Happy Holidays Everyone

In Opinion

Merry Christmas – crap. Covering the front desk at the corporate headquarters where I worked last year, I greeted each and every employee with a cheerful “Merry Christmas” greeting. Then, I realized that in the corporate world, any mention of Christmas is a big no-no.

So apparently any mention of participation in an American tradition that is tied to Christian roots, but mainly secular today, is offensive to so many others that it may be considered a nine letter word in the near future. Now that’s crap.

The U.S. Census Bureau reported a variety of facts regarding the holiday season. Get this, 1.9 billion Christmas cards are sent to family and friends each year. This makes Christmas the No. 1 card-sending occasion in the United States.

Out of over 300 million people, 1.9 billion Christmas cards are sent, and we are supposed to be afraid of saying Merry Christmas?

Now, I’m not insensitive to those with non-Christian religious affiliations. In recent interviews with comparative religion experts, I was informed that many Jewish people are not offended by being greeted with “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah.” In addition, the concept of Christmas is so secular and embedded into American tradition that even some atheists partake in the festivities.

While there is a deeper meaning to many people during this holiday, the foundation is applicable to all. This joyful season is about showing our love for others, for some the love of God to our brothers and sisters, to others appreciation and genuine sentimental feelings. It’s also about taking a step back from our often self-centered lives to give to others, sometimes outside of our means.

I fear that America is so concerned with walking on eggshells around anyone with views different from those expressed through American traditions that we lose sight of our unique culture.

We are made up of many different races, ethnicities, cultural and religious backgrounds. Yet, on a few special days throughout the year, we all stop what we are doing to take a day off from work and enjoy our own family tradition. There are people that do not believe in Christ, but who doesn’t believe in family, expressing love, reveling in joy, giving to others and taking time to relax? I would venture to say the number is very minimal.

So, this holiday season, if the spirit so urges you, do not hesitate to joyfully extend a “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Hanukkah” or “Happy Holidays” greeting. As for me, I wish you the happiest of holiday times, all the joy in the world and more blessings than you can imagine.

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