It’s Okay to Say ‘Merry Christmas’

What is this War on Christmas I keep hearing about every year? I really don’t get it.

Sure, there are nutjobs out there that hate it when someone says Happy Holidays, instead of Merry Christmas but then, from my point of view, that’s their problem not mine. Not everyone is a Christian and to be honest, December 25th is not the birthdate of their god and even Christians will admit that nowadays.
Also, do those people understand the etymology of the word Holiday? Do you? It comes from Holy Day. I really cannot believe there are people that become angry when the former greeting is used.
As I started to write this, I happened to turn the channel on my T.V to…The O’Reilly Factor where a debate on this subject was just beginning. Normally, I can’t stand Bill O’Reilly but this was an interesting conversation and at the end of it I finally understood what’s become known as The War on Christmas and from his point of view, it has nothing to do with keeping Christ in Christmas.
Here’s the story: some years ago, according to Mr. O’Reilly, there were several stores that told there employees that they were forbidden to say “Merry Christmas” to customers. He reported on that and there was so much pressure on those businesses, they rescinded the order or as he said “caved in”. He also said he had no problem with people using “Happy Holidays”.
I don’t know if this story is true, but if it is, I think we can all back off a little.
Besides, everyone knows that this holiday is really not a religious one anymore. You don’t see commercials with baby Jesus in them, you see commercials with Santa Claus. Hell, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade ends with…Santa Claus, not Jesus. I haven’t heard any Christians that I know complain about any of this.
I don’t know about you, but I have never been offended when someone wishes me a Merry Christmas. I really don’t think anyone should be offended and Christians shouldn’t be offended with people or displays that use Happy Holidays.
I believe this whole kerfuffle is stupid. Just because you happen to be an Atheist doesn’t mean you can’t say Merry Christmas if you want to use that greeting. It doesn’t mean you’re a hypocrite any more than it would mean the same for a Christian to say Happy Holidays.
It would be nice one day if we had no religious references in any holidays whatsoever but I don’t believe it’s going to happen anytime soon. I mean, we even (Christians an non alike) celebrate Easter with what? A bunny, dyed boiled eggs, and candy. What the hell does that have to with crucifixion and resurrection?
Nothing. And Christmas these days has nothing to do with Christ.

3 thoughts on “It’s Okay to Say ‘Merry Christmas’

  1. It’s a preference for me. “Christmas” has Christ in it and my family (immediate, anyway) and I don’t do anything remotely involving “Christ” during this time of year. I prefer saying “Happy Holidays” but I don’t berate anyone for saying “Merry Christmas” to me.

    I say “gesundheit” instead of “bless you” when someone sneezes as well 😀


    • If someone wishes me “Merry Christmas”, I usually respond in kind. I really don’t ever think about it much. It bothers me though that some won’t even acknowledge, religion aside, that the holiday is actually “Christmas”. I guess if enough people petitioned the government for a name change, it could be done…it is sort a a church/state violation because the government is recognizing one religion over all others. Hmmm.


  2. In East Germany, the official greeting was “Frohes Fest!” (Happy Festival!) , but everyone said “Fröhliche Weihnachten” (“Merry Christmas,” lit. “Joyful Holy Night.”) anyways.

    Yesterday, while running errands, a young gal, confused by road work, backed into me with her baby truck. We pulled over, and as I got out I hollered, ‘let’s see how bad you fucked up my car, then we’ll talk about how to deal with it.’ Her ball hitch put a tiny dent in my bumper, and cracked a turn light. I told her it didn’t matter, but I asked her whether she’d seen me or heard me honking. “No, I panicked. That’s how accidents happen.” So lectured her, kindly I hope, on not panicking, rather staying calm in such situations, how I’d done the same at her age, yadda yadda old man lecture. Apologized for being agitated at first, and reminded her to just keep her wits about her in future as there’s always a way out of a situation. She thanked me, shook my hand and said “Merry Christmas.”

    I thought it odd yet at the same time so appropriate. We waved to each other as we drove off. We all should wish each other a Merry Christmas every day.


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