Why can’t I say “Merry Christmas”?

Merry Christmas everyone! Wait, you can’t say that anymore. Happy Holidays!Ah, that’s better – or at least safer.

But why does it have to be so politically correct? It is understandable that when saying happy holidays, it covers all the bases: Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanza, and New Years. But you should be able to say Happy Chanukah or Merry Christmas without offending the other person, right?.

 The holidays are supposed to be about celebrating life and being together, not worrying about offending someone for a wrong greeting.

Just be happy someone is wishing you a happy and healthy holiday, whether they say happy holidays or Merry Christmas.

If the person says happy holidays, it means they’re playing it safe, they don’t want to offend. But it’s not like that person is saying “screw you” if you’re a Christian, Muslim or Jew. They just want to include everyone in that one statement.

But, this is America, where Jews, Muslims, Christians and those of any other religion can live in harmony.

            Sure it’s politically correct to say happy holidays because you don’t know what a person celebrates just by looking at them. All companies teach their employees to say happy holidays. If you don’t know which holiday or religion they are observing, it may just be easier to say happy holidays. And again, saying happy holidays also covers Thanksgiving along with New Years.            

But definitely on Christmas Eve and Christmas day, it is absolutely appropriate to say Merry Christmas! Even if you don’t celebrate, don’t get offended because the person saying that statement to you is being nice!  

            Have some holiday cheer! Drink some eggnog, sing songs and be merry. Whatever holiday or religion you observe, it shouldn’t matter.

Just be happy that you’re with you family, happy and healthy and that someone took the time to offer you a warm greeting..



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