Mike’s Dump

December 18, 2005

Merry Christmas = Happy Holidays = Have a Nice Day

Filed under: Home — mikesdump @ 6:50 am

At what point did the world go completely mental? Previously I accused
geeks of finding a way to always find an argument
but this is obviously
not limited to the coolest people on the planet.

Year after year this topic gets more time on the news.
People get all fired up over saying Happy Holidays instead of Merry
Christmas.

Retailer X is saying Happy Holidays and not Merry Christmas. Customers are outraged and planning a boycott. More at 6:00 pm.

Politician A is excessively politically correct and said “Happy Holidays”. Protesters get violent. Film at 11:00 pm.

Talk about overreacting (these are not real headlines… I hope). People are not substituting Merry Christmas
with “screw you moron I hope you drown in eggnog and I told your kids I
shot Santa”. To me there is no difference between saying Merry
Christmas, Happy Holidays or Have a Nice Day. If said sincerely I
believe in all three cases the message is the same.

But Christmas is part of our North American culture everyone should be saying Merry Christmas.

You are right! I think to solve this problem we will start striping
immigrants of their identities when they enter the country and program
them accordingly. After all, this multiculturisum stuff is a load of
crap anyways. For those of you nodding in agreement please sign up for
Sarcasm 101 at your local community collage. You must feel since we
were the “first” people in North America only our customs should apply,
right?

Culture! Christmas has nothing to do with North American culture. This is a Christian religious holiday.

Um, right. I’m feeling some more sarcasm coming. Where in the bible does it say that you should put up a Christmas tree?

That’s easy. Genesis chapter 6 verse 15.
“This is how you shall make it: the length of the ark three hundred
cubits, its breadth fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits”
Oh wait. I’m sorry that was the ark. Maybe it was somewhere near the
back. I’ll find it yet (That would make one awesome tree though
wouldn’t it?).

Now I know there are people out there that think about their religion
more than at present time and chocolate egg time and I am not trying to
make fun of you. I would only suggest that over the years the meaning
of Christmas has changed for many people like the way the meaning of
some words have changed. For example a hundred years ago you could
probably say, “wow, your son sure is gay” and it be taken as a
compliment. When was the last time you told someone they are gay
because they are happy?

If Christmas could be one thing to all people I wish it could be this.
I wish it could be a few weeks a year where instead of giving someone
the finger for cutting you off in traffic you slowed down to let them
in. I wish it were a time where instead of pointing at laughing at
someone who has slipped and fallen people rush to see if they are ok. I
wish it were a time where we thought more about others than we do
ourselves.

The next time someone looks you in the eyes, smiles and says happy
holidays say thank you and return a greeting that suits you. I
think mine this year will be “don’t shed tears just drink some beers”.

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3 Comments »

  1. Happy Festivus! 😉

    Comment by Anand Narayan — December 19, 2005 @ 12:52 pm | Reply

  2. Hey Anand, I have to ask for Christmas lunch do you eat PB&J or do you mix it up a little and have peanutbutter and banana?

    Don’t Shed Tears Just Drink Some Beers… This is a little long. I’ll have to think of something shorter.

    Comment by mike — December 20, 2005 @ 7:57 pm | Reply

  3. That’s right folks, Mike’s Dump turned one year old today. My very
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