Has Business been responsible for converting Merry Christmas to Happy Holidays?
Merry Christams, Happy Holidays or Good Yomtov are all simple wishes of goodwill towards one during the holiday period, so why the upset by some?
Business has to caters to a variety of clients - Jews, Christians, African Americans, etc. They all have holidays during this period, and it would be expensive to do them all individually, so they simply chose to cover all evenutalities under one banner 'Happy Holidays."
I have no issue with this. Why does anyone else?
Since the usual objection is that Happy Holidays has taken the Christ out of Christmas, I assume it's because Christians aren't aware, or don't care, that there are many religious celebrations taking place during the month of December.
Ashura, the Feast of St. Nicholas, Bodhi Day, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Hanukkah, Yule, Christmas, and Kwanzaa all occur in December. In our diverse society, to assume that "Merry Christmas" covers everyone is simply narrow-minded.
I don't mind if someone wishes me a Merry Christmas, or a Blessed Yule, or a Happy Hanukkah, if that's what they celebrate, and am perfectly happy when I hear Happy Holidays, because that includes everyone.
I think this is just another case of Christians trying to make everything all about them...
Took the words right out of my mouth. So much this!
This started when poltical correctness started.
Political correctness is the a derogatory term for those who do not think the world revolves around themselves. Not wanting to exclude others with the language you use should be considered a good thing.
With pun intended I am aghast! Happy Holiday is wrong with any day of celebration. That means a personal holiday from work too. After all the etymology points out it arrived from the old English 'haligdæg'. Its meaning is "holy day, consecrated day, religious anniversary; Sabbath," from halig "holy" (see holy) + dæg "day" But, that does not answer the question.
The Happy Holidays phenomena becoming socially (Politically?) correct is recent to the last decade in the U.S. Why? Secularism . . . long discussion. Anyway . . . there were three social forces at play for correctness to become socially acceptable. In chronicle order those forces are:
Government with its agencies
Public places and education that receive government funding
And, then business
Next, is social folkway and mores, of which is transitioning today.
Businesses are doing it in response to political / extreme groups' pressure.
Just Say "Merry Christmas"
We know it is a war on Christianity because no one is telling Jews to take Judaism out of Hanukah, and liberals outright celebrate Islam in Ramadan and demand accommodation of Muslim religious demands from foot washing baths in airports to Muslims refusing to handle alcohol as cashiers or taxi drivers.
by lyjo 6 years ago
Are you comfortable saying Merry Christmas or do you say Happy Holidays? Why? Do you know the...right thing to say to the right person? Do you think we have become too Politically Correct?
by bayareagreatthing 7 years ago
Do you like someone to say, "Happy holidays," or "Merry Christmas?" Why?
by Flightkeeper 8 years ago
Are you doing anything to make it more Christ centered? I was thinking of taking out the Christmas tree, the stockings, Santa Claus, the Nutcracker figures. Heck I didn't realize I had all this stuff. Maybe I'll have a small tree and just put lights. I have a Nativity...
by Wendy Iturrizaga 9 years ago
After a year filled with numerous ups and downs, it is my sincere wish for all of us to have a good and peaceful holiday season no matter what. May it be filled with countless blessings, love, good health, greater prosperity, and joy. With the New Year almost upon us, may 2010 be a much...
by Beth100 8 years ago
to everyone!!!I know it's a bit early, but I'll be losing my connection to the outside world in exactly 30 minutes.Celebrate in style and stay safe everyone!See y'all in 2011 if not sooner!Beth
by Ashley Cathcart-McKinnon 4 years ago
Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?Where I live, it is actually against the retail rules to wish someone a Merry Christmas. I use to say it anyways because it is my celebration and if someone wants to wish me a Happy Hannukah, I will thank them!
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