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Happy Holidays and being Politically Correct

Updated on January 6, 2012


I cannot begin to count the numerous times I have heard the expression “happy holidays” over the past few weeks. A short time after Thanksgiving, people seem to get into a festive holiday mood. This is slightly aggravating to me but not because I am some holiday hating Grinch. I love this time of year. I love the snow. I love the music. I love the time with family. I love Christmas.


We constantly hear the politically correct term of “happy holidays” during this time of the year. I refuse to tell anyone happy holidays. It’s a cop-out. I prefer saying Merry Christmas because that is what I believe. Whenever someone tells me happy holidays, I respond with Merry Christmas. If you do not believe in Christmas, than that is too bad. I am not going to feel sorry if I offended you. I am simply telling you how I believe.


But this is not supposed to be some rant about Christmas. This is a joyous time of the year and calls for much celebration. What I am truly harping on is political correctness. It makes me sick. We have become far too sensitive in this country. We are scared to offend anyone. We don’t want anyone to take what we say incorrectly. What ever happened to saying what you actually believed? Why do we have to make such an attempt to keep everyone happy or keep from offending someone?


Being politically correct comes from politics and politicians. Take a look at our politicians. Are these really people we want to emulate? The majority of the politicians are not people after whom I would want to model my life. Politicians are politically correct and don’t want to offend people because they need votes to stay on office. Politicians lie to us and say one thing while doing another once they are elected. Being politically correct is cowardly and makes a person in-genuine. It is like saying one thing when you really mean something else.


Now, I am not advocating that you go out of your way to be politically incorrect. There is no need to purposely be offending others. I am simply asking that you take a step back and look at yourself. Be true to yourself. Be the person you really are and not who others want you to be. Say what you really believe and not what others want to hear. We are protected by free speech in this country, and we do not always have to be politically correct. I only want people to be genuine and not put on some façade.


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      Aunt Jimi 5 years ago from The reddest of the Red states!

      Thank you Laura.

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      Laura Matkin 5 years ago

      You two should get together sometime you have great chemistry! lol Would make good TV news discussion. Aunt Jimi you have a good heart I would want you on my side anytime!

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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      I appreciate it.

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      Aunt Jimi 5 years ago from The reddest of the Red states!

      You don't antagonize me. I'm just doing what you think everyone should do. Saying what I think and avoiding PC language. How's it workin' for ya??

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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      I didn’t use the term occupiers. I used the term 99%, which can be interchanged with the term occupiers. The occupiers are part of this so called 99%. My SES wouldn’t put me in the top 1%, but I refuse to be included as part of the 99%. Being part of the 99% is a choice. It doesn’t stand for the true percentage of people.

      Standing up for the accountability of politicians? That’s an oxymoron. Last I checked, your hated conservatives were against big government. Big government leads to corruption. Seems like the occupiers should agree with the conservatives on smaller government.

      I know of plenty of people who are on unemployment even though they had job opportunities. Obama gave his little extension and increased the handouts. People are working the system instead of a job. Taking advantage of free money because it’s easier than working, just like the abuse of most of the entitlement programs.

      Conservatives are hatched and not born? Wow.

      The only reason I have dignified any of what you have said is for page views, and I will continue to antagonize you if you want to keep playing the game.

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      Aunt Jimi 5 years ago from The reddest of the Red states!

      Copied and pasted here from your 2nd response to my postings:

      "People living in tents in the US? The 99%? The lazy people who believe they are entitled to everything and want it for free instead of working for it?"

      You said nothing about "Occupiers." You stated the 99% who are living in tents. There are thousands of people across this country living in tents and they are not necessarily affiliated with the Occupiers movement. However the Occupiers movement is standing up for working people and for accountability of bankers and politicians. Since you are obviously one of the elite wealthy with banker friends, I'm sure you object to them.

      What I would like "it" to say is that you have been enlightened and realize that all unemployed people, in fact very few of them, are unemployed because they are lazy and do not want to work. I would like your writing to say you have found your misplaced compassion for other people and intend to utilize it. However, I don't believe conservatives have any misplaced compassion. I think they were born (more likely hatched) devoid of even a speck of compassion for other people.

      Think of all the page views you are getting thanks to me. You should be grateful.

      Pull your head out and hear the birds sing. Your vision may improve measurably also. Maybe YOU should read what you have written.

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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      @Jimi - Thanks for misquoting me. I did say the occupyers who are looking for handouts are lazy. That is correct. However, I never said all unemployed people are lazy. Maybe you should read what is actually written instead of what you want it to say.

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      Aunt Jimi 5 years ago from The reddest of the Red states!

      I know what you have written about. You have said in your earlier remarks on this hub that everyone who lives in tent cities in this country, or who is unemployed at all is too lazy to work. Talk about being stereotypical . . . you are a typical conservative liar with no compassion for anyone. I figured you were amusing yourself -- why else would you continue to write to me? I only respond when you continue your typical conservative insults. Stop inviting my remarks and go think about death and destruction, the favorite subject of conservatives.

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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      @Aunt Jimi - This is purely comical for me. Your utter hatred for conservatives is astounding. As soon as you got the idea in your head that I was conservative, you began bombarding me with loathsome comments. Now, I am not at all complaining about it; I simply find your behavior amusing. You are being downright stereotypical and judgmental. You don’t truly know anything about me personally, but if it makes you feel better, you can continue with your assumptions. The only part that disappoints me is that the rest of your 99% friends aren’t backing you up, but they must be too busy out occupying something.

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      Aunt Jimi 5 years ago from The reddest of the Red states!

      Jeolipoo: But I have compassion for others and I don't lie, so unlike yourself, I'm not truly qualified to be a conservative, much less a conservative politician. I was a Republican for many years as a young adult, and then I bothered to really look at things and learned the error of my ways. Not everyone can do that. Some people simply can't learn even when they develop that desire, which you have not. So you have my deepest sympathy, and as I have said previously regarding your lack of compassion for others, May God have mercy on your soul.

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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      @Aunt Jimi - Have you ever considered a career in politics? Because you keep saying one thing and doing the opposite.

      @Alladream - Thanks. I agree, be you.

      @Wo3 - I entirely agree that PC is destroying "open and honest" communication

      @Laura - you are right that we suffer the influence of institutions and don't always do what we want/should

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      Laura Matkin 5 years ago from Laceys Spring, Alabama

      I know what you mean sociotey,,,,,,,,, work places and school systems having such a big influence on what we think we should say what we want. Keep putting it out there whatever you want to say!! Everyone needs a critic, keeps ya on your toes.

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      Wo3lfMad 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Political Correctness is such a rampant thing, it is more like risk management these days for fear of offending someone or some cause. But we are to blame as a society for being way too sensitive about everything. In fact, it is my belief that this PC animal is stifling proper (Open and Honest) debate. My 2.5 cents anyway.

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      Victor Mavedzenge 5 years ago from Oakland, California

      Be you. Thats all I can say. I wouldn't be offended if someone greeted me by a celebration of their holiday,I take it to mean, "enjoy this time, we celebrate as..."

      Good hub. And thanks for the follow on Twitter,it led me back here to your HP page.

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      Aunt Jimi 5 years ago from The reddest of the Red states!

      geordmc:

      Who ever said anyone should emulate a politician? Are you saying we elect people we want to emulate? I hope not. We should be electing people who will do the most good at their jobs, but of course that's wishful thinking these days too.

      Sorry to have to disagree with you, but politicians are not the people who invented politically correct language. I won't argue something with you that you obviously do not understand.

      I classify you because of what you say/write. That's all I have to go on with you or anyone else here. I don't walk by anyone in need, and have always helped anyone I could regardless of their situation. Yup, I even help wealthy people if they need it. It's not my place to judge them or you.

      I never have a snide attitude. I am not better than anyone, nor is anyone better than me. We are all equal in God's eyes, and his eyes are the only ones that matter when all is said and done. I'm well aware there are not enough jobs out there for even close to the number of the people who need them. I think you have me mixed up with joelipoo who said the people living in tent cities are all too lazy to work. I guess what s/he means is that anyone who can't just snap their fingers and make a job appear -- that's all it takes, yes? -- is lazy.

      Never-the-less, I have seen far more conservatives who will only help what they consider to be the "deserving" and I believe that was what you said too -- "I try to help people who truly need help." What are the qualifications for "truly needing help?"

      It is the right wing so-called Christian conservatives who sneer at the less fortunate, and refuse to help other people. They like to hide behind the Christian label but act nothing like my Bible says Christians are supposed to act. Don't blame God for that. He gave us all free choice.

      You may very well be superior in whatever criteria you use to judge the morals and acts of other people, but remember, one doesn't get to Heaven through works. One does good works because God is working through them and He is doing that because they have already been saved. That wouldn't be your reason if you don't believe in God.

      I have said before that sometimes non-Christians behave more like Christians than self proclaimed Christians do.

      I'm one of the worst Christians on the planet and I readily admit it, if that will make you feel better. I have to get up every day and try again to be what God wants and expects me to be. Like most people, I do fall short. but I keep trying.

      Live and let live, I always say. If people want to use PC language regardless of the reason -- out of consideration for other people, or just for the heck of it, what difference does it make to you or anyone else? We will all have to answer for our thoughts and words and deeds one of these days. If using PC language is your idea of a cardinal sin, then you must not have heard about some of the other things some people do . . .

      If you prefer less cordial language then use it. Your choice, but don't begrudge others that same choice. There are a lot more important things to worry about than how someone greets people during the Christmas holidays. So get over the fact that not everyone is going to say Merry Christmas, and some people like yourself may choose not to celebrate at all.

      You are having a hissy fit, accusing me of judging you, and then what do you do? Turn right around and make assumptions and judgments about me. Do you know the definition of the word hypocrite?

      What is PC language? A matter of opinion mostly. And a desire to get along with everyone. With so much diversity in our country now, you're going to spend a lot of time being unhappy if you can't get past the PC thing.

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      geordmc 5 years ago from Beliot, Wisconsin

      @Jimi

      Selfish? Do you know me? NO. Even though my political views tend to be conservative that does not mean that I am selfish. I have seen way TOO many self-proclaimed "Christians" ignore the homeless and helpless walking by without a second thought. So save your liberal "caring "Christian" crap to yourself. I try to help people who truly need help. Even though I, live on food stamps, I still give food to those who have none. What do you do, walk by and snidely say "get a job"? don't try to classify me just because I hold conservative views. I, personally, don't believe "God" exists. BUT I will lay odds I live more according to the rules set down than you do.

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      Aunt Jimi 5 years ago from The reddest of the Red states!

      geordmc: You don't have to tell us you don't give a damn about other people or what they think. Conservatives make their selfishness plain at every turn.

      Joelipoo: You are writing according to your true feelings, speaking your mind, no PC for you. It's obvious that you have no compassion or caring for anyone but yourself, and that you are filled to overflowing with hatred for the less fortunate. Your banker friends need to take responsibility for their actions. Best hope your luck doesn't run out because what goes around comes around.

      May God have mercy on your souls.

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      geordmc 5 years ago from Beliot, Wisconsin

      @Aunt Jimi

      I don't believe YOU read and understood this hub.

      "But this is not supposed to be some rant about Christmas. This is a joyous time of the year and calls for much celebration. What I am truly harping on is political correctness. It makes me sick. We have become far too sensitive in this country. We are scared to offend anyone. We don’t want anyone to take what we say incorrectly. What ever happened to saying what you actually believed? Why do we have to make such an attempt to keep everyone happy or keep from offending someone?

      Being politically correct comes from politics and politicians. Take a look at our politicians. Are these really people we want to emulate? The majority of the politicians are not people after whom I would want to model my life. Politicians are politically correct and don’t want to offend people because they need votes to stay on office. Politicians lie to us and say one thing while doing another once they are elected. Being politically correct is cowardly and makes a person in-genuine. It is like saying one thing when you really mean something else."

      YOU are being too sensitive, the hub is about how through the politicians and THEIR views has CHANGED HOW PEOPLE SPEAK AND INTERACT with each other. The fear of offending someone has become paramount in this "melting pot" we call home. No longer is an American Indian an Indian they are now Native Americans. Words are only words, they only hurt if you LET them. And ,YES, I am a Conservative but I am also an Independant. In other words I can and do think for myself, without the need to be politicaly correct. My friends know this. You need to accept me the way I am or nor. I JUST DON'T GIVE A DAMN!

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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thank you, Elearn. I appreciate your sincerity.

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      Darlene Matthews 5 years ago

      I am a Christian that says Happy Holiday because I'm aware of our beautiful melting pot. Interesting Hub! God Bless!

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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      You are being very stereotypical and judgemental. Isn't that my job as a conservative?

      I have that higher education, so I can speak with confidence on it. Higher education thrives on indoctrination.

      Thank you for informing me the bankers are my friends. People make the bed they lie in. Start accepting responsibility instead of expecting handouts. Those occupiers who "can't" find jobs turned down jobs when they were offered http://www.mediaite.com/tv/occupy-wall-street-prot...

      I am currently unemployed and haven't found work in my field since graduating in May, but you don't see me out complaining and expecting everything for free. I have worked manual labor jobs to get by. I'm not being heartless; I'm just not making excuses. I'm getting by with what I have and actually working towards a better life.

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      Aunt Jimi 5 years ago from The reddest of the Red states!

      Yes, I can see you can handle it. You are one of the hateful, mean spirited, uncharitable, selfish, heartless people called conservatives for short. Didn't take much to bring that out in you did it? Your vicious hatred doesn't scare me. You're pretty clear about what is the most important issue in your life. YOU. If the world doesn't revolve around you then I'm sure you believe it certainly should.

      Actually, it is plain to anyone with the slightest reading comprehension skills, that you specifically complained about 'happy holidays.' Political correct speech was just a side dish. Maybe you should engage in some of that higher education you so generously sneer at so that you know what you're talking about? Perhaps it would also help you understand what other people are talking about? You are the one complaining about political correct speech and happy holidays, which of itself is not politically correct speech. A lot of people say that out of consideration for other people. Believe it or not, everyone isn't self centered like yourself. Sorry if that comes as a shock. You are the one who seems to want to go to war over words. Words you seem not to even understand.

      The people in tent city are there because your friends the bankers stole their jobs, their homes, and the retirement funds of a lot of people. Now those same people who stole those things say they won't even consider filling their job openings with anyone who is currently unemployed, and they are the reason these people are unemployed!

      Apparently you think people can snap their fingers and make jobs appear. If you truly believe that living in a tent through all kinds of weather and dumpster diving for food is "everything," then why aren't YOU doing it? Don't you want to have "everything?"

      Shame on you for being so heartless. Bet you call yourself a Christian too. May God have mercy on your soul.

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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      This hub is a gripe about political correctness and was merely introduced by one specific item dealing with the holidays.

      Just because I wrote one hub over political correctness does not mean this is the most important issue in my life.

      People living in tents in the US? The 99%? The lazy people who believe they are entitled to everything and want it for free instead of working for it?

      I can more than handle being offended by someone, and I fail to see how my hub is encouraging war by any means. I think there was more of a theme of "Be the person you really are and not who others want you to be."

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      Aunt Jimi 5 years ago from The reddest of the Red states!

      You said several negative things about happy holidays and your entire hub is a gripe about it specifically, as well as politically correct speech in general. You may not have said the specific words "People can't say happy holidays," but you are complaining at length because they do.

      You are making an assumption that people are being fake. You have no way of knowing that they are not just as sincere in their sentiments as you are in yours. But if in fact people are fake, how much fake is too much fake? You said they are "so overly fake that it is sickening." How much fake is tolerable then?

      Why are you judging people over something so trivial? Is there nothing more important in your life or in your eyes than worrying about a simple greeting that is only words?

      People are starving all over the world and they are living in tents right here in the U.S. and your biggest concern is whether someone is genuinely saying "Merry Christmas," or in your estimation, insincerely saying "Happy holidays?"

      I agree that no one should be fired over saying Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Ashura, or anything else relating to a holiday so long as it is respectful.

      As for people saying what they sincerely mean, as I pointed out in my last comments, you would be complaining about that next because not everyone would be saying things so nicely to your liking on a variety of issues. Just as you say you are not afraid to offend people, so there are a lot of people who wouldn't mind offending you. Shall we have a war over political correct speech and Merry Christmas/happy holidays? Or can we use our resources and energy to do something worthwhile? I fail to understand why some people are so obsessed with this issue.

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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      Aunt Jimi, I at no point in the hub said that people can't say Happy Holidays. You read into this what you wanted and put words in my mouth. All I said is that I use the phrase Merry Christmas and am not afraid to offend people. People can say whatever they want to, and I wish they would instead of settling for some politically correct rubbish. People have been fired for saying Merry Christmas because someone was offended. That is absolutely ludicrous. The only point I was trying to make is that people are far too sensative and politically correct. I would much rather have people be sincere and say what they believe. People are so overly fake that it is sickening.

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      Aunt Jimi 5 years ago from The reddest of the Red states!

      I read a great hub on this subject from Au Fait. You should read it.

      You say you're going to say "Merry Christmas" because that's what you want to say, but then you complain because other people are saying "Happy Holidays." Just like you, are they not allowed to say what they want to say??? Must everyone say what you want them to?

      Not everyone in this country is Christian. Some people want to be inclusive rather than exclusive. What's wrong with that?

      As more and more people in our country are not Christian, you will hear more and more people saying "Happy Holidays." No one is telling you what to say, so why are you trying to force your wishes onto other people??

      I say Merry Christmas to the people I know who are celebrating Christmas and something more appropriate to people celebrating one of the dozen or more other holidays being celebrated in December.

      I think if everyone went around saying what they thought you'd be surprised at what you would hear. Next you'd be complaining about that.

      Live and let live. No one I know has ever told me I could not say Merry Christmas if I wanted to, and sometimes I do that. It's my choice, your choice, and you need to let other people make their own choices.

      Join the 21st century. Things are changing. You can gripe about that or just make the best of it, because it's not going to change back.

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      geordmc 5 years ago from Beliot, Wisconsin

      I,too, have a hub that deals with the same subject.

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      Joelipoo 5 years ago from Ohio

      I agree that the education system adds to the political correctness. Our education system has many flaws (which I referenced in another hub), and higher education in particular adds to the indoctrination of our youth.

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      geordmc 5 years ago from Beliot, Wisconsin

      I, too, find the politically correct to be annoying. I always say what I mean. And I mean what I say! I hate the way people try to put words in my mouth that didn't come out of it, or twist what was said to their way of thinking.

      However, I have also found that most people don't have the vocabulary to properly put their thoughts into words. For that you can thank the educational system in our oh so P.C. riddled country.