Happy Holidays and being Politically Correct
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.