Do you say “Merry Christmas or “Happy Holidays”? Many have noted the prominence of the “Happy Holidays” phrasing, arguing that it’s part of what some have called the War on Christmas. I don’t really think there’s a well-organized war against Christmas, but it’s undeniable that the real meaning behind Christmas has been hijacked by retailers in the name of the almighty profit.
As a die hard capitalist I have no problem with the retailers’ Christmas marketing; however, businesses that force their employees to say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” ought to be shamed out of business. I get very annoyed when people say “Happy Holidays,” mainly because the phrase is vague and meaningless. I don’t see it as some huge conspiracy against Jesus as some do, but it still bothers me from a language standpoint, and here’s why:
- “Happy Holidays” takes longer to say. “Merry Christmas” is four syllables, and “Happy Holidays” is five. Why use a longer phrase when a shorter one will do?
- “Happy Holidays” is imprecise. What other holiday could you be talking about other than Christmas? New Year’s Eve? Why don’t you just wait until after Christmas to wish someone a happy new year and stop being so vague. If you want to wish someone a merry Christmas, just go out and say it! It doesn’t offend anyone. Plenty of Jews have wished me a merry Christmas, just as I wished them a happy Hanukkah. Which brings me to my final point.
- “Happy Holidays” is a bunch of politically correct gobbledygook. Someone somewhere at sometime got the idea that mentioning Christmas offended people. I DON’T KNOW ANYONE WHO IS OFFENDED BY CHRISTMAS! We need to stop using such horrible language to describe things. We now have complicated terms for race, religion, politics, etc. We’ve become a bunch of wusses at the same time that our language has been wussified. I would argue that by making our language P.C., the thought police have turned our entire society into a weak and pathetic shell of a country. Until we stop being afraid of offending someone, no one will be afraid of us. No wonder all these little shit-stains like North Korea think they can mess with us.