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That greeting, used all of our lives for the year’s last holiday, now is politically incorrect. We can’t help but ask ourselves, what’s in a name?
Happy Holidays is what’s considered “appropriate,”and the ridiculous term holiday tree has even been thrown around instead of Christmas tree.
It seems no matter what the issue is in the world, somebody will try to suck the fun out of it.
We find it hard to believe most people consider Christmas a full-blown Christian holiday anymore. Even for the non-religious, Christmas is a time of togetherness, a time to see family and a time for giving but not necessarily a time to worship Christ.
People have gone so far as to revolt against candy canes, contending that the cane is a representation of a shepherd’s stick, and the shepherd is Christ.
Candy canes, the delicious treat we all grew up with, are inappropriate? What would be better? Scotch mints? Be careful, we’ll offend the Irish.
There’s always something people are going to complain about, but isn’t going after one of the most celebrated holidays a little too far? We have all heard the religious zealots in the past, but now non-religious zealots are protesting Christmas. Someone didn’t get the toy truck they wanted from Santa one year.
What’s in a name? Nothing. To each his own. If you want to say “Happy Holidays,” all the power to you, and if not, well, “Merry Christmas.”
Sit back, have a rum and eggnog, watch Christmas Vacation – not Holiday Vacation – for the 30th time, and enjoy your time off work.