The Niagara News is the community newspaper of Niagara College located in Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada. It is created and produced by the students of the Niagara College Journalism program.
I know, I know. I should say “Happy Holidays,” but it doesn’t feel the same. It doesn’t immediately bring back the memories of Christmas morning opening gifts, or the turkey feasts with family. “Happy Holidays” doesn’t evoke the emotions I get when I wish someone “Merry Christmas.”
I understand Canada is a multi-cultural country, and I am proud of that. As a Canadian. I am aware of and appreciate all religions and beliefs, but why is “Merry Christmas” buried at the bottom of the list of politically incorrect phrases?
Who am I hurting when I wish someone “Merry Christmas”?
Can I not, as a Canadian, wish someone “Merry Christmas” if I sincerely mean it?
I celebrate Christmas, and I love it. I don’t shove the idea down anyone’s throat or belittle other holiday celebrations in favour of my own. When I was younger I believed in Santa Claus and his eight reindeer. Each year my family went out and picked our Christmas tree. My stocking was hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. Do you get my point?
Christmas is part of my life, and in some ways shaped the kind of person I am. I learned to give without expecting something in return. I learned the importance of spending time with family and how to share with others. Christmas is a right of passage for young children. It is the holiday where having too much Christmas spirit is a good thing, and people forget the child-like that innocence the holiday’s bring.
Yes, the meaning of Christmas can be lost on some, but to me Christmas brings joy and happiness that is needed in a society that sometimes weighs to heavily on the negative.
For me it can start with two simple words: “Merry Christmas.”