Is the world getting too sensitive? Happy Holidays to you!
By Faye Hazel
November 14, 2017 11:54am CST
As we are already into November (wow time flies!) I thought I would write a piece about another area of how I think people are getting too touchy these days. The whole "Merry Christmas"/"Happy Holidays" debate. Now, growing up - we didn't celebrate Christmas. We celebrated the older celebration of Winter Solstice or Yule. So we quickly got on to wishing people happy holidays. It seemed like the most accurate thing to do because it covered whatever they may celebrate or not celebrate. And, after awhile it became the trendy thing to do in society - for that reason. Now - at least a certain faction of people are offended by the"Happy Holidays" greeting. I think the reasoning is that indeed Dec. 25th is Christmas (which the majority of people in this area celebrate) and if you need the majority (who would say "Merry Christmas") to change to "Happy Holidays" just because *you* are the one who observes something different then you are too sensitive, etc. Well, we still keep our main celebrating on the 21st or 22nd of December (the Solstice also called Yule) but we also do get together on the 25th for Christmas usually doing something untraditional (since we don't have extended family to get together with) - like we will watch a movie and go to the local Chinese restaurant for example. Personally -- I really don't get offended either way. If someone says "Merry Christmas" to me, I'm fine with that, and it's nice. If someone says "Happy Holidays" I think that is equally as nice. Come to think on it - it hasn't happened - but if someone were to say "Joyous Kwanza" or "Happy Hanukkah" I would think this is equally great too. I don't get all offended and bent out of shape because someone either took the "safe" route and said "Happy Holidays" (which fits my celebrating the closest) nor am I offended that they didn't say have a "Super Solstice" or a "Jubilant Yule" . People better watch out, I may start wishing everyone a "Fantastic Festivus" or something. lol. What do you make of it. Here is the famous "Festivus" scene from Seinfeld :
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• United States
We are a nation of snowflakes, perhaps even a world of snowflakes. Having ones feelings hurt it not to be done ever!!! I will continue to offend those of such a sensitive nature by saying "Merry Christmas" and "Happy Holidays."
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• East Tawas, Michigan
Family tradition is just that, family tradition. What a person carries in their heart, is a personal thing. It's a one on one relationship, between them and God. How that is celebrated or acted out, is totally personal. It's really noone else's business. God created this universe, the people didn't!
• United States
"Super Solstice" or a "Jubilant Yule I have no idea what that is. Never heard of it in my life. I say Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday's. The other stuff I would not even know if I were to be offended. I don't know what Hanukkah is either so there goes that. lol.
• United States
Whatever someone says to me is fine. I tend to say Merry Christmas... its hard not to. I mean seriously everywhere we go now, everything is lighted up in Christmas Themes and stuff. I grew up in a strong Catholic house hold. Adopted Family was also Jewish. No one had any issues being told Merry Christmas... you know, they did their ~ week long celebration, we did our own thing. I still exchanged Christmas presents with my BFF. If anyone is being nice and friendly, that should be appreciated. It would be different if they were going around saying mean things and being insulting. But to get mad over someone being nice and friendly? just shows how poor character some people are getting. :(
I heard from some radio stations about how people in certain countries have become very sensitive lately about this sort of greetings. Weird to me. (since when that they have become so sensitive like that? Freedom of speech is OK, but to be too critical of everything is just above me.)
• Pamplona, Spain
I suppose I am a bit luckier because I can say "Feliz Navidad" or "Felizes Fiestas" the latter one can mean "Happy Holidays". However I come from Great Britain and "Merry Christmas" will always be "Merry Christmas" for us.