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Say Merry Christmas! Not Happy Holidays
December 14, 2007, 10:49 pm
Filed under: Christmas


Happy Holidays:Merry Christmas!

In recent years many organizations have pointed out that different chain stores have banned the words Merry Christmas and instead have replaced them with the bland and ‘inoffensive?’ Happy Holidays. My mother-in-law, Mrs. Mary Peate sent us another letter – she has noticed that this is a pattern in her local paper too. Whenever they can they use the words Happy Holidays to replace Merry Christmas. She wants to start a movement , “Let’s all say Merry Christmas – not Happy Holidays”. Here’s what Mary wrote:

Let’s all Rally Round the wassail bowl and raise our cups in a Christmas salute to those hard-working pressured types at the Burlington Free Press who write the headlines in that paper. Lets toast them for their earnest, dedicated, and always successful efforts to avoid using the word Christmas, even when the story is about Christmas.

You can see the fruits of their labors in the first section of the December 3rd edition. On the Front page we read: Pomerleau Holiday Party Celebrates Families. I bet the invitation issued by Mr. Pomerleau called it a Christmas Party. I understand that Mr. & Mrs. Claus were at the party too. I have no doubt they responded to the invitation with ‘we would be delighted to come to your Christmas Party Mr. Pomerleau’.

On the front page of Section B we see the heading; Colchester Celebrates Holiday Season With Song. Reading that I thought, “Bet the songs they sang were Christmas songs and carols. Especially since the caption below the picture states, ‘Dozens of people turn out for the annual Christmas tree lighting and caroling at the Colchester meeting house afterward’.

Since when has Christmas become a dirty word? Was it when the campaign began a few years back when people were urged to say, ‘Happy Holidays’ instead of ‘Merry Christmas’? If so it must have been one individual who started it all, in that case I intend to take it on myself to start a campaign to bring back Merry Christmas. Even the stores we go to to buy our Christmas presents wish us Happy Holidays. Do those words convey the same warmth as do Merry Christmas called out cheerily as people have been doing for decade after decade. Why change a good thing? I intend to be a pest about this business this year.

So, MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and yours. I hope you have a lovely time; stay in a good frame of mind; visit the crèche; say a prayer; sing Happy Birthday to Jesus; show off your pipes singing a Christmas Carol.

Thank whoever gives you a gift sincerely, enthusiastically and gratefully. Just think of what went into the process it had to take to find its way from the gifters hand to your hand: Earning the funds to pay for it; deciding what to buy; going out and getting it; wrapping it; and delivering it to you. This year being a tough one for everyone, a little gratitude would be all the more welcome.

And you kids with a Christmas tree in your living room, thank your mom and dad for all the hard work, time, and talent they put into making Christmas day a good one that you’ll remember and maybe will wax nostalgically about when you’re an adult. Don’t let those so-called politically correct freaks spoil your fun or your Christmas. Have a Merry one!


Mary Peate


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Christmas Cheer is far more romantic than Holiday Cheer. Christmas Carole has a far better celebratory ring to it than Holiday Tunes. Christmas tree sounds far more real than Holiday tree…Christmas is forever! Holidays are just events.

Comment by anglhugnu2

I think “happy holidays” carries with it a hidden agenda in singling out one holiday for generic treatment. …sort of like “take that” with a smile. I recommend the following post, which I enjoyed: http://deligentia.wordpress.com/2009/11/29/happy-holidays-as-a-weapon/

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