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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Ho Ho Ho Seeeeasons Greetings

It's the holidays people; spread some frickin' cheer. I am seriously going to lose it over the Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays debate. I just heard yesterday that Christian groups in the states are asking their members to boycott companies that are advising their staff to wish their customers a non-denominational "Happy Holidays". I can't tell you the rage this fills me with. I am constantly fighting with people who dig their heels in on one side or another. Half of people seem to think Happy Holidays or Seasons Greetings is more inclusive and that Merry Christmas is offensive. The other half believe that the holiday is best recognized as Christmas and so should be addressed as such; "Happy Holidays" takes away from the season. And to both these groups I send a resounding "Go Fuck Yourselves".

I am about as against modern Christianity as any one person can be, but if someone wishes me a Merry Christmas I will smile and return the favour. Wish me a Happy Hanukkah and I will do the same back at you. On top of that I hope you have a joyous Kwanzaa, a slap-happy winter solstice and a kickin' Eid ul-Fitr. They are words. Innocuous words that are said with good intention. You don't celebrate the holiday? Who gives a shit!? As long as people are trying to spread some kind of positive energy just nod and smile you irritating joykill. Reserve feeling offended for when something offensive happens you frickin' pussy. It's not like the commercial christmas has anything to with religion anyway.

And as for people who get angry that "Merry Christmas" is not the phrase of choice for everyone--get your head out of your ass and look around for a second. Not everyone is Christian and honestly that's a great thing. Diversity is positive. When the let's face it, racist argument of "It was Christmas first, and now we let them change it" comes along I just about get murderous. Who the fuck said it was Christmas first you arrogant sack of shit. Don't act like any North American country has it's oldest roots in Christian theology because we all know that's entirely false. If someone wants to wish someone else, Happy Holidays as to not recite the plethora of holidays that encapsulates--good for them. If you want to wish people Merry Christmas--good for you. If either of these statements offends you and you're good and ready to make a stink about it, then get a hobby, like knitting, or scrapbooking, or suicide.

We're all from different cultures and it's time people stop being so fuckin' sensitive or secretly racist about it. The nativity scene bothers some people because it seems to highlight one religion over another--and it does, so why not highlight the others too. Instead of working hard to get it torn down, work hard to get a matching Hanukkah display or talk to your co-workers and friends about what you did during Ramadan. Get over being exclusive. Get over being superior. Odds are everyone is wrong anyway and God is in fact dead, or 60 people, or a giant carrot. You may think you know, but you have what anyone else does--a guess.

For now all people really have is eachother and the holidays are a time to embrace your friends and your family--the fact you made it through another year. Celebrate as you so choose but don't judge others for doing the same, because that just makes you an asshole.

Sorry for the rant, but I needed to get that off my chest. Have an awesome holiday whatever you choose to do with it.


At 1:19 p.m., Blogger Madox23 said...

Hey! Did you give me an unconscious shout out in your blog with the crappy desk decorating competition at work and my Chanukah desk decoration plans?

"Instead of working hard to get it torn down, work hard to get a matching Hanukkah display or talk to your co-workers and friends about what you did during Ramadan.”


At 2:16 p.m., Anonymous Sean said...

Have you considered using X-Mas? It's a good way to give a shout out to all the Jesus freaks all the while pissing them off by 'removing Christ from Christmas'.

I just don't know why we all cant come together to celebrate the birth of Santa... I mean, grow up people.

At 10:27 a.m., Anonymous Dan said...

Hell... that's why I like to wish my friends a happy giftmas.

That is the point of all the festivities, right? Screw the whole family crap :)

(Plus, if the Christains say that Christmas came first... they should do
some research about the sun God Mithras, who was born on December 25th (seeing as the 25th is the end of the solstice.... good time for a sun to be born)


I'll get off my pagan soapbox now, and just wish everyone a happy giftmas!


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