Since everyone is so afraid to say it this year, I figured I would title the entry Merry Christmas. Oh, I said it again. I hope I don’t offend anyone. Who am I kidding? I hope that I do offend some people. This idea that we can only say Happy Holidays is stupid. Plain and simple stupid. If you don’t celebrate Christmas, fine. Don’t. But it is time we as Christians (devout, twice a year church goers, and/or everyone in between) stand up and take back this holiday. I’m not saying this to be arrogant. If you choose not to celebrate Christmas that is your right. Maybe you celebrate Hanukkah or something else. But when the vast majority of American’s do celebrate Christmas, and it should be acknowledged.
I went into a book store yesterday, I won’t mention the name. I needed to buy a gift card. They have several choices but no Merry Christmas version. So, I figured they were out of stock. The lady behind the counter says, “no, we try to keep it politically correct this time of year”. I couldn’t believe it! Then, as I’m walking out of the store, I noticed there is no mention of Christmas anywhere. It’s just the “holiday season” at this particular bookstore. I guess they were afraid if they put up a Christmas sign, they might have to put up a Festivus pole too.
Here is a newsflash for all you struggling retailers. Come Christmas season 2009, you better have signs up saying Merry Christmas, Merry Christmas gift cards on your counter, and have sales people that aren’t afraid to say Merry Christmas. Why? Because I am going to make it a requirement next year for my shopping. If you’re too “politically correct” to say Merry Christmas (or at least recognize that Christmas exists) then I’m not spending a dime in your store or on your website. I encourage you and your family to do the same next year. It’s amazing, Christmas is such a big time for some of these retailers, yet some refuse to even mention it by name.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to step down from my soapbox, have some eggnog and wrap some Christmas presents for my family and friends, as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.