Opinion: Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays
For Patch contributor Bill Buckheit, tolerance is a two-way street.
Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! People are smiling and everyone is generally pleasant, until I greet them with “Merry Christmas”, and then I get “the look”.
I have to ask myself, how could anyone be offended by me wishing them a Merry Christmas?
When I was growing up and even a few years back, saying “Merry Christmas” was our tradition. It’s what we, as Americans have said our whole lives. Now suddenly, it is no longer politically correct.
How did this happen and why? It seems some over-sensitive representatives of various religious groups took offense to our tradition. They believe we should say "Happy Holidays" as to not offend anyone.
Not to offend anyone? How about the American people? I see the debate raged all over Facebook, and Twitter and it seems most people don’t understand why there is an uproar over this subject.
Most people take a stance on one side of the fence or the other. They are either offended and feel it is Un-American to have to say “Happy Holidays.” Others preach of tolerance and say they have no problems with it.
I feel there is a valid reason to be upset. American people are proud of our past and traditions. We don't force our customs on other countries.
The folks representing other groups are the ones that brought the issue up and requested we say “Happy Holidays” as to not offend them. We are not opposed to having other religious groups celebrate their way. But we are justifiably offended when they request we change our traditions and beliefs to appease them.
There are people who say we should be tolerant of others and it’s not a big deal. On one level I agree, but on another I simply can’t go along with it. It is very pompous of any group to try to force change onto another. I don’t think many Americans really care how a certain group treats Christmas. Your beliefs are yours and should be respected.
I feel the folks complaining about our traditions are the ones who are out of line. They have no right to attempt to force us to change our traditions.
Tolerance is a two-way street. It's not about right or wrong, but traditions. Respect of traditions is a part of tolerance. I should not have to change my beliefs and views for someone. That same viewpoint of tolerance should be observed by all.
That's why I say, “Merry Christmas.”