I’ll Say “Merry Christmas” if I Want To

I keep hearing about the so-called “War on Christmas” happening in several English-speaking countries, particularly the United States.  Here in Japan, most people aren’t religious and don’t celebrate Christmas (other than presents for kids and eating fried chicken), but they still decorate and say “Merry Christmas.”

But in the United States, saying “Merry Christmas” is no longer politically correct.  They say you can’t say that anymore.  You might offend non-Christians.  I really don’t care.  I’ll say it if I want to.  I’m not Christian, but I’ll still say it.  Why? Because that’s the name of the holiday.  My family celebrates Christmas, not as a religious holiday, but as a day to be with family.  I’m an atheist, but I’m not one of those overly sensitive people who take offense to pretty much anything.

So I will say this to you:  Merry Christmas.  Happy Hannukah (although it’s over).  Joyous Kwanzaa.  Even Happy Festivus if you celebrate this Seinfeld-created holiday.  And soon, Happy New Year!  If you don’t celebrate anything, then I say, “Have a good day.”

So to everyone, enjoy your day whatever you are doing!

8 thoughts on “I’ll Say “Merry Christmas” if I Want To”

  1. I agree. I was with a group of people the other day and one seemed very insistent on saying “Happy Holidays” vs. “Merry Christmas” every time someone else said “Merry Christmas”. As we walked out of the restaurant I almost chuckled when she ducked into a store saying, “goodbye, I need to pick up a few last minute Christmas presents”.

    It is just the name of the holiday, as you mention. Its okay to say it and it hasn’t ever meant that you are proclaiming an affiliation with a religious group. I notice those some of those same people who have a problem saying “Merry Christmas” don’t have any problem with religion when they use “Jesus Christ” as an expletive.

    1. Sounds a bit hypocritical. I don’t have any problems with any phrases or words from any religion. Even I say “Jesus!” as a mild expletive, yet I’m not religious. It’s just a part of the language I was raised to speak.

  2. I’ll offer you a counter-narrative. 🙂 Here in Seattle, one of the biggest hippie enclaves in the US, I haven’t really met anyone that objects to Merry Christmas. What makes me and a lot of other people uncomfortable is that saying “Merry Christmas” anymore is almost like making an aggressive, “look at me I’m Christian bite me if you don’t like it” statement. The way the right wing is beating the War on Christmas drum makes it very hard for people like me to use those particular words, unless we somehow strip away the political context that sticks to them like used Bubblicious.

    I say Happy Holidays a lot because I don’t want people to think i watch Fox News.

    1. I can understand that side of the argument, too. I personally don’t care what people think I watch or don’t watch. I’d just say to them, “Yes, I’m an atheist liberal that says Merry Christmas. So what? Get over yourself.” Some people take things too seriously.

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