December 13, 2005
So if you watch Fox news than you already know this, but if you don't then there's a chance you haven't heard it. Apparantly, there's some kind of controversy running amuck about people saying "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas", but i think the people making a big deal out of this miss the bigger picture. Who's business is it which phrase people use to greet one another? It's the business of whoever's doing the talking. If I want to greet people with the phrase "Melancholy Christmas", then I'm going to and it's my choice to make. For private organizations and corporations, whatever greeting they want to use is up to them. And despite what you may hear, it has nothing to do with freedom of (and from) religion. It's freedom of speech, plain and simple. Why don't we just extend this to other greetings? Should I be offended by and correct someone that tells me "hola" instead of "hello", because after all, the official language is English? I find myself wondering if these people actually correct others that say "happy holidays" and tell them to say "Merry Christmas". You know what? I think that many of them do. I say this because I believe the people making a fuss over this are the same self-appreciating, arrogant asses that think their way of life is best and do their damnedest to change everyone else's. Now don't get me wrong, Christmas is probably my favorite time of the year, and though I think it's been commercialized beyond it, the crux of the holiday is the religious aspect that I celebrate with my family every year. But seriously, What happened to "live and let live"? What right does anyone have to dictate to other people what words they use to describe a particular time of the year? The beauty of a free country is that we can make that choice. That is, of course, assuming we live in one.