I think the world accepts that it’s officially ‘the holiday season’ when Starbucks brings out the red cups. Well as it turns out, those cups dropped last week. This of course means that 2 of 12 months (approximately 1/6 of our lives) is dedicated to Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza/whatever other holidays fall in this time frame.
The commercialism of Christmas is not what I want to talk about today though. Today, I’d like to address a trend: people seem to be way more offended by the holidays these days.
Below is a list of holidays and the reason why we can’t openly celebrate or even mention them due to fear of being called closed-minded and/or discriminatory and/or insensitive to others’ beliefs:
- Christmas – Insensitive because it celebrates the birth of Christ and not everyone believes in Jesus.
- Easter – See above but replace ‘birth’ with ‘resurrection.’
- Independence Day – Insensitive to the hundreds of other cultures within our national landscape.
- Halloween – pagan through and through.
- Thanksgiving – a holiday built around the genocide of Native Americans.
How do I know that people are offended? Are all my friends and loved ones shouting from the rooftops that we’re living in an unequal world? Definitely not.
But every holiday season, news outlets talk about how “such-and-such school bans Christmas trees,” or “X workplace is having ‘picnic and fireworks day’ this 4th of July, as to not offend those cultures that may not celebrate our nation’s independence.”
To these stories, I have one reaction: Can’t we all just grow up?
To the allegedly offended people: if you think saying, “Merry Christmas” or “Trick or Treat,” is out of line, I submit that you are bored and leading a lonely life. Instead of spending energy on hating, I suggest opening up an e-harmony profile or picking up a more productive hobby than complaining about everything.
I also have a theory that these people don’t even truly exist. If I asked 100 people on the street if they are offended by any of the above holidays for any of the above reasons or more, my guess is 100/100 would say, “No. Anyone who is offended is dumb.” At least that’s my hope.
So hey, for 2014 (Christmas gets a pass this year) let’s all just agree to wish happiness upon everyone at every holiday and to say it in whatever way means the most to the person spreading the cheer. As recipients, even if we disagree or don’t celebrate that particular holiday, let’s all just say, “Thank you. You too.”
Cool? Cool. See ya out there.