A Merry Christmas to All...
With all the political correctness in the world we have far too many people using the phrases "Season's Greetings" or "Happy Holidays". Are there people who are actually offended by the traditional Christmas greeting? One has to wonder why someone would be offended by an expression of hope of happiness.
Perhaps a person consumed with their own misery and hopelessness cannot stand being confronted by someone who isn't defeated by life. Maybe the joy in the expression of Merry Christmas, and the message of the Savior it represents, reminds them of the emptiness in their souls.
Let's put this in perspective. If a Jewish person were to offer me a greeting of Happy Hanukkah I would accept that persons wishes in the spirit they were offered. I would not become mortally offended and allow the whole Christmas season to be overshadowed simply because his greeting reflected the holiday of his religious belief and not my own faith.
The proper response should be to thank the person for his good wishes and respond with a cheerful Merry Christmas to him and his family. If he is sincere in his expression to me he will accept my greeting with gracious appreciation.
People are far too sensitive about everything these days and that attitude appears to be exaggerated at Christmas time. Such attitudes have led businesses, in effort not to offend clients and customers, to extend the "happy holidays" greeting. It's a shame that the term Merry Christmas seems to have fallen to the tide of political correctness, multiculturalism, and so-called sensitivity.
Our nation has a Christian heritage whether liberals in big eastern cities and along the left coast want to believe it or not. As such we are entirely within the realm of good taste and etiquette to wish someone a Merry Christmas even if that person is of another faith, or of no faith at all.
With that in mind I will wish each and every person who reads this page a safe and Merry Christmas! This greeting is extended without apology to the Christian, the Jew, the Muslim, the Hindu, the Sikh, the Buddhist, the agnostic, the atheist, and anyone else who happens to be out there. If you are an intelligent and thoughtful person you will accept these good wishes in the spirit they are offered and do so with gratitude.
Should you choose to be offended by a peaceful offer of good cheer and well wishes you may live with the bitterness that lies within your soul. But then, this is a special time of the year and I shouldn't openly offend anyone. If you resent my wishes for a joyous Christmas I do hereby rescind that greeting. Have a Rotten Christmas, if it makes you feel any better about yourself!