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Why I Believe In Merry Christmas

Four years ago I wrote a post on one of my other blogs called No More Ho Ho Ho For Santa This Christmas which was all about some recruitment firm who were training their Father Christmas guys to say Ha Ha Ha instead of Ho Ho Ho. Naturally they were created with ridicule by the majority as they should be.

Today I woke up to news that a Sydney Montessori school had replaced Merry Christmas with Happy Holidays! Talk about political correctness gone wrong, especially when it involves kids. I’m amazed that they can’t see they just don’t have the right to ruin Christmas for these kids. It’s almost like your friend telling blurting out to your little ones that Santa doesn’t exist.

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Santa WatchingThe excuse used by the headmaster of the school for removing Christmas referencesfrom the end-of-year songs may have been an “attempt by one teacher to address the fact that she had Hindus and Jewish children in the classroom”. What a lot of crap! Those kids wouldn’t have minded a bit and neither would have their parents. They knew what sort of country they came to when they migrated here and I’m sure they respect our right to our culture just as much as we respect theirs.

The problem all lies with the PC police, The Political Correct morons who make rules up because they’re worried about upsetting those that we have welcomed into our multicultural society. What they fail to see is that by doing that they are upsetting the majority of the population. They have no qualms at all about removing Christ from the equation but I’m sure they would never, ever attempt removing Allah from it because that would upset all the Muslims. But it’s OK to upset the Christians because we are more likely to roll over and accept it?

For the life of me I don’t understand why people have to change things, like using Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. It’s been Merry Christmas for so long and all of a sudden it’s not good enough. If you really want to say Happy Holidays that is fine but everyone knows that it’s the Christmas Holidays we’re talking about so why not just say Merry Christmas and be done with it.

I truly believe that if it wasn’t for those PCM’s (Politically Correct Morons) people would not be trying to replace Merry Christmas with Happy Holidays not to mention all the other PC nonsense that exists.

Happy Holiday Or Merry Christmas

I’m not about to tell anyone which one they should use as I believe its really a matter of personal choice. As far as I’m concerned I’m going to continue to use Merry Christmas and these are the reasons why.

  • Happy Holidays is so generic and as far as I’m concerned it sounds like a half hearted attempt at wishing someone all the best for Christmas, almost like you don’t really mean it.
  • Not everyone has the luxury of having a break over Christmas. I know that for 25 years I was never able to take a break over Christmas so having someone say Happy Holidays to me would have pissed me off no end whereas Merry Christmas would have made much more sense.

I know the Yanks make a big deal over saying Happy Holidays and I for one hope it never comes here. It would pain me no end if our department stores directed employees to say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. I understand in the States they celebrate a lot of holidays in November and December and they’re trying to convince people that Happy Holidays incorporate all the holidays including Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hanukkah. What a lot of BS, I’m sure that most people say Happy Thanksgiving during that time of year and not Happy Holiday.

Anyway, like I said it should be up to the individual to say whatever they want and that’s the way it should be. As for me, I wish all my readers a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

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  1. While I’m more inclined to say Happy Christmas than the old Merry Christmas, it has nothing to do with PC. Actually the PC appears to have slowed down since the Labour Government was replaced with the right wing National government, just re-elected a couple of weeks ago.I dont like PC and am pleased it has eased up in society. I called a male in charge of a committe a “Chairman” and a woman a “Chairwoman”. Ok a position can be advertised for a chairperson, but once the position is filled its whatever it is,

    So Merry Christmas, or my Happy Christmas is what it is – not Happy Holidays. Australia and New Zealand are still basically Christian societies and new immigrants should respect this.

    1. I could live with Happy Christmas Peter, although it doesn’t slip off the tongue as easily as Merry Christmas does.

      I reckon most immigrants do respect that they have moved to a land that is predominately a Christian society and are fine with it. It’s the PC morons that make up these rules so as to not offend when in reality it was never necessary.

  2. I prefer Happy holiday! the only reason being, we all work so hard year long (especially in these hard time) and seriously look forward to the holidays.

    For me and my kids Christmas is just one day where as the other days are pure fun and excitement… :)
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    1. You would still get the holidays even if you said Merry Christmas John. At least you would know what the you were getting the holidays for.

  3. I was just LMAO at a thread on Facebook where a news stations said some families are waiting until after Christmas (Dec. 25) to celebrate because they could not afford gifts just now. The Christians came in using all caps and basically having shit fits about people wanting their kids to have gifts. Of course they used a really nasty tone to tell about Gods son being the ultimate gift and people who couldn’t afford gifts should just tell their kids to get over being greedy lil snots.

    Now that to me was the perfect way for spreading the message of “God”. True Christmas spirit!<-Sarcasm I put God in quotes because I don't think she would ever approve of the nastiness these "Reason for the season" people used. So, I am not sure who's message they were trying to share other than their own self righteousness.

    I say Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, (or Happy Kwanzaa if I just want to baffle people). If I know you celebrate a certain believe then I try to use that term. I have friends who I know do not celebrate Christmas and celebrate Hanukkah (these are the same people who tell their Christan friends Merry Christmas out of respect and recognition of their family and believes). Everyone else just gets what ever I feel like saying that day. If it offends you that a stranger did not address the "season" the way you see fit…then you may just be looking for an excuse to be bitchy.

    Now when people want to take Santa Claus out of the season…they should be hung from a tall tree by their toes and whipped!

    1. Cheryl, just so you know God is a male :tongue_wink_ee:

      As for those Christians, they appear to be a poor excuse for what Christians are supposed to be like.

  4. I think this is one of those areas where a sensible middle ground is needed. As with most things, extremists take things too far. Political correctness is fine when it is a matter of teaching good manners and respect for different cultures, but taken to an extreme, it can be ridiculous (and also quite patronising to the people who they are trying to ‘protect’).

    However, many of the stories we read about (such as “winterval”) – are made up by the newspapers to ridicule the concept, and I’ve heard people ‘excuse’ racism as it being “anti-pc” – so I’d say an excessive anti-PC approach can be just as daft. Moderate political correctness is fine by me!
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    1. Hey Richard, I had to look up Winterval as I had never heard of it before. I’m not at all surprised that newspapers took it out of context or sensationalised it. That being the case it’s not at all surprising that certain misinformed religious entities got upset about it.

      As to anti PC, I have to admit that there are many things these people come up with that border on idiocy. Like calling a manhole a person hole because it may offend some women. Or when they want certain fairy tales or children books banned because they believe them to contain racist stories. Or as in that particular school in my post who removed any hint of Christmas from songs etc so as not to offend. It’s these very people who impregnate our kids with ideas about racism etc that would otherwise have never existed.

  5. Twitter:
    its merry christmas always has been and always will be, are they going to change all the song lyrics with merry christmas in them, christmas is to celebrate the birth of christ i.e. christ)-mas not the birth of a holiday what will we have to change next so we wont upset people taking residense here with different cultures to ours,

    “A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to You” was the verse that was shown on the first commercially available Christmas card in 1843. Christmases has been merry long before that though. The use of ‘Merry Christmas’ as a seasonal salutation dates back to at least 1565, when it appeared in The Hereford Municipal Manuscript:

    “And thus I comytt you to god, who send you a mery Christmas & many.”

    Lets stick with this Its British

    Merry Christmas to one and all from Antjon

    1. I agree and I’m sure most people don’t have a problem with it and so once again the PC group is doing it’s best to please those who are quite fine and accept that we have our own traditions that we adhere to.

  6. Hey Peter,

    For us here in Mexico Happy Holidays would be “Felices Fiestas” which means something like “Happy gatherings” and nobody uses it unless you are a company and are sending a generalized letter to your employees.

    For us mere mortals, we use exactly what you said on your article:

    Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year, which is “Feliz Navidad y Próspero Año Nuevo”.

    This of course, changes with each religion but Mexico has Catholicism as its biggest religion and that’s how it is for them.

    We don’t have any of the Thanksgiving or any other holidays apart from the Virgin of Guadalupe day (Dec 12) and Christmas on the 25 (for December)


    1. Being of Italian decent we say Buon Natale which also means Merry Christmas so it seems that this oddity stems around the English speaking part of the globe.

  7. Hi Sire,

    I say Merry Christmas.

    Here in the USA you can see the PC police a lot — depending on where you live. I find it quite annoying to be honest.

    In certain instances, books have been removed from some schools curriculum because of the perceived racist content they contain. In some cases, they wanted words omitted from books. I don’t agree with that either.

    Oh by the way, I love that nativity scene.
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    1. PC Police, yeah, that’s a good name for them. Regarding books I have a collection of Biggles books which apparently was removed for racist content as it referred to Nazis a lot. Makes no sense as they were about World War one and two and in those days they were referred to as Nazis.

  8. Twitter:
    I’m a “happy holidays” guy Sire, if I say it at all. Then again, I’m a non-believer if you will, and I honor everyone because not only Christians have a holiday at this time of the year.

    I will go further to state this though. Here in the U.S. there are constant battles about Nativity scenes and the like in places that are public and thus controlled by governmental rules. I don’t care whether someone decorates things or not as long as they take into consideration everyone’s religion. This isn’t supposed to be a Christian country after all.

    By the way, you DO know that Jesus was supposedly born in September, right? :-)
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    1. We went shopping on the weekend to buy some decorations for the Christmas tree and I noticed the lack of nativity scenes which I feel is a shame and cost the store money because I left without buying one.

      As for public places not being allowed nativity scenes because of government rules I think that sucks and infringes on your free speech.

      I remember when visiting Hawaii how the tour guide said that all the crosses in the graveyard were removed because certain people were upset about it. Seems unfair that those Christian soldiers had to suffer just so someones sensibilities weren’t infringed upon.

      And yes I know Jesus wasn’t born on that day. Did you know we have a public holiday on the Queens birthday when it really isn’t her birthday :wink_ee:

      1. Twitter:
        We don’t! lol

        And are you saying that only Christians were soldiers that got killed in war? I doubt it since only 64% of Australia is Christian.

        See, that’s the short sighted part of people that believe in a religion; they almost always see themselves as the ones being tread upon and don’t consider anyone else. Sorry to say that but Christians don’t rule the world; it’s not even the most popular religion in the world, and the folks that are number one don’t get to have it their way everywhere either. At least in America, that’s why our Constitution states that there will be no national religion, since the reason it was created to begin with was to protect religious freedom for all. By the way, it’s in your Constitution as well. Are you really saying you favor taking away the constitutional rights of others to protect yours?

        By the way, I have a counterpoint article coming on my business blog to this post tomorrow, just so you know. I couldn’t let it go now could I? 8-)
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        1. That’s not what I meant at all. What I meant was that some of those soldiers would have been Christian and as such would probably have preferred a cross marking their grave-site as would their relatives. I know I would have been upset if that was done to one of my family members. So in actual fact it was those who removed the crosses who did not consider the feelings of the Christian soldiers or their families.

          Also I would like to point out that not all Christians are asses just as not all Muslims are heretics. Taring everyone with the same brush because of the actions of a few seems pretty unfair.

            1. Your very first sentence and then the first sentence in your second paragraph.

  9. Different situations call for different ways to handle them. But when you are trying to make a blanket expression to cover all your bases, you might as well be true to your heart. Nice article.

    1. Which is why I continue to say Merry Christmas.

  10. Twitter:
    Heck, have to start another thread.

    My first sentence, “We Don’t”, was in reference to our not having a tribute to the Queen.

    My second sentence, “And are you saying that only Christians were soldiers that got killed in war,” is a question I’m asking you since you talked only about Christian soldiers being killed in the war and no other soldiers being killed.

    Now, if you actually meant the second sentence as the first one, then you don’t like this sentence: “See, that’s the short sighted part of people that believe in a religion; they almost always see themselves as the ones being tread upon and don’t consider anyone else.” Since I used the phrase “almost always” I think I left a nice space for those that don’t do it; no absolutes in my words there. And I never mentioned Muslims by name; I only mentioned Christians because you did.

    However, these are red herrings to my original point, that being that your being able to say Merry Christmas isn’t infringed upon, but the reason you wrote for it, at least part of the reason, might be insensitive, where you said this, “Those kids wouldn’t have minded a bit and neither would have their parents. They knew what sort of country they came to when they migrated here and I’m sure they respect our right to our culture just as much as we respect theirs,” and then this, “…The Political Correct morons who make rules up because they’re worried about upsetting those that we have welcomed into our multicultural society. What they fail to see is that by doing that they are upsetting the majority of the population.”

    Being minority myself, can you imagine how phrases like that makes me feel like I don’t count?
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    1. Yeah, the bits you highlighted :wink_ee:

      Also I like to point out that it was you who inferred that I meant all those soldiers buried there were Christians when I didn’t. I still think it unfair that every single cross was removed regardless of how it affected those that had loved ones buried there.

      As to what I said about those kids not minding it was because of all the emails that news station was getting from Australians from different ethnic backgrounds, muslims, jews or whatever who said the way we celebrated Christmas didn’t bother them at all. That being the case it all pointed to another one of those cases where the PC Police got it wrong. I mean if they’re not offended by it then why change the way we do things in Australia.

      1. And the part about how someone like me might feel based on what you said? Do I get discounted because I’m not Australian?

        By the way, I’ll agree with you on the crosses. We have Arlington National Cemetery and everyone buried there has a cross, and no one has a problem with it… well, some people do, but they’re staying anyway.
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        1. Actually Mitch I didn’t for a moment think that anything I said would bother you and if it did I must apologise.

          1. As always Sire, we’re good. This is one of those examples I talk about all the time when I’m mentioning controversial posts. You knew, based on my history, how I would react to it; it’s been 4 years after all. :-)
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            1. Yeah, one of my many failings is forgetting that everyone is not as thick skinned as I am.

  11. Just wait a moment – the teacher didn’t take this decision by herself. The council discussed and the majority decided. Back home, kids can say Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa or whatever parents want. Education is taught both at school and at home.

    1. According to the school head master the teacher acted all on her own.

      1. Auch! I missed this little detail. In this case, I don’t understand: what kind of politics do they have on Sydney Montessori? If a teacher tells his class to dress like clowns the director board has nothing to object?!

        1. What I would like to know is whether or not anything was said to the teacher in question because if not then the headmaster must have approved of her action.

  12. I’m with you all the way on this. I’m so glad that ‘Happy holidays’ isn’t an expression we use in the UK!

    1. Good to know Jan.

  13. Twitter:
    We’re all so afraid of offending someone. People are going to be offended, it just can’t be helped. With that said, I’m with Mitch, Happy Holidays seems like a nice compromise. For business, I like Happy New Year! Everyone can relate to that unless they’re from another planet and those people probably won’t buy from us anyway. You know, the impossible currency conversion issues and everything.

    1. When it comes to PC I’m not afraid of offending anyone Brian. If I’ve been saying Merry Christmas all these years and it’s a part of our society then any newcomers to this country should be able to deal with it.

  14. i didnt realises i was not being PC when wishing everyone Happy Christmas instead of merry christmas, gret post, interesting read and i loved the pics
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    1. Actually It’s Happy Holidays that’s a problem Julie not Happy Christmas.

  15. Twitter:
    Hey Peter,

    I really think people are making a big deal out of this whole Happy Holiday Or Merry Christmas thing. I mean, its the spirit that matter, not what you call it.

    Unfortunately though, Christmas (along with so many other holidays)has been so commercialized that most people forget what it truly is about. It certainly is not about who can out perform others in buying expensive gifts.
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    1. That’s true Satrap but I bet you that those people who say Happy Holidays have no idea of the true spirit of Christmas.

  16. Christmas is a time to reflect on the holidays of long ago. It is a time to be kinder to everyone we meet. It is a time to help others in need with money or food. In other words, it is a time to do as Jesus would do. Be a good person. Too bad it does not last the whole year through!

    1. It’s true people would be a lot better off if people remembered the religious meaning rather than trying to outdo everyone in the gift giving part of it.

  17. PCM’s, very nice acronym, did you come up with that yourself? If so I think you deserve a Nobel prize of some sort, as it is a very fitting term. They all focus on the groups coming into the United States because they do seem to have more fire concerning their own religions and traditions than the everyday American does, but that doesn’t make it right to strip away our own.
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    1. I did actually Daniel :lol_ee:

      What gets me is that most of the time these stupid ideas come from people who believe something may offend others and not from those actually concerned who more often than not are not offended at all.

  18. As one of the people who won’t get a nice break over the holidays, I’m not much for the happy holidays phrase, just wish me merry christmas lol.

    I’m not that religious, but all that “it’s the time of year for good will to all men” is pretty annoying, how about some good will all year? lol

    1. Hey, I know all about working through holidays Adam so I wish you a Merry Christmas.

      As for “it’s the time of year for good will to all men”, perhaps its a start and some people will manage to carry it throughout the year. We all have to start somewhere you know?

  19. Hi Sire Merry Christmas
    I have to agree with you it’s Merry Christmas and no one should have a right to change it. I lived in the Middle East where their big holiday is Ramadan, which you respect along with the fasting and celebration of Ede that goes along with it. I never once heard anyone suggesting to adapt their Religious holiday when I lived there to suite other beliefs. So I cant see why Christmas should be changed to accommodate other religions, it’s part of our culture and as such should be respected and not changed.
    It’s also crazy that Schools in the UK no longer have a Nativity play but a sharing, which kind of takes away the point of the whole thing as it’s not about Christmas.
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    1. Exactly right khaled, everyone should respect another persons culture and if you do respect it you just don’t ask people to change it.

      God to see you back and a Merry Christmas to you. :thumbup_tb:

  20. It’s hard to know when to use Merry Christmas of Happy Holidays. I appreciate others thoughts on this matter.

  21. I’m going to give you a little hypothetical. I’m walking down the street coming toward you, and as we pass, I wish you a Happy Hanukkah. I do this because that is the holiday that I celebrate. What are your feelings about this?

  22. Living in the states PC makes me extremely mad. I go out of my way to be as politically uncorrect as I can be. If you dont like it, guess what, I dont care.

    1. I don’t think it necessary to quite go that far John, but each to his own :wink_ee:

  23. Merry Christmas Peter!!!!
    Even if the globalization and interstate immigration have created a global multi-ethnic society,I believe that We should respect the religion and habits of the major populations of that country.

    1. Sounds like a good idea to me Albert. Merry Christmas to you as well.

    1. And a Merry Christmas to you too.

  24. It crazy. We talk about how we want children to be better than we were. Yes, I am speaking as a parent. That we believe that they should move beyond racism and treat everyone equally. Here is my question.

    Why do we do everything we can to sabotage their efforts. When I was in school, we learn about other cultures. I was brought up believing in Christmas. We played draddle(sp?) games during the Jewish holidays. No one thought anything about it.

    As we keep trying to PC everything, we devalue other people’s heritage. We are removing the chance to expose someone different. Why?

    1. Exactly right Matt. Children should be exposed to different cultures while growing up so they know how other people live. This will leave to them better understanding their neighbours.

  25. I totally agree with you. Here in Texas, of all places, the Ft. Worth School district outlawed even saying Merry Christmas or children giving Christmas gifts to the students. Just crazy.

    By the way, Hope you had a Merry Christmas!
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    1. I sure did Brian and I agree it’s totally crazy to deny kids the Christmas spirit.

  26. You should be able to say what you want. Everyone wants to jump on each other about every little comment. Just be yourself and use the phrase of your choice.

    1. Sounds like a sound plan to me Mike.

  27. All this political correctness seem to remove all the nuances in out lives and in our ability to communicate freely. I totally agree with you on this one.

    1. When you look at it that way it does inhibit our ability to communicate freely. Thanks Thomas for that viewpoint.

  28. The fact is that the “war on christmas” is completely manufactured by conservatives in the U.S. 90% of U.S. citizens celebrate christmas, you can’t be president without pledging allegiance to Jesus, and yet this powerful majority (that I’m a part of, mind you) has created a persecution complex that they drum up every year so they can feel outraged.

    You may find a few scattered examples here and there of some teacher or council member making a stupid decision, but that’s literally as far as this “war on christmas” goes: it’s almost non-existant. For a great audio podcast with detailed facts (and some funny opinion pieces as well), check out “Our Annual Waste of Time” from Best of the Left. :-)

    1. Hey Gregory, I didn’t know you couldn’t be President unless you pledged allegiance to Jesus? I reckon back in the day when the first president was sworn in most of the population were christians? Sorry, don’t know much of American history.

      Seems a wast of time to drum situations up at anytime of the year just so you can be outraged.

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