Sunday, December 20, 2009

Why There is a "War on Christmas"

As I have grown older, I have seen a greater departure from the word "Christmas" around the very season that was named for it. Instead, the ubiquitous word "holiday" has taken its place, or the more egregious "Season's Greeting." Of course, by using the word "holiday," people refer to Christmas without actually saying the word.

Now, without a doubt this is going on. But the question at hand is why. Many people will say that the loss of the word "Christmas" is the left trying to take religion and Jesus Christ out of the holiday. Others will say that it is American culture as a whole that is moving away from religion. And more, others will say that it is the repression of Christian culture.

While these may very well be true, I postulate a different reason for why there is a War on Christmas. The reason is as simple and complex as this: fear.

How many times have you had this happen to you? Someone will say "Happy Holidays" to you, and you respond "Merry Christmas;" the person, in response, will normally smile and say "Merry Christmas" back. This has happened to me a good dozen times over the last couple of years. But it begs the question, why exactly don't they say "Merry Christmas" in the first place.

This is a perfect example of fear. People have grown overly-acute to offending others. People will say "Happy Holidays" because they fear the unknown, such as "what will happen if I say Merry Christmas to someone who doesn't celebrate?" People are scared of being identified as a person who isn't sensitive to other religions. People are scared of having pride in the very culture they live in. Instead of realizing that it is not offensive to say "Merry Christmas," many have become sheep and simply say "Happy Holidays" instead.

But in this is another problem with over-sensitivity. If you wish a Merry Christmas to a Jewish person, it takes no effort at all to say, "Oh, excuse me, Happy Hanukkah." Is that so hard?

The truth of the matter is, this fear is wide-spread. People correct themselves and stop themselves from saying Merry Christmas in favor of Happy Holidays. How many times have you heard someone say, "Well have a," then pause, and finally say, "Happy Holiday?" I've seen it too many times, for my taste.

Cross-linked at Wizbang

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Harrison said...

Fear maybe... laziness the rest. Happy Holidays has become the blanket greeting of our time.

Surfers paradise said...

Holiday tree, Christmas tree, seasons greetings tree, its the same tree for crying out loud with the same ornaments , same lights, same garland and same whatever decorations. People need to give up complaining and enjoy the holidays for once.

varsity lakes said...

It doesn't matter to me when Christians celebrate Christmas. December 25th is as good a time as any, and there's plenty of history behind that date, so, if they want to keep it where it is, I'm fine with that.