Merry Holidays and Happy Christmas
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You’re standing in line at the supermarket, picking up miscellaneous groceries. You place your items on the conveyor belt and exchange mindless greetings with the cashier as you fuss over the pad trying to figure out whether you’re supposed to slide your card or use the chip reader. You finish paying, grab your bags, mumble a quick thank you before going off on your way, when, out of the corner of your eye, you see the cashier open his mouth and respond with the most offensive thing you’ve ever heard.
“Happy Holidays!” the cashier says, with a somewhat fake cheerful look before helping their next customer.
You whirl around in a complete rage, horrified that someone could be so utterly generic in their holiday greetings. You request to see the manager, call the company headquarters demanding to shut the company down, and you protest in front of stores – you even start a hashtag, but what for? And why?
Some people become too sensitive about holiday greetings. Let’s take a trip down memory lane. Let me remind you of the terribly offensive holiday cups Starbucks released in 2015; they were simply red. People were offended that they deviated from the company’s normal holiday cups that referred to more traditional “Christmas-y” items, such as poinsettias and ornaments and opted for a plain red cup. Protesters claimed the cup represented Starbucks’ hatred to Christians and the Christmas season.
According to a 2015 poll from the Pew Research Center, 71% of Americans are practicing Christians although an unverified ABC poll reported 83%. If someone says “Merry Christmas,” the odds are that they celebrate the holiday themselves and meant no harm but simply wanted to spread some cheer. If you do celebrate Christmas and hear someone say “Happy Holidays,” just say, “You, too,” because regardless of how small that 5.95% of non-Christians is, the percentage still exists, so just accept it and move on. And if you aren’t a Christian and someone says “Merry Christmas,” smile and say, “Thanks!”
I could argue and say that “for the sake of a festive season, we should all just be nice.” Just like the snowflakes that fall during the holiday season, none of us is exactly alike, and we should cherish and respect our differences with others … not get butt-hurt over them.