Today I went to pick up meat at the local butcher for the annual Christmas breakfast. As I was rung up, I noticed the cashier, a women in probably her 50’s, a women who is always pleasant to talk to, wearing a button that read, “You can say Merry Christmas to me”.
I was immediately turned off.
I generally say Merry Christmas during the holiday season, as a matter of habit. However, whenever I hear Happy Holidays, I often return in kind. Both expressions are innocuous to me. Well, most times.
If you express either in an effort to make a statement, you’re a jerk – it’s really that simple. If you’re a secularist and use Happy Holidays to intentionally exclude using Merry Christmas, you’re a jerk. If you’re the pious type and make a point to ‘keep Christ in Christmas’, you’re also a jerk.
In an effort to enjoy the holidays, if someone offers you either where it’s clear there is no agenda, either return the sentiment in kind, or offer the one that makes you feel best during this season – I assure you, people will appreciate the sentiment. If your first reaction to, “Happy Holidays” is, “It’s Merry Christmas”, I fear to repeat; you’re the jerk.
With that, I wish you a Merry Christmas, with no ulterior motive than to wish you and your family joy and happiness.
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