Happy (almost) Christmas!! I’ve never had a blog/tumblr/website before, so i dont know what people usually write about, but this has been on my mind for a while now, so it’s as good a blog post as any other I could come up with, and its not like I expect anyone to read this, so here goes!
I go to university with quite a few of religious people, so this particular season brings up some interesting questions. A couple days ago, before finals stole all of our time, my friends and I were discussing the issue of holiday greetings. It’s always been a bit of a pet peeve of mine how very politically correct americans can get, so as usual, I chimed in with my usual politically incorrect, possibly offensive opinions. I’ve always seen holiday greetings like “happy christmas” as a completely innocuous saying of good will, but some people dont seem to agree with my sentiments.
The whole idea of “happy Christmas” or “happy Hanukkah” or “happy whatever other religion I celebrate” could possibly insult people- in my opinion- completely underminds the whole point of the greeting in the first place. I don’t think I know anyone who says “happy christmas” and secretly means “join my religion and if you dont want to go to hell” but then again, I suppose I don’t live in the south or Iran. My family is Christian, but I was not brought up in a particularly religious household, so seasons greetings have always been meant as a general well wishing and hope for a good year, regardless of the holiday they wish you happy with. If someone is particularly outraged by the concept of being wished a happy holiday with someone else’s religion, its perfect easy to simply state “im Jewish/Christian/Muslim/Atheist.”
In light of the recent shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary, and all the other sad things that happen every day, I think its fair to say that regardless of the means through which it is wished, the well wishing still has an inherent goodness to it, and when has the world ever not needed a bit more of that?