Is it "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays"?
The answer is, I don't give a shit.
Forgive me if I'm wrong, but December is a month where all people want to wish others well in departure from an entire year of everyone doing things for themselves, and their own cause. This is the reason why we say things like, "Goodwill towards men". Not, "Goodwill towards those who believe what I believe"
I have some shocking news for you. You probably haven't even researched why it is what you believe! You probably just grew up believing what you were taught, and took it for granted anyway. If you have looked into every religion, and studied them to see which one fitted your own neutral belief system of how you would LIKE to be, rather than force-feeding others some bullshit about why everyone else should believe what you think they should, then you can say this.
Otherwise, stop excluding everyone else's belief system. -It's simply arrogant.
If you believe in Christ, then show it on everyday, month in and month out, and not just when December comes around and you see Jews celebrating Hanukkah, Blacks celebrating Kwanzaa, or others who threaten your belief system at this time of year. I don't see Christians taking this stand at any other time of the year, and it just looks petty. REAL examples of people worshipping their God comes from within. NOT going out there and telling them who, or what to believe. They live their life by example, and not behind a book written 2000 years ago.
If I have to hear the saying that "This country was founded on Christian Values" one more time, I'm gonna puke. Big Fucking Deal. That was over 300 years ago. Things change. I promise you that it won't change the fact in our history books that this country was STILL founded on good Christian values. You seem to be missing the point that you STILL get to celebrate your good Christian values. -Isn't that the most important thing? And the reason WHY we were founded by Christians, was because OTHER Christians were not allowing the these Christians to worship their same God in a different manner. So they founded a country where religious freedom would be a right and not a priviledge. -And it's been kept that way ever since.
Isn't this what you should be happy for?
The thing that most people who cry out for Merry Christmas are missing is that Jews have every right to yell out "Happy Hanukkah" to those who celebrate Christmas too. Have you ever met a Jew who tries to convert a Christian to celebrate Hanukkah? No! They simply celebrate what they believe is their belief, and don't push it on Christians. Christians on the other hand, can't stop trying to bully the entire world into believing which Christian religion is right. Catholics or Protestants, Baptist vs. Presbyterian, and the list goes on and on and on. Then the Christians look at the Muslim world and say that all Muslims are terrorists simply because of part of Islam is hell bent on being heard. That would be like the smallest arm of a Christian cult wing lead by some wackjob in Texas attacking Muslims, and then the Muslims broadcasting that ALL Christians are terrorists.
But we don't want to look at that...
No, all we want to do is exclude others who have a right to believe and practice what they please, in "our" free country, rather than respecting others to say and do what they want, while continue to say Merry Christmas to anyone we like.
Well, I'm including happiness in every one's month of December. December is a month of Holidays, Plural. New Year's Day officially starts in January, but we all celebrate it on New Year's Eve which is in December. I want to include everyone to have a Safe and Happy Holiday season. I want to tell everyone that has lost someone dear to them that I want them to feel included, and not alone during this special time. It's supposed to be the happiest time of the year, but as many know, it's also the saddest and loneliest time of the year.
How about we all just stop worrying about what we call it, and worry about how we CONVEY it? Happy Holidays includes everyone. Merry Christmas just includes the people whom you probably wouldn't really like if you dropped the topic of religion for 5 minutes.
So, Happy Holidays to you and your loved ones, from me a sinner. I will continue to be flawed, and continue to be a hypocrite, and do things I'm not proud of. I say this because I'm human, and it's automatic for us as humans. But at least I won't hide behind a religious belief title to do it.
I have a relationship to God which keeps me accountable for how I treat my fellow man. I believe in contribution, and support to all people, and all ways of life. I may not agree with them, yet I will include them all as creations of the God I will one day have to face and answer some really serious questions about how I conducted my life on this earth.
What will you say to your God about this?