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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Why It's Okay To Say "Happy Whatever."

10:25 AM Posted by Allie Wood , , , No comments
I've seen a lot of people complaining about people saying "Happy Holidays," instead of "Merry Christmas. I really just don't understand why this is a problem. AT ALL. Are you people serious?

This is not to rag on Christians. My family is Christian. It's a great thing. I also know that most Christians aren't offended by this. If you're one of the ones who isn't taking offense about the "Happy Holiday" thing, this is not about you. I promise. This is just the predominant group causing this issue.

Okay, you people who are probably the ones who were offended by the Starbucks cup even though you denied it:

  • There's more than one holiday in December:
    • Ashura
      • Dec. 5th. 
      • Islamic
    • Bodhi Day
      • Dec. 6th.
      • Buddhist
    • The Feast Of Our Lady Guadalupe:
      • Dec. 12th.
      • Catholic.
    • Hanukkah
      • Dec. 20th. (Beginning.)
      • Judaism
    • Christmas:
      • Dec. 25th.
      • Christian.
    • Kwanzaa:
      • Dec. 26th. (Beginning.)
      • African-American culture celebration.

  • Your "Christmas" was originally a Pagan holiday.
    • *gasp* OH MY GOSH WHAT? No, but really. Christian were basically just like, "Oh, there's already a holiday being celebrated right now? Well, this is mine now. Away with your Pagan ways. This is so totally our holiday now." Also, I'm sure you know, but Jesus was not born on Christmas Day. If you want to know more about this, because I really, really just don't feel like explaining the whole thing right now because it's complicated, go here:

  • Let's talk about Freedom of Speech for a quick second.
    • Someone saying "Happy Holidays" is NOT infringing on your freedom of speech. Is it illegal to say "Merry Christmas?" Are you getting a gun pointed at your head and being forced to say "Happy Holidays" against your will? No? Never? Then, there you go. NO FREEDOM OF SPEECH ISSUES HERE.  Also, Freedom of Speech goes both ways. You are still allowed to say "Merry Christmas," if that is what your heart desires. But, that also means people are allowed to say "Happy Holidays." What an insane piece of information, right?

  • This. Country. Is. Not. A. Christian. Based. Country.
    • How long is it going to take you guys to realize that? The founding fathers, (you know, all those people you respect and who wrote that Constitution you love so much) have SO many quotes saying it is not a Christian country. They came over here for religious freedom for all, not to create a country that was one single religion. (That was literally exactly what they were running away from.) So, for those of you saying that people who don't say "Merry Christmas," should leave the country? You are so rude and messed up and not a decent human being. There. I said it. That's also illegal, by the way. Sending someone out of the country due to religion. You're bigoted and biased if you think for a second that that is an okay thing to do, or say, or threaten, no matter what the reason.

    • Okay, okay, okay. If someone says "Happy Holidays," to you, THEY ARE TRYING TO BE NICE. Believe it or not, not everyone is Christian, and not everyone celebrates Christmas. At least someone is taking a couple seconds out of their day to wish you happiness during the holiday season, regardless of what you celebrate and believe. Why would you get mad at that? WHY? Seriously? How immature are you? "Oh, they don't believe what I believe, so they obviously hate my lifestyle and hate Christians." No. That's not how any of this works. GROW UP.

  • Companies say "Happy Holidays" for the same reasons I've stated in the previous bullet.
    • People are trying to be nice to EVERYONE. Christians are not the only people who deserve love and respect during this holiday season. (Crazy idea, right?) Also, I don't see many people protesting stores because they aren't saying "Happy Hanukkah" or anything. Again, Christians are not the only people who shop at any given store.

Also, P.S.
I  love all of you and I support you in whatever holiday you are celebrating this season. All I ask of you is to be kind and respectful towards your fellow human beings. This is supposed to be a season of love and giving. Not hate and intolerance. Please be kind. (Yes, I know, some of the things I said in here are not considered kind, and I know I'm being a hypocrite. I'm sorry. I apologize. But, I needed to get this off my chest because it was really bugging me.)

So, Happy Holidays, everyone. 
You're rad.