One of my favorite things to do between Thanksgiving and Christmas is to listen to Christmas music on the radio. One of my favorite tunes is from the 1942 film Holiday Inn; it’s titled “Happy Holidays” and this song is credited with the popularity of the phrase “Happy Holidays.”
This song is from 1942.
Of course, it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, and the PC combatants are lighting up my Facebook feed with their broadcasts about how they hate political correctness and that they will say “Merry Christmas and if you don’t like it then…”well, you can guess the rest.
Why does everything have to be a controversy?
The current usage of “political correctness” or PC didn’t start until the 1990s, but really took off in the 2000s. That’s 50 – 60 years after the term Happy Holidays was first coined, which just shows that saying Happy Holidays isn’t an anti-Christian meant solely to promote political correctness.
Maybe, however, PC stands for more than political correctness. Maybe it stands for Politely Caring, or Positively Compassionate. What is wrong with those ideas?
When I first moved to Florida, I met my first Jewish friend. I had never thought about saying Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, or whatever before meeting her. I have to say, that I was raised Christian and consider myself a Christian, but my Jewish friend is one of the best people I know. Her character is exemplary. If more people had her morals, the world would be a better place. With that said, since meeting her and countless other wonderful people of different faiths, I have proudly said Happy Holidays, especially to people that I don’t know. I want to be polite. I want to wish people happiness. I don’t want to assume that anyone’s faith is the same as mine, and I know that saying a generic holiday phrase hurts my faith in any way.
I am, quite frankly, offended by Christians who are offended by people who wish them a happy holiday. If you are offended, ask yourself what is wrong with you? These folks are trying to be polite, compassionate, positive, and caring. How do they know that you are a Christian? Happy holidays fits everyone.
I saw this picture on my Facebook feed today, and it perfectly sums up this situation. It’s originally from this site: http://www.joeydevilla.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/holiday-greeting-flowchart.jpg
I love the line on this flow chart that says that “if you can’t see past the words of the wish to its good intent, then it’s not the holiday well-wisher that is broken, it’s you.”
…just something to think about!