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This Holiday Crap — Feeling Snarky!

Why the heck are we arguing over what to say this holiday season?????

If you want to say Merry Christmas, go ahead. I love Christmas. I have a Christmas tree in my home. But also, don’t pick on people who prefer Happy Holidays. Truthfully, I prefer that one because for me, this season is about everyone coming together in peace.

Happy Holidays doesn’t leave anyone out. It’s meant for everyone!

It pissed me off that groups picked on companies for wanting to use Happy Holidays in their commercials. Leave them alone! That wish has been around a long, long time and no one is trying to push out Christmas, they’re just trying to include everyone.

This is a freaking holiday season… not only Christmas, but Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice and oh yeah, NEW YEARS.

Say Merry Christmas if you want.
Say Happy Holidays if you want.
Say Poo.

I don’t care! Just stop picking on each other and stop telling people how to word their good wishes. Your idea of what’s right is just that. Yours. It might not be someone else’s.

This world is a diverse place full of different people, different religions, different walks of life. Man, can you just imagine what it would be like if everyone just accepted that? Not tolerated it, but accepted?

Think about it. I do. All the time.

To show I’m not a complete humbug here, I’m going to share two lovely bands for you today.

The Autumns. theAutumns.com Click on the music tab and the self titled album for 30 second tracks. Wonderful!

The Decemberists The Decemberists :: Discography I personally love their debut LP, Castoways and Cutouts. Click on the cover to hear clips. Picaresque is good, too. In fact, song 2, We Both Go Down Together, reminds me of early REM.



  1. Betty S Betty S
    December 27, 2005    

    Thank you, Rinda.
    I was beginning to think Iwas the only person getting irritated “tantrum” certain groups are pitching. It reminds me of little kids shouting at each other, “It’s mine! NO! It’s mine” and refusing to share.

    Just about every major religion in the world has some type of celebration in or around December, presumably because of Winter Solstice. Even the Christians stole it from the pagans.

    I was driving past a church the other day and their marquee had a message that read. “Merry CHRISTMAS! The reason for the season.” I felt like they had hit me into submission with a club instead of really wanting to “wish” me anything. I came within a well-timed stop light from turning around, going into the pastors office and telling him I thought they were all rude pigs. (I was already having a bad day. That probably wouldn’t have been my normal reaction) Fortunately the light turned green and kept me from entering into the battle of Good Wishes.

    Okay. After being patient enough to let me let of steam, I hope you had a Merry Christmas

    Betty S

  2. December 27, 2005    

    I did have a Merry Christmas. I also am having a Happy Holiday season. (grin)

    It just bothers me that “Happy Holidays” has been around a long time and now people are getting mad if someone uses it.

    People shouldn’t get mad over Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah, either.

    Saying one is right over another smacks of arrogance. That may be how you like to celebrate, but telling someone else they’re wrong for celebrating their way?

    That’s what is wrong.

  3. Betty S Betty S
    December 27, 2005    

    Arrogance is putting it mildly.
    “Do unto others and you would have them do unto you.”
    I’m presuming this means that next year they want the stores to only say, Happy Hanukkah, or Happy Solstice.

    I was flipping chanels the other day and heard the head of that Christian Family organization and one of the evangelists (Fallwell or Robertson) Talking about how they had defeated the enemies of who were trying to assault and do away with Christmas, or some such bull. I just about puke. No one’s trying to eliminated Christmas. They are just trying to be inclusive.

    These guy’s manner was so arrogant that it was offensive.

  4. December 27, 2005    

    I love saying either one because no matter how you try you can’t get away from the saying being religious related… CHRISTmas and HOLIday.

    You hit the nail on the head with this post! I love it!

  5. Betty S Betty S
    December 28, 2005    

    Even though I’m not Christian, I love some things about this time of year. Especially the colored lights and Christmas music. Because it is a month when so many religions come together to celebrate their holy days, there is so much potential for love and goodness. All religions wishing “Happy whatever” to friends and neighbors of other religions. I’m constantly saying “Merry Christmas” to people, and meaning it. And “Happy Hanukkah, and Happy Solstice, Merry Yule, Happy Holidays, and greetings of all kinds.
    There is so much we all share in common, it would appear to me a perfect time to celebrate those beliefs and values we all hold dear.

    Look at this list.
    Religious folk worldwide observe many seasonal days of celebration during the month of December. Most are religious holy days, and are linked in some way on or around the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. So what is the wisdom and underlying core belief we glean from some of these varied religions that commingle their celebrations at such a significant time of year.

    Brahmanism: This is the sum of duty: Do naught unto others which would cause you pain if done to you.: Mahabharata 5:1517

    Christianity: All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them.: Matthew 7:12

    Islam: No one of you is a believer until he desires for his brother that which he desires for himself. Sunnah

    Buddhism: Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.: Udana Varga 5:18

    Judaism: What is hateful to you, do not to your fellowmen. That is the entire Law; all the rest is commentary.: Talmud, Shabbat 31:a

    Confucianism: Surely it is the maxim of loving-kindness: Do not unto others that you would not have them do unto you.: Analects 15:23

    Taoism: Regard your neighbor’s gain as your own gain, and your neighbor’s loss as your own loss.: T’ai Shag Kan Ying P’ien

    Zoroastrianism: That nature alone is good which refrains from doing unto another whatsoever is not good: for itself. : Dadistan-i-dinik 94:5

    Wicca: Do as you will, but harm none.

    The core of what we all believe is the same. It is pure religion and undefiled. How much better it would be to respect and celebrate with each other the various faiths that that teach us to deal with each other in love and mercy and fairness.

    I’ve heard a lot of references regarding the “War against Christmas”. I don’t think there was ever any war against anyone, until a handful of prominent Christian leaders created one. The country was moving closer and closer to sharing joy with one another, to developing a growing understanding of one another. I think it is tragic that it went so awry this season.

    I don’t think these leaders thought it through. December is like a beautiful gift of celebration of many faiths that we all look forward to for a full year. For these men to come out and say no one can celebrate but their faith was very selfish and unchristian of them. I’m really disappointed in the stores that gave in to this. It is like a cross between “the squeaky wheel gets the grease” and “letting the bullies take over the playground.”

    I will probably never have an appreciation for the commercialization that takes over at this time of year. Nor the stress we inflict on ourselves, obviously. But I will forever find hope in the underlying commonality of love, mercy, and generosity we find in the many faiths that it represents.

    Betty S

  6. December 28, 2005    

    …All religions wishing “Happy whatever” to friends and neighbors of other religions….

    This has to be my biggest wish for this world’s future. And not just at holiday seasons, but always.:)

    …The country was moving closer and closer to sharing joy with one another, to developing a growing understanding of one another. I think it is tragic that it went so awry this season…

    I think a lot of the really fantic-type crap spilling from “some” of the religious leader’s lips will end up hurting them more than helping. That kind of stuff isn’t spiritual in nature and it creates a creepy, crawly sensation in the gut. I can only hope more people pay attention to the feeling and recognize it for what it is.

  7. Betty S Betty S
    December 28, 2005    

    I hope so too.
    People need to listen to their instincts more, instead of just following authority.

  8. December 29, 2005    

    I love the COLBERT REPORT on Comedy Central. He’s been doing a “Campaign against humbuggery” every night, which draws attention to how completely wacko people get about Christmas. Of course, he uses satire to do so. One night, he was talking about the Christmas tree and said it was a tradition “so deeply rooted in the Christian faith that it pre-dates Christ.” ROTFLMAO!!

    Steve Colbert is now on my list of sexy men. He cocks that eyebrow, whips off his glasses, and says something so funny that all I can do is lust for him. 😉

  9. Betty S Betty S
    December 29, 2005    

    I love Colbert and I love that quote!
    Betty S

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