See, here’s the thing.

11 December, 2011
Rat Fink

It’s all over Facebook:  the latest indignant foot stomp about the whole “Merry Christmas” vs. “Happy Holidays” thing. Behold the official RtB stance:

I say “merry Christmas.” I say “happy holidays.” Why does it have to be one and not the other? What’s wrong with saying “happy Hanukkah” to a Jewish person, or “blessed Kwanzaa” to an African American, or “good winter solstice” to a religiously unaffiliated friend? What’s the big hairy deal? Is America not the great tossed salad, where liberty — both secular and sacred — reigns? So the government would rather we use generic terms to describe this time of year. Yeah, so? It’s part and parcel of the free society. People who make you feel guilty over saying “merry Christmas” are not “making” you feel guilty; you’re allowing them to make you feel guilty. So, don’t. Somebody dissing your beliefs? It happens all the time. Don’t give them the time of day.

Do you feel ooky at the fact that we all sing “White Christmas,” even though its composer was Jewish? It didn’t matter to Irving Berlin, fiends, so it shouldn’t matter to us. Life’s too short.

And for those who constantly yammer about how the “founding fathers” did things…I say HA to you. If I had the time, I would go into more detail about some of the practices in which our “founding fathers” engaged. It might make some think twice. But it’s all about selectivity, isn’t it? We like this or that rule, so we’ll pick the ones we want and ignore the rest.

Buuuuuuuuuuut….it’s time for me to wake up the Js and get them gussied for their CHRISTMAS program at church this morning. :-)

Merry Christkwanzakkah solstice!

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11 December, 2011 5:48 pm

I’m with you, sistah…. I’m sooooo over all this self-righteous indignation coming from “Christians” who fail to realize that, in our melting-pot of a country, there are plenty of other tax-paying, law-abiding US citizens whose faith tradition celebrates a milestone at this time of year, too! I don’t know if you saw this “response” to that offensive Rick Perry pandering video, but this rabbi makes a good point of how plenty of Jewish people this time of year are forced to endure all this Merry Christmas/”Reason for the Season” crap and don’t make a stink like Christians do… I’m… Read more »

14 December, 2011 1:53 pm

I posted something on FB asking pretty much the same thing. I am tired of people trying to make me feel guilty for wishing someone Happy Days, especially if it’s heartfelt. In Dutch we say “Vrolijk Feestdagen” (happy feast days) or “Fijne Kerstdagen” which literally translated is Fine Christmas Days BUT–Kerst does not mean Christ. It’s just a general term for these days around December 25th. When I was teaching first grade I had some Jehovah’s Witness twins in my class one year…that was very very difficult. Not only for me but for them. Even if I had a Winter… Read more »