Happy Winter Holiday??? Merry Christmas!
Does this sort of phraseology drive you nuts?
‘Happy Winter Holiday’ – a phrase coined by who-knows-who and seized upon by those congenitally afraid of upsetting someone. Who this ‘someone’ might be is to me, at any rate, unclear.
Perhaps the word ‘Christmas’ upsets non-Christian religions. If they’re so sensitive as to feel aggrieved by views other than their own, then they worship a pretty intolerant God.
Maybe it upsets Christians who don’t believe in the Nativity. So they’re intolerant too, are they?
The most compulsive argument I’ve come across for using ‘Happy Winter Holiday’ instead of ‘Happy Christmas’ is that the Christian connotation confuses the children of non-believers. And I could go for that, except…is it impossible for their parents to explain to them why they believe as they do, from an early age?
Actually, I think the phrase was coined by atheists, often the most intolerant of all non-believers. They can’t handle the joy Christmas brings to countless millions because they don’t get it, so why should anyone have fun if they don’t?
Of course Christmas also brings misery to millions all over the world, and if we can’t at least spare a thought for them in the season of goodwill we’ve no right to celebrate the birth of Christ.
So I say just ignore the PC brigade. Eat, drink, make merry. But do something for someone less fortunate than you are – it doesn’t matter how big or small, just something. Because if we all do something the world becomes a better place. That’s really what celebrating Christmas is all about.
What? Where’s the cavalry?
OK – just for you here’s a typically odd UK Christmas lament which sort-of says it all, really.
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