So, today I would like to talk about a massively contradictory double standard here in the US.
As you may know, in the US it’s a cultural ‘no-no’ to say something that omits or discriminates a particular race, religion, sex (or sexes, depending on which one (or ones) you identify with), or if it discriminates based on fashion, wealth, political leaning, car, shoes, hair, ….actually I think i’m making some of this up, but you get my point.
In a nutshell, we should all be talking like this….apparently:
So with this in mind, it’s fashionable to say “Happy Holidays” in the US rather than “Merry Christmas” because it’s considered offensive to wish someone a ‘Merry Christmas’ if they’re not a Christian/Catholic/Mormon etc.
But is that really true, or are we implying that other cultures aren’t tolerant?
But I can tell you one thing, I am NOT touching a religious debate with a barge pole. Oh, wait, that’s probably offensive to people who aren’t familiar with that saying…or to people who drive barges, or to those who don’t.
Wait, do you drive a barge? Or do you sail one?
Either way, I’m not touching this with a barge pole / Christmas tree / Driedel / Kinara.
Is…is that better? Seems a bit of a mouthful. (Insert penis joke here…..and also insert ‘insert penis’ joke here too)
I suppose it’s the same as people wishing me a “Happy Thanksgiving” or “Happy 4th of July” when I’m English and don’t celebrate them. Oh, I get SO offended! I can’t believe that people have the audacity to….nah, i’m fucking with you, I don’t care.
I recognise that Thanksgiving is a thing at the end of November, like Christmas and Kwanzaa is a thing at the end of December and Hanukkah is a thing around the same time as the other things I just mentioned; it’s all a bit confusing if i’m honest. But just because I don’t celebrate these holidays, that doesn’t mean others can’t wish me good tidings at their belief’s time of year; good for them! I appreciate the gesture because it’s NOT ABOUT ME!
This post wasn’t intended to be a rant at the ‘I’m offended’ culture (as much fun as that is), but more of an observation of a massively contradictory double standard around this time of year, hence the opening sentence.
So, we say “Happy Holidays” to avoid offending those who don’t celebrate Christmas, but apparently we’re OK with:
- Christmas decorations in the shops (stores).
- Christmas decorations adorning homes everywhere.
- Christmas trees for sale.
- Christmas music on the radio.
- Christmas imagery2 EVERYWHERE, including lots of pictures of Santa, Reindeer, Elves, Snowmen (sorry, SnowPEOPLE), snow, Christmas trees, holly, mistletoe, and all that stuff directly linked and relevant to the birth of Jesus.
- Christmas foods.
- Ugly Christmas jumpers (sweaters).
- Christmas lights, inside and outside.
- Christmas hats with antlers, Christmas trees, holly and all the same Christian imagery from before.
And, above all, a lot of workers get the day off on Christmas Day! Although i’m sure the non-Christmas folk out there insist on going into work that day instead of taking a paid day off with their families.
But that’s OK, because it’s our right to celebrate Christmas as long as we don’t do it openly.
What a farce.
By the way, if you go to somewhere like Greenland and see a reindeer, is that considered offensive?
Food for thought.
Unless you’re offended by food.
Merry Christmahanakwanzika everyone! (I really wish I’d made that word up….sigh)
1 – We know
2 – Not a single image of the Holiday Armadillo I’ve noticed. Sorry Ross.