Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Who Honestly Gives A …

christmas-holidayMaybe it’s just how I was raised, but I’ll never understand the obsession many people have with what other people are saying or doing.  It’s a reason why I never can understand how so many millions are against homosexuality.  If it’s a sin, it’s their sin.  It’s between those who are homosexual and God — period.  I don’t get why so many people feel it’s a threat to their own lives and relationships based on what others are doing in theirs.

The same goes with this ridiculous “war on Christmas” you constantly hear about during this time of year.  You have some people offended if someone tells them, “Merry Christmas!”  You have others offended if someone says, “Happy Holidays!”  Some are offended by nativity scenes, some are offended by the lack of them.

Tell me, does the presence of a nativity scene — or the lack thereof — really have an impact on your life?  Who really sits around and gets angry over a nativity scene?  Isn’t there enough going on in the world to deal with?  “Oh, no!  Someone put up/doesn’t have up a large gathering of plastic figures shaped in the form of a nativity scene!”

If you want one, put one in your house.  If you don’t, then don’t.  If you see one out somewhere, and it’s something you don’t agree with, ignore it.

I’ve had people say all kinds of different “holiday” greetings to me, and you know what?  I’ve never been offended.  I’m a Christian so of course I say Merry Christmas.  If someone doesn’t say it back, I don’t care.  I don’t go and pout about it as if it’s some kind of slight against me, my religion or my beliefs.  You know why?  Because the reason why the person didn’t say it back is none of my business. 

It’s just unfathomable to me how many people make such a big deal out of this.

Hell, you even have Fox News stirring up debates about whether or not Santa is white.  Who. Gives. A . Damn.

You know why?  Because Santa Claus isn’t real.  

Now I know what some will say — “Well, he’s based on a real person, Saint Nicholas.”  And that’s true.  But the moment Saint Nicholas moved up to the North Pole, adopted a group of reindeer and a workshop full of elves, he stopped being based on the real Saint Nicholas and became an imaginary entity all to himself known as Santa Claus.

But then again, who really cares?

Well, actually, I know who cares.  Insecure people.  People who can’t live their lives without forcing their views on others.  They validate themselves by trying to tell everyone else what is or isn’t right or what is or isn’t wrong.

But you know what?  These are often the most flawed people you’ll ever meet.  Which is why they’re so insecure to begin with.

So when it comes to someone saying Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays or whatever else someone might say to you, here’s a novel idea — just be a nice person and say it back.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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