Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Holiday Mini-Rant — and Best Wishes

"Happy Holidays!"

That phrase usually grates on my mind. It's fingernails-on-a-blackboard. It's so "politically correct" as to be painful.

We're not allowed to say "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Hanukkah", for fear of offending non-Christians and/or non-Jews. We're told not to offer faith- or holiday-specific greetings because someone's feelings might be hurt. And so came the rise of the bland — but somehow considerate — "Happy Holidays!"

I say, "Enough!" I'm not doing it this year. Whatever religion you follow, whatever God you worship, He wants you to profess your faith and offer good tidings to your neighbors. We should all be proud to be Christians, Jews, or whatever.

So no, I won't choke back, do the politically correct thing, and wish anyone "Happy Holidays" anymore. I'd rather be a modern-day Maccabee:
The shape our country is in now, we need Maccabees, we need them badly. People that will not bow down to the false king of “Political Correctness” nor allow the sacrifice [of] good people on the alter of “tolerance” by them being put out of business, or having their TV show canceled because they talk about the Tanakh or the Bible. Nor because they choose to talk about G-d. We need people who recognize evil and teach others how to recognize it. We must become the Maccabees of today.
(Click through to read a VERY abbreviated history of the Maccabees. It's pretty awesome.)

OK, now that the rant is done, let me offer my sincerest and best (and in some cases, belated) wishes to all you and yours.

Merry Christmas.
(source: Wikipedia)

Happy Hanukkah.

Good Yule.
(source: Why'd You Eat That?)

And Happy New Year.

Whatever you decide to celebrate, celebrate well and have a good time.

And as always, stay safe.


  1. Merry Christmas, Archer!

    Been a busy end to the year here. To top it all off, we had a furnace fire that destroyed the electrical control section while pumping smoke throughout the house.

    Happily, I now enjoying central heat for the first time in a week, while the ozinators hum a holiday tune.

    I'll be back to blogging soon. Many thanks for the excellent work you have been doing!

    Merry Christmas! Happy Chanukah! Merry Festivus!

  2. I gotta admit, it has been a very long time since I thought there was any Christ is Christmas... so if you want to say Merry Christmas... well... it is a free country... sort of anyways!

    As for me, I will bow before no thing and no one... ever!

  3. that should have been "any Christ in Christmas"
    couldn't find an edit button...

    1. Yea, no edit button ... sorry.

      The Christmas message got lost somehow. It's not a new thing, but it's still tragic (in my opinion, anyway). As another blogger put it (paraphrasing; can't find the link), Christ is the reason for the season, or perhaps Christmas is the season for the Reason. Regardless, I made it a point to try to remind people (as politely but firmly as possible) why we celebrate Christmas in the first place.

      I just got tired of tailoring my celebratory traditions around not offending people who insist on being offended by everything. So instead, I flipped those people the metaphorical bird, and made my Christmas holiday about Him. And good times were had by all.

      As it should be, on both counts. :)