Brace yourselves! The “Happy Holidays” versus “Merry Christmas” argument is coming! :)
Christmas is the Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, which, in Western Christian Churches, is held annually on 25 December. For centuries, it has been the subject of several reformations, both religious and secular…
As an example, in the 17th century, the Puritans (English Protestants in the 16th and 17th centuries who sought to “purify” the Church of England of Roman Catholic practices) had laws forbidding the ecclesiastical celebration of Christmas.
Another example is the atheistic Cult of Reason during the era of Revolutionary France, during which Christmas religious services were banned and the three kings cake was renamed the “equality cake” undergovernment policies.
The modern-day controversy occurs mainly in the United States and to a much lesser extent the United Kingdom. The use of the generic term “holidays” as a multiculturally sensitive alternative to “Christmas”, is criticised as being “politically correct” by some religious and/or traditionally-minded people and groups.
In general, “Happy Holidays” is accepted as theand most inclusive greeting at this time of year, but if you prefer “Merry Christmas”, hey, go ahead, be my guest! Whichever people use, the answer should be, “Thanks, you too!”
Here is a selection of Happy Holidays versus Merry Christmas!
(Happy holidays /Merry Christmas to all of you!)