We’ve all heard it before. Don’t say “Merry Christmas.” You might offend someone. Not everyone celebrates Christmas. Why are you forcing religion in my face?!
So our collectively PC culture caved to the madness and embraced the phrase, “Happy holidays.” And, to be fair… there’s really nothing at all wrong with wishing someone happy holidays. There are several unique holidays celebrated in December, not to mention New Years.
While we’re at it, there’s also nothing wrong with saying “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah.” But, I digress.
But apparently, “happy holidays” is no longer politically correct enough to be accepted in our culture. As reported by Campus Reform,
In “The Festivus for the Rest of Us” TWU releaes, Mark Kessler, professor of multicultural women’s and gender studies, provides tips to avoid “missteps” when planning a “secular celebration.”
First, he says, party planners should avoid using the word “holiday,” even though it’s often been touted as a safe alternative to “Christmas,” because it “connotes religious tradition and may not apply to all employees.”
Instead, parties scheduled for December should be called “end of semester” parties, or for business-oriented offices, “end of fiscal year” parties.
In addition to inclusive nomenclature, Kessler suggests avoiding any “religious symbolism, such as images of Santa Claus, evergreen trees, or red-nosed reindeer.” Snowflakes and snowmen, however, are good alternatives for party decorations or invitations.
Party planners, the prof. says, also have to be cautious of pesky holiday references sneaking into party treats, such as “red and green sugar cookies shaped like Christmas trees.”
Because really, who doesn’t want to get invited to an “end of fiscal year” party? That sounds like a jolly good time. Except… not.
Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all!