Monday, December 03, 2007

It Is What It Is

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In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it "Christmas" and went to church; the Jews called it "Hanukkah" and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say "Merry Christmas!" or "Happy Hanukkah!" or (to the atheists) "Look out for the wall!"
~Dave Barry



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7 comments:

Lemuel said...

I do not get upset with whatever words others use to wish me well during this time of year - or what they call the trees or what they name the ornaments. If it is a greeting of peace or joy or hope and wishes me well, I gladly accept it, I figure it us much better than having a verbal virtual bird flipped at me.

somewhere joe said...

My family was Catholic. We went to church, then to Christmas parties and drank.

Paul said...

Lem: I'm pretty much in agreement with you, as long as we don't get into those X-mas greetings.

Merry Christmas to 'ya, Lem!

Joe: You Catholics have always been a group of renegades. Now, we Methodists are only one step away from the Baptists; I'm surprised at times that we even know how to dance.

Matt said...

Even in uber-PC Seattle, I'm not even slightly offended by any phrase that anyone says. If it's all in good faith, in good spirits, who am I to not accept it?

When are you going to post a video of you dancing?

Diesel said...

The X in X-mas is a symbol standing for Christ. No need to get worked up over that one. :)

The Neighbors Will Hear said...

I don't think anyone anywhere really gets upset at any holiday greeting. Certain conservative types who were looking for a reason to whine made up the whole "War on Christmas" thing.

I much prefer to be greeted with a hearty "Good solstice!" but when people fail to respect my pagan traditions, I haven't turned them over to the druids for human sacrifice. Yet.

Doug said...

The world is less tolerant nowadays. Everyone wants it their way and their way only, and any deviation is blasphemy and should be legislated against.

Happy Holidays! And thanks for steering me clear of that wall. It would have left a nasty bump.