Even though Christmas has been celebrated by untold millions in many countries for centuries as the day of the birth of Jesus Christ, it did not become a national holiday in this country until 1870. According to public records from census reports, about 90 percent of the residents of the United States celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday. The other ten percent are comprised of people of different faiths including Jews, Muslims and other groups, even non-believers such as agnostics and atheists.
The near year-end event of celebrating Christmas with all its many festivities, gift giving activities, decorations and so on was an accepted tradition for well over 100 years by all. But then came the movement to keep religion out of the public domain and make our country much more secular. This trend started in many different ways and we do not want to really report on that in this article. We are generally a very tolerant people in our country and have accepted minor corrections in lifestyles and changes in the public square.
But then came the ‘political correctness’ movement whereby we were slowly indoctrinated to express ourselves more respectful towards all others. Certain words simply disappeared from daily use and in conversations and correspondence between individuals and over some years the greeting Merry Christmas was looked down upon as being offensive to all non-Christians and one simply should change to Happy Holidays. And so it happened over the past years.
As an example of how ridiculous this trend could become we want to now demonstrate greetings in two different ways, starting with the:
‘Politically Correct’ greeting
“Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, our best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. We also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the generally accepted calendar year 2007, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere. And without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishes. By accepting these greetings you are accepting these terms. This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for herself or himself or others, and is void where prohibited by law and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher.
‘Back to Common Sense’ greeting
“Merry Christmas and Happy New Year”
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