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Everywhere I go during this time of year I hear "Happy Holidays" or
"Merry Christmas." I was born and raised Catholic, so I prefer
hearing "Merry Christmas" when I'm out. I'm no humbug toward the
Christmas season, but when I hear "Happy Holidays" after spending an
absurd amount of money on CHRISTMAS PRESENTS, I lose my "holiday"
spirit. In recent years it seems like everyone is saying "Happy
Holidays." What about "Merry Christmas," "Happy Hanukkah," "Happy
Kwanzaa" or "Feliz Navidad"?
Everywhere I look the rules are
changing. I remember when I was younger, singing Christmas carols
and performing the yearly Christmas concert was what I lived for. It
seems like now everything to do with Christmas and the holidays in
general has been banned for everyone. For example, in grade school I
always had a Christmas party. Now there is a 30-minute "holiday"
party where no Christmas trees are within eyesight, and no cute
stockings are anywhere to be found. This ticks me off because it's
as if the school systems are trying to take away the Christmas
spirit, which is no fun!
Is everyone just a bunch of humbugs? I think yes! Some would
disagree with me and try to persuade me to be more focused on
political correctness. I can understand this. If I were of another
religion, I might take offense to Christmas.
Another aspect of the Christmas vs. holiday … is our "holiday
break." I hate this term. When I was growing up everything was
"Christmas break," not "winter break" or "holiday break." I think
that sounds so stupid.
Maybe I'm a Scrooge when it comes to anything but "Christmas,"
but I don't care. What is this world coming to? Next, we'll no
longer see the cute cherry nose of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,
but instead see movies about dancing snowflakes! This saddens me
because I love "Frosty The Snowman," the "Charlie Brown Christmas
Special," "The Grinch," "The Santa Clause," "Jack Frost" and "The
Little Drummer Boy," just to name off a few of my favorites.
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What is next? Will society become so uptight and politically correct
that they start taking away the smell of fresh pine trees and
decorative, festive lights? This will make me cry!
Right here in
Lincoln, there are people who believe it should still be the
"Christmas season." This has been shown on Nov. 24 when the
Christmas tree was decorated in the lobby of the girls' Heritage
dorm here on campus. I have yet to see any Christmas lights around
town, however, but I still have hope.
Let me clarify one thing before I conclude: I have respect for
all religions. The simple truth is that, to me, this is the
Christmas season, not the holiday season. If someone insists on
telling me "Happy Holidays" after spending money on a Christmas
present, I will never be afraid to say "Merry Christmas" in return.
Next time any of you go out to a grocery store or perhaps the
mall on Christmas Eve, say "Merry Christmas" loud and proud! Don't
be afraid to yell, "Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good
Emily Tozzini is a staff writer for
The Emancipator, the Lincoln College newspaper. Republished with
December 08, 2008]
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