Feel free to wish me a Merry Christmas.

Hey there,  I just wanted to get something off my chest as I get ready to take a little break for Christmas.  I know that all of you are thinking, WHAAA he’s taking a break already???  Well it is Christmas time and unfortunately back home the folks don’t have an Internet connection.  So keep checking in for lots of new posts in the New Year.

As I was saying, please feel free to wish me a Merry Christmas, not a happy X-mas, or dreadful happy holiday.  Well I may be going a little hard on the Happy Holiday.  You may think Bob, why won’t a happy holiday suffice?

Well I would reply it is the Christmas Season, the last time I checked the Chanukah candles have been long blown out.  Don’t get me wrong I have many friends of the Hebrew Faith, and wish them a proper greeting when it is their day.

The thing that gets me riled up is that there are so many forces at work that try to simplify and dumb things down.  Trying to homogenize our culture as North Americans.  Other forces plead that they don’t want to offend anyone.  Ohhhh there we go offending people with a celebration of family and peace.  Better watch out.  Give me a break.

This whole “War on Christmas” thing has gone on long enough, the only people who are “offended” are by in large other “Christians” the politically correct few.  Afraid to say what they believe, except when they strive to dumb down what little culture we have left.

Show of hands, how many of you were offended when, someone walked up to you and said Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Chanukah?

All anyone is saying when they say Merry Christmas is Peace.  Lets face it most of the Christ is long gone from Christmas these days anyways.  Organized religions keep getting their hands slapped for stealing from the poor or doing other far worse things than I care to mention here today.

But we all regardless of creed or belief can do our part to keep the core of the holiday intact.  Remembering what the true meaning of Christmas is, PEACE.

If we can all keep that in our hearts our world, even for a day, could be a better place.

To all of my friends out there, Feliz Navidad, Mele Kalikimaka, Hyvaa Joulua, Mo’adim Lesimkha. Chena tova, Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah, Joyeux Noel, Merry Christmas……. PEACE

6 responses to “Feel free to wish me a Merry Christmas.

  1. Merry Christmas, Bob. Even my cats say it, instead of morphing it into the dreadful “Catmas” as some felines do.

    I agree that people should stop trying to be so politically correct by melting all the holidays into one big unrecognizable glump and stick to their beliefs. If it’s Hanukkah, fine. Kwanzaa, sure. I’m even OK with Boxing Day, whatever that is.

    • Glad you are on side with the Christmas thing, it’s small pet peeve. But one that drove me nuts just the same.

      I read some other blogs on the subject and however inflammatory my remarks may be I pale in comparison to some of the scholars posting out there.

      To my mind there is no place in Christmas for that kind of hate.

      Makes me glad to be Canadian.

  2. Merry Christmas — Alice would never say “Merry Catmas,” either. Now Bob, here’s a cultural question. Do Canadians say “Merry Christmas,” or going back to the days of the British Empire, do they say, “Happy Christmas?” Just wondering. And Karen, as I understand it, Boxing Day, which is 12/26, is the day when folks from the British Isles exchange their presents.

    • Well Adele, most every Canuck that I know says Merry Christmas, unless they have pretty much direct ties back to England. Having said that both are acceptable here.

      As for Boxing Day, as it was explained to me way back when, at least in the naval tradition; is the day where the upper and lower classes can change sides for a day. The Officers serve the Men, so on and so forth.

      We have always opened up our presents here on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Boxing Day is always just a nice extra day to go out and enjoy. We would often go sledding or visit family for a non rushed day.

      I guess we just take Boxing Day for granted here. I always “Just Thought” that the States did it too.