So Merry JOSHmas, already. Happy now?

I don’t mean to be disrespectful, but the whole fake “War on Christmas” is getting old.

Really, what war? A bunch of people who think Christmas needs to be emblazoned everywhere, and is enforcing its own brand of political correctness with threats of boycotts and a lot of whining, are getting way more attention than they deserve.

Seriously, what war?

I got an email from some guy worried that a wave of “political correctness” will wash over this hallowed holiday. I wrote back and asked him who was keeping him from telling people Merry Christmas, or putting it up in his house, or on his roof, or telling it to people he meets, or putting it up on the Internet, or whatever?

He wrote back that there are some people, he swears, who are offended by someone saying Merry Christmas, and my response to that was “So? That’s their problem.”

These guys sound like the anti-gay marriage people who say gay people getting married will somehow damage their own marriage. They’re never clear on how. If two guys get hitched, you stop loving your wife? You have to get a divorce? It is so confusing.

Same here: How does someone else’s term for the holiday keep you from having a Merry Christmas? Or going to church? Or worshiping at home?

There’s the whole Xmas controversy — my good friend Neal Humphrey has a blog on this very web site discussing that — how X is a Greek letter that is Christ’s initial. Interestingly, Neal also says that Jesus’ nickname was Josh.

As I point out in an answer on Neal’s blog, this War on Christmas is really being pushed by bullies who want to foist their brand of relgious ferver off on others. They’re devout in public, so you darn well better be devout too, and so better WalMart, and Sears, and all the rest.

Interestingly, the magazine Psychology Today, says the war is over and Christmas won. The article discusses the victimhood aspect of the thing, but also notes that more and more stores are advertising more Christmas sales at the behest of people who may actually not want them to because it removes a way they can get attention by claiming they’re being picked on.

As the author of the article says:

No, the “War on Christmas” has never been about religious freedom, individual rights, or even the supposed scourge of political correctness. Rather, it’s just an attempt to get attention, jockey for victimhood, and make sure that other groups aren’t passing yours by. The ability to celebrate as you and your loved ones wish to celebrate has never been at issue–unless your family had a tradition of meeting for Midnight Mass at Dick’s Sporting Goods.

And this year, even that might be back on the negotiating table.

So, Christmas won. How getting Target to put Christmas in a big banner over a whole bunch of television sets celebrates the birth of Christ is beyond me, but if that’s your reason for the season, hey, go for it.

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4 Responses to So Merry JOSHmas, already. Happy now?

  1. Doug Gibson says:

    Inclusion is the key: Walmart needs a banner that can read Happy/Merry Holidays/Christmas/Hanukah, Kwaanza/Xmas/Joshmas/and anything else! … Put it to music too!

  2. Karen Thurber says:

    I’m Jewish and am pleased when someone wishes me a Merry Christmas – I’ve got the day off and plan for it to be very merry indeed! I do feel a little indundated with Christmas sometimes, but it’s all commercial anyway. The really good stuff is underneath, the spirit of giving and goodwill. I give small presents to those I work with and to friends to symbolize my appreciation for them throughout the year. It’s a fine time to thank someone! And, by the way, Merry Christmas to all!

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