“Happy Winter”? Why I’m Grateful To Be ‘So Old’ That I Remember When It Was Normal To Say “Merry Christmas”
Having recently found myself walking the streets of Berkeley, Calfornia, in need of caffeinated distraction from the liberal goings on around me, I stepped fortuitously into the nearest Starbucks, ordered and received my ‘iced grande extra hot lemon-spiced latte, add sprinkles, 3 pumps syrup’, my transaction was completed with the somewhat-shocking-to-me remark from the otherwise-lovely young female barista… “Happy Winter”
I was perplexed – are we now so far down the politically-correct-drain that the ‘safest space’ during the christmas holidays is a greeting that is thankful for a season?
The answer, I am afraid is yes.. And Douglas Mackinnon, writing for The Daily Caller, seems to agree: Grateful To Be ‘So Old’ That I Remember When It Was Normal To Say ‘Merry Christmas’
When many people start to creep up to the age of 50, 60, or 70, they begin to lament the onset of “old age” and fantasize about the fountain of youth or hope Google is about to market some alien-inspired gadget which will zap them back into a twenty-something.
For me, the onset of “old age” is just fine. One of the main reasons being that it means I’m old enough to remember when it was not only normal to say “Merry Christmas” to people at Christmas-time, but truly odd if you did not.
Now, when advertisers seek to cash in off a certain day using only Santa Claus, Rudolph, a Christmas tree and elves in red and green clothing in their commercials, everyone understands that the time has to be Christmastime, and yet the advertisers are now so petrified of offending even one person who might tweet from his mom’s basement, that they refuse to insert the words “Christmas” or “Merry Christmas” into the ad.
If someone reminded those advertisers that “Christmas” is actually the celebration of the birth of the Baby Jesus, they would have to be institutionalized.
As terrified as they may be, I have yet to meet the person who is offended by the words “Merry Christmas.” Iran) have