Sunday, December 18, 2005

Holiday Spirit

Ah, December. A month full of a lights, Coca-Cola commercials, and bad scratch-and-sniff stickers. Of Charlie Brown Christmas Specials, and of fires in a fireplace.

It seems to me that holiday spirit is growing. I'm not saying that this is a bad thing. In fact, I think it's a good thing. It's a time when the country, not only it's Christians, but everyone, bonds together. Lights fill the streets, creating a sort of
"perpetual twighlight". Smoke spirals upward from chimneys, to create acid rain and holes in the O-Zone.

I feel such a part of something. I feel so, not Christian, not religious, but American. I feel as though the Christmas trees replace American flag. It's a symbol of our blatant disrespect of the first amendment.

If someone read this post previously, I apologize for deleting the rest of this post. It was a point which was pretty stupid. Believe it or not, I have actually changed my position on something.

Bill O' Reilly, and I can't believe I'm mentioning him in my blog, is trying to convince us that saying "Happy Holidays" is stupid. He argues (well he doesn't really argue, he just says and then makes some bad jokes, hoping that people mistake that for information) that saying many Americans don't celebrate any holidays. I guess New Years doesn't count as a holiday. Anyway, you can check out his position (if you could call it that) here.

So, I would like to wish you all a happy holiday, and a happy new year.

It's hard to be opinionated sometimes.

11 comments:

Someone cloase to you said...

Unfortunately, your attitude is looking at the situation in a very negative way. Of course, people say "happy Holidays" -- in the spirit of joy and happiness and to be sensitice that we are not all the same religion. And isn't that what America is all about - diversity and positive "can do -ism"?

Sam said...

If someone "cloase" to me learned how to spell and use capital letters correctly, I would be a little more convinced.

Anonymous said...

Sam, I don't understand your point. When someone wishes me a Merry Christmas, they are assuming that I am Christian and that assumption offends me. Happy Holidays means, no matter what holiday you celebrate, enjoy yourself! This greeting assumes that despite our differences, we all share, and welcome, a common wish for peace and happiness at the year's end.

Sam, your posts are enjoyable, but you need to think before you speak. Also, "shut up: is not a polite thing to say! Get an internet etiquette book!

Jesse said...

I'm an atheist, and I celebrate Christmas. I don't mind whatever anyone says. People make assumptions, thats how people work. And I truly think it is the thought that counts. If someone says "Merry Christmas" and not 'Happy Holidays' because they assume everyone is or should be Christian, thats bad. I don't actually care what they say, as long as their intention is good. If they don't mention some holiday's, thats because not many people celebrate them. It would be impossible for every holiday to be mentioned at school. They choose common ones. There was a kid at school complaining that he'd miss All Saints Day because of school. If it mattere dthat much to him, he would have missed school and done make up work, but he idn't. He can't complain that the school didn't mention it. And I wish everyone a happy, diverse New Year.

Anonymous said...

Right on weirdbro! Right on Sam!

Anonymous said...

Holidays are a depressing time in my view. The common view, is a nuclear holiday. The joy that everyone gets when around friends and family, the presents, the traditions, the games, the food and on t.v. specials the part where everything goes wrong but ends up working out in the end. Life just does not happen to be like that, what about the fact that some people cannot eat a feast on the holidays, play games, have traditions. A lot of people still have to work on the holidays just to make ends meet, and only on the national "school is closed" days is there a pay bonus. Yes it would be too hard to pay more for every holiday out there, considering that would be almost everyday. The holidays are just another grouping of days with a special name, if anything I would prefer to be in school doing work, because it is a routine where I don't have to think as much, where I don't have to entertain myself, it passes the day by and that is what works for me. I say again, the holidays are depressing.

Anonymous said...

That's how TV is!

Get over it

Anonymous said...

I know that is how t.v. is but what I am saying is it makes the holidays all that much more depressing. In my view, the holidays should be done away with.

Leah said...

We pretend we're united as a nation, but is it really true? Happy Holidays is just the way people are trying to be non-offensive. Everything is these days. But's that not exactly a bad thing. I have to get holiday music (which is really all Christmis music by the way)crammed down my throat every year, and I'm glad I don't have to see a manger at my school when I come in. Christmas may have taken a small step down, but that just makes the U.S a less biased country. It's just pretend, but at least we have it. Anyway, it's a break!

Abby said...

Anonymous #4:
get over it? No way! If people just learned to "get over" everything that bugged them, where would humanity be today? What would happen to society if we went with the flow to the point where we lost all power to say what we think? I for one won't be quiet about anything I think needs to be changed.

Everybody Dance Now said...

Damn straight Abby