Ok, if you know me at all, you know I avoid talk of politics or religion. And it’s not because I don’t have an opinion…I do. I just prefer to keep my opinions to myself. But once I year, I feel the need to buck the system just a little bit and say out loud how much I hate how politically correct everything has become.
I mean…since when are people afraid to wish you a Merry Christmas?
I found myself in the Hellmouth this evening…otherwise known as the local WalMart (it’s Christmas, that’s why!) As I walked in the door there was a lady greeting everyone. She wore the requisite blue smock along with big smile and a necklace made of vintage Christmas lights. They were the kind my parents used to put on our tree…huge colored lights that burned hot enough to power an easy bake oven. She smiled and waved, and said, “Hello.” But despite the lighted trees and blow up Santa’s that surrounded her, she never once mentioned Christmas. That wasn’t strange in and of itself. I don’t necessarily run around town saying Merry Christmas all day long…but I’m not a greeter at WalMart either. Even the guy ringing the Salvation Army bell avoided the word like it might draw fire from the angry natives.
So what did I do?
I made the first move. I said, “Merry Christmas!” All happy and cheerful-like. And like a spell had been broken, these people suddenly smiled widely and proclaimed, “Merry Christmas!” right back to me. It reminded me of years past…way past…when everywhere I went, people were wishing me a Merry Christmas.
I think it’s very sad that something so innocent has become such a political statement. In an attempt to be fair to all religions, they have managed to unfairly muzzle an entire group of people. People who want nothing more than to send holiday wishes to those who share their holiday.
Like I said, I’m not trying to make a religious or political statement, but this country was founded on the principle of freedom of religion. I would never prevent another individual from practicing their religion or celebrating their holidays. It’s time that courtesy was extended to Christmas again.
Until the next time…I’ll be wishing you a Merry Christmas!