Happy Annoying Second-Guessing

A quick rant:  I am annoyed that we have gotten to the point in which I feel like people will assume I am making a political point when I say either “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays.”

This strikes me as something that never needed to be made into some huge ideological marker.  The amazing thing is that it is not even a religious/non-religious issue at this point but seems like a partisan choice.

It is all so very ridiculous.

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Steven L. Taylor is Professor of Political Science and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Troy University. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter

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  1. Ernieyeball says:

    Happy Christmas!!! Merry Holidays!!! Super Solstice!!! To All!




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  2. michael reynolds says:

    I hate the whole season. So Merry Fwck It All!




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  3. John H says:

    I tried “Cheerful Solstukkahchriswanzaa!”, but I was quickly identified as a practicing smart***.




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  4. Ernieyeball says:

    @michael reynolds: So you don’t kill a tree for Jesus Birthday? But…the economy!!!




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  5. Gromitt Gunn says:

    Just go with “Joyeux Noel.” Then they’ll hate you for being a Cajun and/or a fer’ner instead. 😉




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  6. Ernieyeball says:

    @John H: Better to be a smartazz than a dumbazz!




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  7. Personally I’m offended that nobody says “Happy Saturnalia.” It is, after all, the reason for the season




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  8. @Doug Mataconis: Actually, there was an attorney at the firm where I worked in college who would wish people “Happy Saturnalia.”




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  9. gVOR08 says:

    I’m constantly reminded that in my youth in the 50s in North Dakota it was quite common to see “Happy Holidays” signs. Until the Air Force Bases came in, there might have been a couple hundred Jews, zero Muslims, and damn near zero avowed athiests in the whole state. All we had to discriminate against were Catholics, so no political correctness. It was just to save the bother of changing signs between Christmas and New Years. You don’t want to change outdoor signs at 30 below.




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  10. michael reynolds says:

    @Ernieyeball:

    Of course I kill a tree for Jesus and buy a bunch of crap that moments after it is unwrapped begins its march from home to garage to trash dump. I have teenagers. Neither is religious but they are greedy, determined and pitiless. So yeah, we celebrate the crap out of Christmas.




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  11. James Joyner says:

    There’s a war on Christmas, son, and you’re unarmed. I mean, aside from Christmas decorations and music everywhere, a massive spike in Christmas-related sales, and the fact that we shut down schools and government agencies for the holiday, you’d barely know it’s Christmas.




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  12. @James Joyner:

    There’s a war on Christmas, son, and you’re unarmed. I mean, aside from Christmas decorations and music everywhere, a massive spike in Christmas-related sales, and the fact that we shut down schools and government agencies for the holiday, you’d barely know it’s Christmas.

    Word.




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  13. @gVOR08:

    It was just to save the bother of changing signs between Christmas and New Years.

    Really, prior to this silly War on Christmas business, I always thought “Happy Holidays” was mostly a contraction of “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” (which some smattering of Happy Hanukkah implied)–especially when said to someone prior to Christmas and that one would not see until after the New Year.




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  14. TastyBits says:

    At one time, saying “Merry Christmas” was not done until a few days before Christmas, and I remember when the first day was Christmas Eve. Saying “Happy Holidays” was done between Thanksgiving and New Years day, but it was more concentrated around the three days.




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  15. rodney dill says:

    Merry Christmas.




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  16. rodney dill says:

    @Doug Mataconis:

    “Happy Saturnalia.”

    I have wished people “Happy Perihelion” this time of year.




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  17. Murray says:

    Things would be so much simpler if the English language had a name for this holiday without the word Christ in it, as in French (Noel) or in German (Weihnachten).




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  18. scott says:

    To confuse the War on Christmas crowd, just tell them that Holidays is really Holy Days. It has the advantage of actually being true.




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  19. @scott: Indeed.




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  20. John Burgess says:

    @Murray: Polish has them beat!

    Wesołych Świąt

    Just saying it correctly makes one feel merry!

    Because so much of my life was spent in places where Christians were a minority and it was often hard to tell just who followed what religion, “Happy Holidays” made the most sense as well as the better etiquette.

    I just don’t sweat the issue and step back from those who do.




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  21. Ernieyeball says:

    @michael reynolds: So yeah, we celebrate the crap out of Christmas.

    I didn’t think it was allowed so close to San Francisco!!! You are a true ‘merican and first class parent!




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  22. john personna says:

    I’ve noticed it. You can’t even lump Christmas and New Years as “holidays” anymore. It’s anti-Christian to some.




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  23. john personna says:

    @John Burgess:

    glædelig jul




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  24. John Burgess says:

    @john personna: That’s actually understandable to an English speaker, no matter which Scandinavian or antique version of English is might be.




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  25. grumpy realist says:

    Many many years ago….

    Parco (large department store in Tokyo) did in fact put together, as an ad for the holidays….

    …a crucified Santa Claus.

    (This sounds like one of those urban legends, but one of my friends who was a UPI news reporter in Japan, swears that he saw the Parco ad in one of the subways. He says he’s always regretted not filching it.)




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  26. LiberalCapitalist says:

    … meh.

    Sincerely,

    Smug, self-assured, unrepentant atheist.

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    (…as they say in the south: All y’all is crazy)




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  27. rodney dill says:

    @john personna: @Murray:
    God Jul

    jp, Now you have me wishing for some Lutefisk and Lefse,

    Murray, you did want something without Christ in the name.




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  28. Ben Wolf says:

    Merry Yule Tide, everyone.




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  29. Moosebreath says:

    @Steven L. Taylor:

    “Actually, there was an attorney at the firm where I worked in college who would wish people “Happy Saturnalia.””

    Did he encourage people to celebrate it correctly, including public gambling and having the higher tiers of the firm wait on the lower ones?




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  30. Argon says:

    Irving Berlin wrote ‘Happy Holiday’ in 1942. It was recorded by Bing Crosby, Perry Como, and many Jewish crooners who, like Berlin, took Anglo names for the music business. It was meant to celebrate the holidays of the season.

    Berlin also wrote ‘White Christmas’ in 1942.




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  31. JKB says:

    Well, the war on Christmas comes out of DC. In 20 years in government, it wasn’t an issue until I was stationed in DC. Then some morons in Warshington Grove (and yes, I spelled that phonetically in West Virginia conductor) decided to ban Santa Claus from the holiday parade they held in their wide spot along the railroad tracks. Because Santa was a “religious symbol.” I didn’t know commercialism was a recognized religion. Well, they got their wish since the crowd loaded up with Santas. And yes, I know Santa comes from St Nicholas but Santa Claus is definitely not practicing.




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  32. michael reynolds says:

    @JKB:

    Well, the war on Christmas comes out of DC.

    No, it comes from Fox News.




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  33. Mikey says:

    My new favorite, which I will be shamelessly thieving:

    Pleasant Christmahannukwanzivus!




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