Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Merry Christmas! Or Something!

So, yesterday I mentioned how the mysteriously religious nature of the "Christmas" tree led to its removal from a local elementary school, and today I'm not even halfway to work when I hear this story on the radio:
National Lampoon's HOLIDAY VacationIn Federal Way, December lunch menus for all 23 elementary schools were recalled and reprinted with the words "Happy Holidays" at a cost of $494 after a new nutrition services employee mistakenly prepared them with the greeting "Merry Christmas," spokeswoman Diane Turner said.
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Using "Merry Christmas" on the menus violated school system policies because "it has a religious connotation for some people," Turner said.

"Our objective is to provide information to the diversity of the people that we have in our district," she said. "We try to respect each individuals [sic] point of view."
Good for them. I know how pissy I can be when a Jewish friend wishes me a Happy Chanukah. Those jerks, why can't they be more respectful of my point of view? In fact, I think that policies like this don't go far enough. It's not good enough to simply omit "Merry Christmas" from verbal and printed greetings. I think we need to take it to the next level. We should make sure that our real feelings are made absolutely clear. I suggest using phrases such as the following:
  • Screw you, and have a crappy Christmas!
  • Take your Christmas and shove it!
  • I hope you choke on a sharp piece of peanut brittle!
  • Have an absolutely awful Christmas!
  • Go drown in a bowl of eggnog!
See, if you don't want someone to have a merry Christmas, there are all sorts of ways you can express that sentiment. "Happy Holidays" is so dull and sterile. I want to know where people really stand. So do me a favor and start being clearer about how you really feel.

Merry Christmas, everybody.

Source: Seattle Times
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3 Comments:

Anonymous Jen said...

These people were on the radio this morning. Check out their site. I think actually saying "merry Christmas" is better than wearing it, but they have their hearts in the right place.

http://www.operationjustsaymerrychristmas.com/

8:49 AM, December 09, 2005  
Anonymous Amber E. Gulmatico said...

You are completely correct. We all know what they are really thinking anyway. They wish all Christians would just go into a cave with Osama and never mention that icky Christ guy ever again because it makes them feel uncomfortable.

It's funny that they said the district paid for it. Nope. Hard working people who most likely celebrate Christmas just paid for that bland greeting.

9:33 AM, December 09, 2005  
Blogger Kiddo said...

Why can't we just say, "Merry Christmas, and if not, have a nice December"?

8:04 PM, December 09, 2005  

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