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Friday, December 26, 2008

It's Ok To Wish Me A Merry Christmas, Seriously

The kids and I were watching "Family Man" on Abc Family Channel tonight and a commercial came on for buttons and stickers that say, and I'm NOT joking here, "It's Ok to Wish Me A Merry Christmas". Besides the commercial being less than timely (it IS the day AFTER Christmas today), I just found it a bit disturbing.
Why must we wear a button or display a sticker on our car stating that "It's Ok to Wish Me A Merry Christmas"?
How sad, that if you don't celebrate, or are not Christian, that you can't just POLITELY say, "thank you" or "same to you".
Or simply, but politely not reply at all?
I mean for cryin out loud, it's not like someone is wishing you some horrible, heinous, awful thing.
When did a simple politeness become such a rare commodity?
Do you really have to ‘come from the same place’ to be gracious when someone extends a holiday greeting?
I did a little research online and found several different varieties of “It’s Ok to Wish Me A Merry Christmas” buttons and stickers. Turns out some of these are church fundraiser items. I won’t begrudge the church for making a buck, but I also found these on a website that is not at all friendly to gays and lesbians. Maybe I just woke up from under a rock, but I wasn’t aware of this campaign that apparently has been going on since at least 2006.
I’m not Jewish, nor am I African American, but I can recall many times when I was wished a “Happy Hanukkah” or “Happy Kwanza”.
Was I offended?
Of course not.
Was I rude?
Of course not.
A simple “thank you” or “same to you” was my reply.
How hard is that to do, really?
Maybe I just watched to many heartwarming holiday movies, but seriously, do we really need these stickers and buttons?

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Paulineh said...

Merry Christmas to you Lola....and I really mean it. Thank you also for your blog which I have been following.

Political correctness has gone mad. Lets embrace other people's differences and not be too scared to voice them.

Lola said...

Thank you. And Merry Christmas to you as well.

I enjoy your blog as well.

I agree wholeheartedly.

Anonymous said...

I wandered over from I Am Harriet and I agree with you. Sometimes I feel like PC stands for pure crap.

Da Old Man said...

I'm with you 100% on this. I'm an Italian, and Roman Catholic. I've been wished a Happy Hannakah (sp) perhaps hundreds of times, and never once was I offended. In fact, It's much better than some of the other things that's been said to me in my life.

I am Harriet said...

Probably the best thing about being over 40 is learning how to pick and choose what is worth reacting to.

Hope you had/are having a happy everything :)

Lola said...

Blue Violet,

Pure Crap, that sounds fantastic!

Da Old Man,

Oh come on, I find it hard to believe anyone would say anything bad about you!

I Am Harriet,

Speaking of being over 40, I figure I can use any well wishing I can get at this point!

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