Don’t Believe Fox News – It’s Okay to Say Happy Holidays
“It’s not a Christmas tree yet, it’s only an Advent bush. I’ll call it a Christmas tree when it’s actually Christmas.”
– Memorable quote from a priest I once knew.
Fox News seems more than willing to associate the word “war” with something like Christmas. Whether it be Gretchen Carlson going on a rant about how the Democrats want to take red and green out of the holiday, or some other talking head from that network. It seems that this News Corp-run operation is hell-bent on believing that everyone in this entire country celebrates Christmas and is a Christian.
Lest we forget, there were no wishes for a Happy Chanukah (that I know of) from Fox News hosts earlier this month, as well as many other holidays celebrated around this time of year.
It’s a bit sad that people of the media (“media” being a lightly used term with Fox) and many in celebrity limelight expect everyone to adhere to the Merry Christmas-ness that occurs tomorrow, when many Americans don’t even celebrate the holiday at all.
Tomorrow, I will be celebrating the birth of Jesus with my family while consciously remembering that there are those around me who hold different beliefs about the meaning of this season. We are a nation of diverse peoples with a plethora of different religious and theological backgrounds, something that makes our country so unique and interesting, as well as an ideal habitation for those striving for tolerance. It’s okay to keep this tolerance alive by wishing someone a Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas (or for that matter abstaining from this notion entirely by just bidding someone a good day).
Not that I’m too worried about the folks at FDL being influenced by what people at Fox say or tell their viewers to do.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Merry Winter Solstice, Happy Kwanza, Happy Birthday, Happy…. end of 2010. Don’t be afraid to be politically correct — and culturally sensitive — it’s a good thing to do.