Tuesday, December 22, 2009

I don't CARE if you say Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, or get out of my way!

I’m always dumbfounded at what causes some Christians choose to go to the mat fighting for their Lord. 

Like Christmas. Like getting mad at Wal-Mart for not saying Merry Christmas. Like wanting to BOYCOTT stores who won’t say “Merry Christmas” 

Hey I’m all for boycotting Wal-Mart. Boycott Wal-Mart for their anti-labor policies, crappy way they treat their employee, how they put companies out of business for refusing to pay a fair price for their goods, or the fact that they ruin small town business. 

 But not for not saying Merry Christmas.

Really? Frankly I would prefer that Wal-mart and ALL the merchandisers who see this holy time as profit making time would find another word for my religious holiday. 

 Please don’t wish me a Merry Christmas because I worship a different God than you. Or at least I should be worshiping a different God.

What is Christian about forcing others to acknowledge our religious observance? 

When did Jesus tell us to force everyone to celebrate his birth?

Christmas carols in school concerts? 

Well I just don’t get the controversy. I grew up in a school district with lots of Jewish kids. We never had to do anything in school on Jewish holidays because so many kids would be absent it wasn’t worth doing anything important. We sang Hanukah songs (and I still know all the words to a lot of them) AND Christmas songs. 

Why can’t we sing ALL of the cultural and religious songs of the season instead of vague songs about winter? 

 I live in Iowa. I don’t WANT to sing or hear songs about WINTER thank you very much. 

I think this so called war on Christmas is just laziness on the part of Christians. 

Much easier to write a letter to Wal-Mart complaining about their holiday greeting than to do something like, you know, feed the poor, clothe the naked, visit those in prison.


  1. Great post with lots of good points. I have to say though, that one line of it made me giggle: "I live in Iowa. I don’t WANT to sing or hear songs about WINTER thank you very much." My dad grew up in Iowa and most of his family still lives there. However, he and my mom gave up their space in the family plot because, as my mom said, "I don't EVER want to be that cold again."

  2. Great stuff as usual, Joelle. It's interesting that Christians are placing way too much energy in declaring the significance of Christmas/Jesus' birth when his birth was announced to the insignificant. Please excuse me while I go see how many followers I have on my Twitter account.

  3. yes, great, however:

    the town I grew up in had a lot of Jewish kids too. At the time we sang Christmas carols and Chanukah songs, and nobody seemed to mind (and I say this, because I had a fair amount of Jewish friends). Al Franken, who grew up in my town, also went on record once that he didn't mind Christmas programs with carols and Chanukah songs.

    Not that it's a big deal. There are lots of opportunities to sing Christmas carols if you GO TO CHURCH.

  4. I don't understand why that was a "however" because you basically said the same thing I did. (confused)