Joyful Secularized Pseudo-religious Holidays!

December 20th, 2007 by Chris

So I had a sort-of tongue in cheek conversation with a colleague at work who will not be taking off work for Christmas. We’re in the middle of a crunch as usual so I mentioned to her how useful it was to have “… a mix of cultures on a team to diversify against secularized pseudo religious holidays. ;)”.

She was amused by my loaded fake-political correctness. I thought I’d share my response.

To my family Christmas is a religious holiday (presents are good too!), but in our free society it’s unacceptable for businesses to cater to the needs of any particular religious belief, right? I think this is both fair and appropriate. So why is it that the 24th and 25th are holidays in the US (and at Sensis)? Well it must be because the non-Christian/secular world figures “why fight a holiday” and takes the days off. I suppose at one time (perhaps even now) active practicing Christians were the majority in the US. Now “Christian” has been hijacked by the conservative-fundamentalist-Jerry Falwell-red-state-wack-jobs and I’m almost ashamed to admit my affiliation.

In any case, please don’t be offended if I wish you a Merry Christmas. I don’t mean to imply that you have to celebrate Christmas, but that I am and I want all to share the joy of the day.

So Merry Christmas.

4 Responses to “Joyful Secularized Pseudo-religious Holidays!”

  1. B.Ruhsam Says:

    I like the two new xmas-themed orbiting objects (that I’ve seen).

  2. Heidi Says:

    I agree. I understand the “legal” need for many in retail and business circles to wish people “Happy Holidays.” But, that shouldn’t take away my Merry Christmas wishes to everyone. In other words, I completely respect that others have differing beliefs and that not everyone celebrates what I celebrate. But, I don’t want anyone else criticizing me for holding onto and openly celebrating my own holiday.

    And … ditto on the cringiness of being associated with the red-state-wack-jobs!

  3. Lisa Says:

    I think Christmas has become more of an American-culture institution than a religious holiday in most people’s minds. I know a lot of people who are atheist, agnostic, Hindi, etc. who celebrate Christmas with a tree and presents.

    I’m not sure what I think about the Merry Christmas thing. It certainly rolls off my tongue without thinking about it most of the time. But, I wouldn’t say it to my Jewish or Muslim colleagues, so sometimes I wonder why I don’t hesitate to say it to someone that, for all I know, is Jewish or Muslim. I don’t know if it’s so much about worrying that I might offend them as thinking that it doesn’t reflect the open-minded person that I believe myself to be.

    And, double ditto on the hijacking of Christianity by those Falwell-style wack-jobs!

  4. Chris Says:

    @ B.Ruhsam: Thanks! There are three now. I’m especially happy with how the blinking lights turned out. Subtle yet festive I think. (You’re almost always the first to notice… or at least the first to comment!)