Lately, YJDKIY has been hearing a lot of conversation, er, gripe, about the greeting of choice during this holiday season. Merry Christmas? Happy Holidays? Season's Greetings? Which is it? Which is more politically correct, which is more religious, etc. etc. etc.
(CNN) -- Americans are in a war that pits the politically correct against Christmas carolers, some say. They say it's a battle that plays out in the halls of Congress, retail stores and public schools across the country, and it's one that's been raging for years.
Republican Rep. Henry Brown of South Carolina introduced a resolution this month asking that the House express support for the use of Christmas symbols and traditions and frown on any attempt to ban references to the holiday.
"Each year, I could see a diminishing value of the spiritual part of Christmas," Brown said. "It would seem like another group would go from the Christmas spirit to the holiday spirit."
I'm sure you have your own thoughts on which it should be. But YJDKIY is tired of being looked at condescendingly for saying Happy Holidays! I'm not trying to be politically correct or anti-Christian. When I say Happy Holidays, I simply mean best wishes for Christmas, New Years and whatever other holidays and traditions you choose to celebrate before I see you again. GET OVER IT and just be merry AND happy, which is the whole point of what we're saying anyway, isn't it?
The Christmas season, the holiday season[note 1], or simply the holidays is an annual festive period that surrounds the Christmas holiday and other holidays. It is sometimes synonymous with the winter season, and is usually said to occur between late November and early January. Traditionally, the only holidays included in the "season" were Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day (in some countries), New Year's Eve, New Year's Day and Epiphany. In recent times, this definition has begun to expand to include Yule, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Due to the phenomenon of Christmas creep and the informal inclusion of American Thanksgiving, the "winter" holiday season has begun to extend into late autumn, which may include the holidays of ThanksgivingHalloween. (Wikipedia)
In fact, the following are ALL observed from late November to early January. So THERE!
11/17 - World Peace Day
4th Thursday - Thanksgiving
12/1 - World AIDS Day
8 Days/Nights - Hanukkah
12/7 - Pearl Harbor Day
12/15 - Bill of Rights Day
12/18 - Islamic New Year (just in 2009)
12/21 - Yule
12/22 - Winter Solstice
12/24 - Christmas Eve and Eggnog Day
12/25 - Christmas Day
12/26 - Boxing Day, Kwanza Begins through 1/1
12/31- New Year's Eve
1/1 - New Year's Day
1/2 - Science Fiction Day
1/3 - Festival of Sleep Day