Commentary: Holidays should be celebrated freely

It seems to me that more and more around this time of year you tend to hear “Happy Holidays” as opposed to “Merry Christmas.”

It almost feels like there is an affirmative action plan for all of the other religious holidays celebrated by the people of our country. Up until a few years in the past, before the nation went PC crazy, it was perfectly fine to wish someone a, “Merry Christmas,” however, now it is totally unacceptable and people are even sometimes corrected to say “Happy Holidays.” Even more so, you see fewer Christmas trees in public squares or even classrooms.

It is not my intention to insult those who celebrate other holidays because that is a part of their tradition. However, Christmas has been a tradition in this country since it was founded in the 17th Century.

I was appalled to learn that my little brother could not do a Secret Santa gift exchange at his school because it might offend people who do not celebrate Christmas. But personally, I am the one who is offended whenever I cannot wish someone a “Merry Christmas.” More people in this country celebrate Christmas than any other religious holiday during this time, yet we still find it necessary to construct a 20 foot menorah to balance having a Christmas tree.

I feel those of us who do celebrate Christmas should be respectful to those who do not and also keep in mind that they are proud of what they’re celebrating.

So as the nights grow colder and the snow begins to fall, remember to be proud of what you celebrate and wish someone a, “Merry Chrismahanukwanzakah.”

– Rob Morgan is a sophomore communications major.

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