As someone who has been in the broadcasting business for over 20 years, I’ve noticed a trend each year with my callers. During the four fast weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I sense your hesitation about whether you should greet me by saying “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays.”
I see and appreciate your concern, which is why I wanted to clear the air. I, too, am often faced with the choice of remaining politically correct, or stating what I truly think and feel. It’s just the modern world that we all live in. And while I’m grateful for recent trends that cause people to consider how their words and actions affect others, I also deeply value our culture’s sacred traditions - Christmas being just one of them.
When you call my show during the holiday season, I will tell you "Merry Christmas," not "Happy Holidays." And when you call, please know that it’s OK to say "Merry Christmas" to me as well. While we may celebrate a wide variety of beliefs as a community, I personally celebrate the Christmas holiday.
Whether you greet me by saying “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays,” it's OK. I love speaking with all of my listeners. What I don’t want, however, is for anyone to feel that they can’t, or shouldn’t, say Merry Christmas when they call. Even more, I don’t want to offend anyone when I say Merry Christmas to them. No one should feel left out.
The phrase "Merry Christmas" has been scrutinized for political correctness over the past several years, causing tension on both sides. In the process, many have been distracted by the rhetoric, rather than hearing the sincerity and meaning behind the actual message. I say "Merry Christmas" because I am celebrating Christ, a man who stood for peace and kindness, integrity and love. These are qualities I hope to see more of in the world. Qualities everyone can get behind.
Even beyond that, the Christmas holiday has become more than just a time to celebrate Christ’s birth. It is a state of mind, a special spirit. It's during this time each year that we turn our thoughts toward others, we give of our time and resources, we lend a helping hand. And regardless of race, religion and cultural background, these are all values we share.
So, if you agree that there is a deeper meaning behind the phrase "Merry Christmas," then I invite you to share this post. Between now and Christmas, set this badge as the profile picture on your social accounts and link back to this article. Doing this will let others know exactly where you stand.
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