Around the holiday season, I am pretty much known for my ruther "Bah Humbug" attitude toward the whole general process. But this year, I tried to be a bit different. I actually encouraged my wife to get a new (prelit artificial) tree (artificial because she is alergic to the real tree). I even put out yard decorations for the first time in a very long time. But what struck me to post this comment was this. One of the yard decorations is an inflatable snowman that holds a banner. Now in the box came 3 different banners. One was "Season's Greetings", another was "Happy Holidays" and yet another was "Merry Christmas". I find this odd considering the clamor being made across the country regarding the use of Season's Greetings that the commercial stores (aka Walmart) are using. It seems to me, considering how there are multiple religons, "Happy Holidays" pretty much covered all the bases thru New Year. So what's all the grief about? Perhaps it's just me, but it just seems that if folks spent a bit more time concentrating on teaching the appropiate moral behavior to their children instead of trying to dictate to me what greeting is appropiate for the holidays, perhaps we would actually be able to reduce the violence we see amongst the younger (under 18) kids of today. Seems folks love to talk about tolerance for other viewpoints, but I seldom see it actually practiced.
Perhaps it's just me, and who knows, I may even be wrong. But I would like to think that when I tell someone "Happy Holidays", I am respecting that individual's right to enjoy the current season in a manner that they find is appropiate for themselves.
Happy Holidays to you all