While riding the Los Angeles Red Line earlier this week, I happened upon this brochure — someone crossed out the word “Holiday” and replaced it with a hand written “Christmas,” which actually makes sense in context.

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Unfortunately, the ongoing battle of “Merry Christmas” vs. “Happy Holidays” never seems to go away.

I don’t care what you call it — “Christmas,” “Holiday” or “Leopard Tights Day.” I say, “Happy Holidays” because not everyone celebrates Christmas. On Christmas Day, I’ll say “Merry Christmas” because, well, it’s Christmas. The point is this:¬†However you personally refer to this time of year does not change what it means to me or anyone else. On December 25th, I’m not obligated to work, so I can spend time with those I hold closest within my physical proximity, and I can call those who are too far away for a personal visit. It’s a time of year to remember we’re all human beings living together on this planet, and when it comes down to it, none of us are really all that different from one another. What matters is how we treat each other as people — both those we know and total strangers. Everything else is superfluous. To trivialize this season over a proper noun is silly and clouds the message of coming together as humans.

So Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and… whatever else!

If this makes you upset for any reason, what the heck, dude — it’s the most wonderful time of the year!

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