A ran into a friend the other night at a town event. As we were leaving, my friend said "Merry Christmas" and then realizing I'm Jewish tried to correct himself and said "Happy Hanukkah" which was actually more awkward. So, with that moment, I decided for me, it's perfectly ok to say "Merry Christmas". And you don't have to say "Happy Hanukkah" when the holiday was like three weeks ago; I actually find it more insulting (like Hanukkah and Christmas share something more besides a month). So, here's...
WHY ITS OK TO SAY MERRY CHRISTMAS TO AN AMERICAN JEW OR AT LEAST THIS JEW
- Everyone is in such a good mood that if someone is going to tell me to have a Merry day and they don't want to say Merry Tuesday than that's ok.
- I think we should say have a Merry day whenever possible
- I get cards from people I haven't seen in months and then with the picture cards I get to see how much cuter my kids are than your kids.
- Writing about cards, if I got cards in this kind of mass at Hanukkah or some other day maybe I'd take offense, but I don't. In America they come around Christmas.
- I get gifts from businesses this time of year. They don't send them at other times of year unless we did something spectacular. I like getting gifts no matter what the occasion.
- I send out business gifts or try to schedule end of year lunches. I like that.
- Business slows down between this week and after New Year. I work really, really hard so I like having some down time.
- I'm not going to convert because hundreds of people tell me Merry Christmas.
- Homes get decorated with crazy colors and that puts a smile on my face.
- Can we all stop being so politically correct?
Basically, I get gifts, cards, and people who I haven't seen in a while tell me to have a Merry Day. Yes it's Merry Christmas, but I'd rather take that then having someone flip me the bird or show their ignorance by wishing me to have a happy holiday when the holiday was three weeks ago.