Is “Merry Christmas” a thing of the past, a greeting from a bygone era, a remnant of a past with which we no longer want to be associated? We might not be there yet, but if current trends continue, we’re not far off.
If so, it’s a shame, a further coarsening of the culture—and worse. It is yet another example of the removal of religion, specifically Christianity, from a country that has long been the most religious major industrialized democracy in the world.
Proponents of “Happy Holidays” argue that this is no big deal. They say the advocates of saying “Merry Christmas” are making a mountain out of a molehill. There is no “war on Christmas,” they say.
But the “Happy Holidays” advocates want it both ways. They dismiss promoters of “Merry Christmas” as hysterical while simultaneously replacing “Merry Christmas” with “Happy Holidays,” “Christmas vacation” with “winter vacation,” and “Christmas party” with “holiday party.”