The following letter is one I wrote that was printed in today's Detroit News in response to an article about Merry Christmas vs Happy Holidays.It's a neat little early Christmas gift:
How should holidays be celebrated?
Be specific about Christmas
For the most part, I agree with John O'Neill in his assessment of "Happy Holidays" versus "Merry Christmas" ("Happy holidays remains true to the actual spirit of Christmas," Nov. 28). However, what angers many people is not the voluntary use of those terms. It's when, for example, The News wishes its readers a "Happy Holidays" on Christmas Day instead of wishing them a "Merry Christmas." I would expect the papers to also wish their Jewish and Muslim readers a proper acknowledgment on their major holidays as well.
Calling a Christmas tree a "holiday tree" or (in the case of a national retailer) a "family tree" is also wrong. You don't call a Menorah a "holiday candle holder," right? In this age of all-inclusive, feel-good political correctness, it is OK to be an individual, too.
I am a traditionalist so I will say to anyone of my two or three readers "MERRY CHRISTMAS!"