It’s Merry Christmas, Not Happy Holidays

Merry Chrismas Ya Filthy Animal - Home Alone

I just need to go on a mini holiday rant right now. I know I’m such a Scrooge but I just need to get something off my chest.

Every December, I always have at least one or two people share a photo of Santa Claus and a Christmas tree with the words “It’s Merry Christmas, NOT Happy Holidays” plastered on it. (And of course the word “not” is in all caps so the creator of the image can really get his point across.) I cannot help but laugh every time it comes across my news feed. It makes me want to immediately go to the person’s page and wish them Happy Holidays! Or at least comment on the photo saying, “Really? Who cares?!”

I just do not get the whole Merry Christmas, not happy holidays thing. Have these people not heard of Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year’s? These are all holidays happening this December (technically January for New Year’s but we all know people only care about the Eve). That’s why it’s called the HOLIDAY season. It’s not some personal attack on your precious HOLIDAY! See! Christmas is a holiday. So wishing you a Happy Holiday isn’t even incorrect.

Just because Christmas is the most prominent holiday, with it being shoved down our throats before we’ve even had a chance to take off our Halloween costumes off, doesn’t make it the ONLY holiday.


I am sure these are the same people who believe in the fictitious war on Christmas.

ABC Family’s 25 Days of Christmas, Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting, Santa Claus closing the show at the Thanksgiving Day Parade. Those are just a few events off the top of my head that showcase your precious Christmas. Acknowledging the existence of other holidays doesn’t take anything away from Christmas. It’s simply stating a face. This is the holiday season cause there are a ton of holidays happening this month.

Let me say that I have no tolerance for complaining on either sides. If you celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, another December holiday, or skip the festivities entirely but get annoyed and complain when a cashier wishes you a Merry Christmas, you have entirely too much time on your hands. A cashier could wish me a Happy Festivus and do you know what I would do? Say, “Thanks, you too,” take my packages, and be on my merry way. Why? Because it does not matter! It genuinely does not matter what greeting a cashier chooses to use when they are just trying to be nice. It does not matter what type of wording a store manager chooses to use in signage or decorations in their store. It. Does. Not. Matter.

If you find yourself wanting to cause a storm cause a banner at the supermarket says “Happy Holidays” or if you want to speak to a manager because a cashier wished you a Merry Christmas, I need you to do something for me.Ā I need you to go home, drink some tea, sit down, and reevaluate all of your life choices. Because clearly somewhere along the way things got messed up.

And I hope you have a wonderful holiday!




  1. I was with you until you called him Santa Claus – It’s Father Christmas goddam it!

    Sorry – the Brit in me took over again. I totally agree people need to calm down. Love this post as always!

    Have happy Holiday! xxx

  2. I used to get so offended when people wished me Merry Christmas. I’d wish them a Happy Hanukkah back. But yes, it is silly (and I confess to being slightly mislead by your title there. I thought, “Hmm, that doesn’t sound like the Liz I know…”).

    “Holidays” means “holy days” anyway. And Jesus wasn’t even born on December 25th.

    1. Haha, I knew the title would be misleading. And it actually makes more sense to get offended by someone telling you Merry Christmas versus Happy Holidays. Happy Holidays is neutral and you’re not making any kind of assumption about the person’s religion. But in the grand scheme of things, it’s not a big deal no matter how you look at it.

  3. Here, here sista! I couldn’t agree more! This time of year isn’t just about Christmas–it’s also about Kwanza, and Hanukah and I’ll even throw in New Year’s (even though it’s technically not a religious holiday). But more importantly, it’s about cheer and goodwill and spending time with your friends and family. Who really cares what anyone says or the way in which they say it. What matters is that they are wishing you a “happy/merry” something or other which is super nice and thoughtful. So have a very happy merry Christmakwanukah!

    1. Haha, if I were a cashier during the holidays (which I was twice while in college and it’s hell!), I’d start wishing everyone a Merry Christmakwanukah just to really confuse them.

  4. At first I was like, “Oh no, not another Christmas word lover! Then I was happy with the twist.” I feel ya girl. It’s selfish to say Merry Christmas. I only say Merry Christmas to people who are celebrating the holiday with me, aka my fam.

  5. Ugh seriously! I saw a pretty cool thing from uCatholic, I think, saying, “If you want to put the Christ back in Christmas, the go feed the hungry, give to the poor, etc.” I thought that was really awesome. As a Christian, that’s what I think it’s SUPPOSED to be about anyway… ya know, celebrating Jesus by doing the stuff he told us to do? Not being asshats about what word we use in a vain greeting (or whatever those departing comments are called). I facepalm whenever I witness somebody get their panties in a twist over such things. Thankfully, I think most people do. Well, I hope so anyway. :/

    1. Sorry if ^^ that ^^ was a little Christmas-centric btw. I was just saying that people should get with the spirit of it, not trip on words. Same thing for Hanukkah, etc. because none of those holidays are about being asshats either. šŸ˜›

  6. No one got this uppity over Season’s Greetings. People will enjoy their days off from work due to Holidays they don’t celebrate, but be damned should they not get “Merry Christmas” in December.

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