Rosa's World

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas?

Hi There!

Some of you may have noticed the bru-ha-ha on the media in the past few years about how you're now greeted at stores and in public areas with a "Happy Holiday" rather than a "Merry Christmas.

Apparently, somebody or somebodies mentioned that they were offended with the employees' "Merry Christmas" and, just like Chicken Little who thought the sky was falling, merchants went into panic mode and now their employees must greet us with the non-offending "Happy Holidays".

Mind you, I live in a small city but not ONCE have I ever offended anyone with my cheerful "Merry Christmas", while I'm shopping.

If I were to visit Jewish friends, I certainly would NOT be offended if they wished me Happy Hanukkah nor would I be insulted if I were not offered any food while visiting my Muslim friends during Ramadan.  I try to understand and accept.  To each his or her own, right?

Now... here's my rant.

If... and this is a big IF... this is true.... that there are people out there that are offended with the "Merry Christmas".... and they've asked the stores to stop saying it.... 

Then WHY are there still Christmas decorations all over the darn stores?!?!??!?

Oh... and let's not forget ALL the Christmas music blaring throughout the stores.... in hopes that it puts the customers in a "Christmas Spirit".... AKA open up your wallet and buy, buy, BUY!

If the merchants are so worried about offending people, then why have the Christmas decorations and Christmas music remained?

Because they understand marketing.

That's why.

And, on that note, I will wish you all a "Merry Christmas"!!!

A gal who happens to LOVE Christmas decorations and Christmas music.


CynF said...

YAY!!!!! Well said, Rosa.
Ditto for me too. It's more about the pocket book/wallet than Christmas anyway.

Elly D said...

I couldn't have written better! You make some very good points here.

Merry Christmas to you too!!