I cannot believe it is December already. Here we are on the first Writer’s Quote Wednesday of December and my quote focuses on holidays and whether we should say Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwanzaa or just Happy Holidays.
I stumbled upon this Dave Barry quote after seeing yet another post on Facebook suggesting that a Christmas party be called a holiday party so as not to exclude or offend anyone. This could be a topic of another post, but I will briefly state that I fall into the camp of say Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah if you want. I am opposed to creating one sanitized all-inclusive holiday greeting, although I do sometimes say Happy Holiday. I honestly believe most people will not be offended by holiday wishes no matter what form they come in and what holiday or holidays they personally observe.
Which side of the Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwanzaa or just Happy Holidays debate do you fall on? Do you get offended when someone wishes you a merry or happy holiday that you do not celebrate?
In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it ‘Christmas’ and went to church; the Jews called it ‘Hanukkah’ and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say ‘Merry Christmas!’ or ‘Happy Hanukkah!’ or (to the atheists) ‘Look out for the wall!”
Born: July 3, 1947, Armonk, New York
Occupation: Journalist, humorist, author
Spouses: Ann Shelnutt (early 1970s) Beth Lenox (1976–1993), Michelle Kaufman (1996 – present)
Children: Rob Barry (b. 1980), Sofia Barry (b. 2000)
The New York Times best-selling author of more than thirty books, Barry is a Pulitzer Prize winning American author and columnist, who wrote a nationally syndicated humor column for The Miami Herald from 1983 to 2005. A complete list of his work can be found on his website.
Image of Dave Barry is courtesy of author’s Facebook page.
Thanks to Colleen over at Silver Threading for facilitating this weekly community event.