At two ‘thank you’ rallies in Wisconsin and Michigan respectively, president-elect Donald Trump told his supporters that America should start “say[ing] Merry Christmas again.”
Just like his conservative supporters, Trump has often claimed progressives are waging a war on Christmas for politically correct reasons. On the campaign trail, he noted there is a tremendous pressure on Christian Americans to replace ‘Merry Christmas’ with ‘Happy Holidays,’ ‘Season’s Greetings,’ ‘Merry Xmas,’ and other non-offensive greetings.
Some inclusion advocates go as far as to ask from season’s well-wishers to use ‘Happy Federal Holiday’ instead. While in some parts of the country, the Christmas Tree was rebranded as a Holiday Tree.
We’re gonna start saying ‘Merry Christmas’ again,
U.S. president-elect said in Michigan.
He added that there are many department stores that celebrate Christmas with red walls, bells, and snow but they lack ‘Merry Christmas.’ Trump thinks they should “start putting up ‘Merry Christmas’” again.
Putting Christ Back into Xmas
Earlier this month, Trump’s former campaign manager told reporters that PEOTUS is bent to stick to his campaign promise to make very store replace ‘Happy Holidays’ with ‘Merry Christmas.’ Trump one criticized Starbucks because its holiday cups were not reflecting the spirit of the holiday. His remarks are backed by a huge social media controversy that is ongoing for two years in a row.
Furthermore, according to a last year survey, 65 percent of Americans said they want to be free to use ‘Merry Christmas’ instead of ‘Merry Xmas’ or ‘Happy Holidays’ during the winter season. By contrast, just 25 percent of respondents said they would rather use ‘Happy Holidays’ or other secular alternatives.
Progressives, on the other hand, argue that businesses opt for more neutral phrases in order to welcome more customers. They claim using ‘Happy Holidays’ is a pro-business move not an anti-Christmas one.
Yet, with over 70% of Americans belonging to the Christian faith, the practice could alienate the bulk of customers.
However, progressives say we should welcome all cultures and religions as America has recently become more culturally and religiously diverse. For instance, during this month, Christians are not the only ones who have a reason to celebrate.
Progressives’ Holiday Etiquette
Jews celebrate Hannukkah, African Americans celebrate Kwanzaa, pagans observe the Winter Solstice while atheists have a new celebration dubbed HumanLight. So, inclusion advocates believe all Christians should make these people feel welcome by using a basic etiquette.
According to the etiquette, you greet a Christian with ‘Merry Christmas,’ a Jew with ‘Happy Hanukkah’ and so on. If it’s the month of Ramadan, one should greet their Muslim friends with ‘Ramadan Mubarak’ out of courtesy and respect, progressives say.
Meanwhile, not all countries are so inclusive. Turkey, for instance, canceled the traditional Christmas celebrations in an elite school funded by the German government. According to a leaked email, the high school told staffers that they cannot even mention Christmas on the school’s grounds. German authorities deemed the move “completely unacceptable.”
The Christian Democratic Union criticized Ankara for interfering with what those teachers teach when Germany is paying for their salaries. Several lawmakers said they think the ban on Christmas stems from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s efforts to making his country more Islamic.
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