A Heartfelt Merry Christmas

Not to get all Grinchy here on Christmas morning, but one thing really frosts my butt:  “Happy Holidays!”

This is not the “holiday season.”  It’s Christmas.

For millennia Hanukkah, Chanukah, or however you spell it, was a minor holiday on the Jewish calendar.  It’s been elevated to an absurd position of importance  in America — kind of like English-Americans celebrating King George’s birthday right around the 4th of July, because, well, why not?

Besides, Chanukka — even at 8 days long — is long gone by the time Christmas rolls around.

And don’t get me started on Kwanzaa.  I’ve got a lot of some a few black friends, and they all celebrate Christmas.

This is Christmastime.  The Christmas season.

And today is Christmas.

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good yontiff.


13 responses to “A Heartfelt Merry Christmas

  1. Well, no, Hannukah is long gone this year, but next year it’s right at Christmas. And while I don’t mind someone saying Merry Christmas to me now and then, if would certainly irritating to hear it all day long. Only Christians think Christmas is a secular holiday.

    • I agree! I don’t celebrate Christmas so think wishing someone happy holidays or happy everything is a bit moe inclusive. How would others feel if I wished them a happy new year in September for Rosh Hashanah? Just doesn’t pertain to you.

  2. Jo Ann Davidson

    Merry Christmas, Dan. I will be reading aloud your “Rhyme and Reason of Westport’s Holiday Season” at Christmas brunch. I used to like all those rhyming local names, though.

  3. Thank you for the Merry Christmas!

    If you don’t mind, between writing, blogging, teaching, coaching, etc., please also consider running for political office asap!

  4. Maureen Whiteman & Lawrence Zlatkin

    Merry/Happy Christmas + Happy New Year = Happy Holidays

  5. Dan,

    Recently, for probably the zillionteenth time, I tried to explain to a Christian friend how “..a minor holiday on the Jewish calendar”, Chanukah (with or without a(n) H) came to be such a Big Deal in America. I’ll be brief.

    After The War (that would be WW ll) , American Jewry raised its collective head and screamed “Enough Already With Christmas!”. Enough with our kids screaming and crying for presents and trees with ornaments and singing songs about the Baby Jesus. The crisis really hit its peak with the advent of television advertising.

    So, we Jews, being resourceful, creative and tired of being oppressed from every corner of the Earth, particularly with the then recently revealed Holocaust in our minds, found this little heralded holiday in The Book of Meshugge Jewish Holidays.

    Oy! we said. It was here all along and we missed it. We’ll use this little tiny fable about oil burning for 8 days in The Temple and we’ll outdo the Goyim and give gelt and toys not one day, but eight. It’s a mitzvah, we cried. No longer will our little Sammy and Golda go without their own presents.

    And in a fabulous economic twist Chanukah (or Hanukah) would certainly increase business for all of the Jewish merchants like the Abrahams & the Strausses and the Bloomingdales and oh so many others.

    This Chanukah will be a blessing for all. And so it came pass in America. Of course the Israelis think we’re crazy.

    And to all a good night.

  6. Enjoy the Norse Yule solstice celebrations!

    Remember, if you don’t believe in Santa, there’ll be no presents.

    Merry Happy everything to all!

  7. this has needed to be said for the longest time….. thank you so much for saying what has been on all of our minds for ever!

  8. THANK YOU!
    I cannot stand this “happy holidays” thing that has recently sprung up. If I say “Merry Christmas” to you and you do not celebrate Christmas, I’m neither trying to push my religion upon you nor attempting to hurt your feelings. I’m merely being festive!
    Bravo for recognizing this.

  9. Feliz Navidad. Oh, sorry, don’t get me started.

  10. I too hate Happy Holidays because it is meaningless. I wish Jewish friend Happy Hanukkah when it being celebrated and Merry Christmas to friends around December 25th, and if I don’t know what holiday (if any) someone celebrates, I simply ask them. I am not pushing Christianity on someone if I send a card saying Merry Christmas (since that is what I celebrate). I’m glad to acknowledge your holiday and hope you won’t mind my celebrating my holiday too.

  11. Merry Christmas to you, Dan, and thank you.