It's OK to Say Merry Christmas

Political correctness during the holidays goes a little too far

By Edie J. Herons
Published on LatinoLA: December 4, 2002

It's OK to Say Merry Christmas

Tonight I attended the lighting of downtown LA's "official holiday tree."

To use a very common phrase of our day, I was ?deeply offended? to hear everyone refer to it as a holiday tree, rather than what it really is ? A CHRISTMAS TREE.

You might be surprised to know that I am Jewish, and not just a secular Jew, but a practicing one. I attend services regularly, and I do my best to honor my religion. The thing that bothers me about people being so darn politically correct, is that they cannot even utter the word "Christmas." They have no clue as to what is offensive to others.

The nerve of some people! Do they really think we non-Christians are so fragile, that they need to protect us to that extent?

Besides, since the thing is not a Hannukah Bush or a Kwanzaa Fern, then what holiday does it exactly represent?

I am not offended if someone wishes me a Merry Christmas. Even if they know I am Jewish! To me. that simply says that they like me enough to want to share their holiday with me. I would be deeply touched if someone wished me a Happy Kwanzaa.

What is wrong with Christmas any way? Isn?t it supposed to represent peace, love, and goodwill? We all could use some of that.

And as far as Santa Claus, you can do what a friend of mine suggests, and simply tell your kids that this is not our holiday representative. Or, you could do what my dear, wise mother did when I was a child. Having been raised in Mexico, a country not exactly known for its Jewish population -- although there?s more than one Jewish family there?.take my word for it -- I was exposed to holiday?.I mean, Christmas trees, and of course Santa.

Mom explained that Santa was a very generous man, who took it upon himself to reward good little boys and girls on the kid?s special holiday. So good ol? Kris (Kringleman in my case) delivered my Hannukah presents!

If you celebrate Christmas, please do not be afraid of offending anyone by saying the word. If you don?t celebrate, chill out and don?t be offended. There are worse things people can say to you than "Merry Christmas."

As I lit the Hannukah lights tonight, I prayed that their light would reach the ?enlightened,? and help them see beyond their own limitations, and let people enjoy the magic of the season.

And please, don?t change the name of the Hannukiah to ?holiday candle holder?.

Happy Hannukah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwansa, and Feliz Navidad!

About Edie J. Herons:
Edie J. Herons is a writer and a comedian who lives in Inglewood, California.

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