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Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Middle English Christemasse, from Old English Cristes mæsse, literally, Christ's mass

The title of my post is a direct quote from Merriam-Webster's dictionary.

I am still being bothered by the rhetoric of many concerning the use (or lack of use) of the word/term Christmas in advertising, every day verbage, on TV, etc.

I am still being horrified by the response of some towards Christians. Saying that Christians are non-tolerant.

Why do not they not see other religions as they really are?

Christians are the most tolerant of them all.

How about the Muslims or the Islamics?

How about the new laws in Iran? Is that tolerance?

I have spent some time reading about it all this evening.

Ran across a Marshall Fields 'promo' about their "holiday stuff" and spent some time on their website.

They do not mention the word Christmas at all. (At least I can't find it.) Not even in conjunction with the events they are having with Santa Claus.

How about this terminology:

Gift Giving Week

Do you think it will catch on?

I won't buy anything with Marshall Fields name on it.

Do you 'bots' hear me?

I am not supporting anyone who doesn't support Christians and Christianity.


By the way...

Here are some new poll results that could prove promising:

The poll says ... Merry Christmas!

By Michelle Healy, USA TODAY

If you think greetings such as "Happy Holidays" or "Season's Greetings" are poor substitutes for "Merry Christmas," you've got company.
A USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll taken Friday through Sunday finds that 69% of adults surveyed say "Merry Christmas" is the greeting they most likely would use this time of year when first meeting someone. That's up from 56% in 2004. Only 29% would opt for "Happy Holidays," down from 41% in 2004.

The "Merry Christmas" preference appears to cross religious boundaries, including non-Christians and respondents who say they have no religious affiliations.

Perhaps that's no surprise, given well-publicized concerns that references to Christmas are being diluted in American society, from town celebrations to shopping malls. Fresh debate was prompted by the holiday greeting card sent by President Bush "with no explicit reference to this as the holy time of Christmas," noted Janet Davis, head of American studies at the University of Texas-Austin.

The issue is so heated that Wal-Mart faced a brief boycott threat until it issued a denial that it bars employees from wishing customers "Merry Christmas."

A solid majority of 61% denounce the move to use generic wording. Just 28% call it a change for the better. Last year, 44% called the generic trend — considered by some as more inclusive of the growing number of non-Christians — a change for the better; 43% said it wasn't.

The shift "speaks to both the power of the vocal, religious conservative movement as well as the somberness of the season," Davis says. "Given the situation in Iraq and the aftermath of Katrina, 'Happy Holidays' may ring a bit false" for many Americans.

The telephone survey of 1,000 adults has an error margin of plus/minus 3 percentage points.

Merry Christmas!


Blogger Moof said...

I can feel your frustration, T.J. ... I don't understand why people can't see that the more "inclusive" they try to make things seem, that the more "exclusive" everything is becoming.

We've gone over the "deep end" of political correctness into some never-never land where people look for reasons to be offended, and where the majority play the fool for the minority behind all of the silliness.

Time to dig our heels in ...

December 21, 2005 8:42 AM  
Blogger It's me, T.J. said...

Yep... and I'm ready.


December 21, 2005 1:21 PM  

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