Happy Hollandaise

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! ‘Tis the season when people argue over the semantics of saying, “Happy Holidays” over, “Merry Christmas” and holiday displays are fought over because they may or may not include a certain religion, theme, etc.

This is the time of year that O’Reilly and the hate-mongers at Fox wait for. It gives them enough fodder to declare a war on Christmas and make the primary focus of their news their self-proclaimed Jihad against anyone who may want to wish all people of all religions and backgrounds the most joyous of all seasons.

One example is with what has been going on over at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Christmas displays were taken down and then put back up today. I know that Bill O’Reilly is somewhere in his dark little cave just waiting to jump on the air tonight to claim victory in his little meaningless war.

But what is the real story over at the airport? If you look at one of the mainstream media outlets you would think that there were complaints and threats to sue, but the local newspaper mentions that it was a request to have a menorah and that the Rabbi did not want to see the trees taken down.

This is where Fox and the other mainstream media outlets come in. Take a simple request and make it seem like someone is trying to steal Christmas. Make some mischaracterizations of a Rabbi and you have a story. Why were the trees taken down? Because the airport authorities overreacted. Why couldn’t they display a menorah? Because as they put it, “the airport workers simply do not have the time to put one up.” I guess it doesn’t take very long to take down 14 trees and put them back up again. Yea sure, we see their point.

Stop the insanity everyone. The only people that this type of behavior benefits is the mainstream media who choose to make any attempt to put people of all backgrounds at odds with each other. But it’s more than that because as soon as every retail outlet changes from, “Happy Holidays” to, “Merry Christmas”, the next complaint you will hear is that Christmas is becoming too commercialized and everyone has lost the true meaning, whatever that may be.

I come from a Christian background and even though my family does not practice any form of Christianity, we still celebrate Christmas. Not as a religious holiday, but as a holiday where the family gets together and spends time together. We choose to celebrate the holiday that way and we do not judge those who may celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Diwali, Ramadan, or even Columbus Day. To each it’s own and if I forgot your holiday, my apologies but the happiest of holidays to you and yours.

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