"Making America Great Again" - for Christmas
Has Trump helped make it OK to say “Merry Christmas” again?
By Ric Wasley
December 18, 2017
Has Trump succeeded in making it OK to say, “Merry Christmas” again?
I’m going to show my age here, because I remember all the way back to those olden days when almost everyone walked around during the Christmas season with a smile on their face and the words “Merry Christmas”, on their lips.
Now I may have been young and naive, but I don’t remember anyone being offended by being greeted with a smile and that iconic seasonal greeting. In fact, I never knew anyone who considered any such friendly holiday greeting to be presumptive or exclusionary. For instance, several of my Jewish friends would greet me with "Merry Christmas,” to which I would reply, “Happy Hanukkah.”
The warmth of a heartfelt greeting was simply the traditional expression of goodwill that made most people feel good back then.
However, as time wore on and on, the tail of political correctness began to wag the dog of society, and some began to worry about what would happen when you didn’t know someone's religion or preference?
Ah, there’s the rub - and there’s the difference between then and now.
Back then we assumed that the person with the smile and the “Merry Christmas” on their lips, meant you well and was sharing their joy of the spirit of the season - which was simply, "Peace on Earth and Goodwill to all."
Then Leftists decided that they could use the traditional greeting as another potential club to beat down the average person by telling them they were being 'insensitive' - furthering their own religion of control under the guise of political correctness. Before we knew it, wishing someone the joy of the Christmas spirit had become not only a social or quasi-legal faux-pas that could result in social ostracism at best, but fines and firing at worst!
What a sad outcome. No one, not even Liberals, if you could actually get them to answer truthfully, would contend that someone wishing you a “Merry Christmas” was doing it with malice or with anything but love and goodwill in their hearts. Like almost everything else designed by the PC police, many people became apprehensive about wishing anyone but closest family and friends a Merry Christmas.
Then came Trump - and with his typical brash style let it be known that he was not cowed and that there was nothing wrong in expressing your love of the season and the special warmth that it brings out.
Therefore shouldn’t we feel happy about sharing our feelings of goodwill this season and go back to the time-honored greeting of "Merry Christmas" during this joyous time of year?
After all, even Scrooge ultimately found his measure of joy and peace with a good old-fashioned "Merry Christmas," so let's follow the example of Tiny Tim whose Christmas wish was, “God Bless us Everyone.”
And a very Merry Christmas!
Ric Wasley is a writer and lecturer, as well as the author of the popular McCarthy Mystery Series. Ric has had a 40 year professional career history in advertising, publishing and marketing in Boston, New York and San Francisco. He has degrees in history and psychology and has been trained in debating, public speaking and stage acting. A large part of his 40 year career was spent in numerous professional and business settings as a presenter and featured speaker at seminars and professional meetings. Ric has been a visiting professor at Worcester Polytech Institute. He also teaches a popular course on marketing for authors at prominent venues such as the venerable “Cape Cod Writers Conference.”
Wasley has been involved in both print and broadcast media as well as writing for business and commercial markets for over 30 years and continues to consult for a major media company. In addition to his novels and short stories, he has been published in several literary magazines. Wasley currently divides his time between Boston and his home on Cape Cod where he continues to write, lecture and create worlds where the unexpected thrives.