Uber-Christian types are wanting to boycott Target because they've actively changed their ad slogans to say the non-religion-specific "Happy Holidays" instead of the more nationally reflective "Merry Christmas." I was all over Target the other night. I saw nothing pertaining to Ramadan or Kwanzaa, an endcap full of Hannukah things, and, no exaggeration, 12 rows full of Christmas stuff, not including the various Christmasy decorations all over the store. Clearly, while their ads say "Happy Holidays," their store says "Merry Christmas."
While I do feel that the uber-Christians are being a little sensitive about the Target thing, it still annoys me that people will take strictly Christmas-related items and attach the "Happy Holidays" greeting to it. Santa was driving a Benz in a commercial I saw the other day, and at the end, "Happy Holidays" flashed across the screen. Santa only celebrates one of those "holidays." Don't use Santa in a non-religion specific role.
Now, I realize, sad as it is, that Christmas is celebrated by people who are not Christian. (Which doesn't make a whole lot of sense to me. I know it's a national tradition, but why would someone who is not a Christian celebrate the birth of Christ?) However, I would certainly hope that people who DO celebrate Christmas and no other winter holiday would understand that it is a holiday for Christians. It's not just a consumer-driven present fest - it's a celebration of the birth of the man who died to pay for the sins of our fallen world. I guess people are just uncomfortable facing that fact, so it's all about the holidays.
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