Sunday, December 23, 2007

Merry Christmas and the PC Crowd 

Being the holiday season, we have been "out and about" at stores and restaurants for the last couple of weeks.. We decided to wish servers, clerks, etc. "Merry Christmas" instead of the politically acceptable "Happy Holidays."

The response has been overwhelmingly positive. Every recipient has responded with "Merry Christmas to you, too. " One may conclude they feel safe saying it since sometimes, note sometimes, we say it first. However, I have encountered a number of service people who are saying "Merry Christmas" before I do. Could there be a little backlash occurring?

One server at a national restaurant chain shared the following with us. She said the servers had a discussion to decide what to say. They all concluded that they were going to say "Merry Christmas" and the result was that very, very, very few customers objected.

One may or may not be Christian but face it, this is a happy time of year. It does us well to remind ourselves that we have a history of celebrating Christmas. Let's keep it.