The War On Christmas?

Gabriel Levi

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In the words of our president, Donald Trump, “There seems to be a witch hunt afoot.” Everywhere, people have started saying ‘Happy Holidays’ instead of ‘Merry Christmas’. Businesses noticed this change and made policy changes to fit current cultural norms. Department store worker, the CTA Holiday Train elves, even Hallmark card dealers, all say ‘Happy Holidays’ instead of ‘Merry Christmas’, or else they risk being fired for misconduct. The only group that seems to be upset about this paradigm shift is boomers. Their seasoned minds don’t react well to change, and they are left wondering ‘Why?’ This year, there was a major push for inclusivity by members of Gen Z, and switching to the phrase ‘Happy Holidays’ is a part of that agenda. The phrase is intended to include all holidays that take place during December, such as Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, not just Christmas. Some members of Gen Z are extremely passionate about making the phrase switch. Ari Karafiol, 20’, noted, “It’s important, because it’s important to be inclusive in the language we use! Stop assuming everyone is Christian!” While some are very passionate about the change, others have found a compromise that satisfies both sides of the argument. Aysia Locke, 18’, said, “I think you can say Merry Christmas if you know that’s what your friend celebrates.” Then there are a select few who simply don’t care. Claire Harris, 21’, stated, “I don’t think it matters for individuals, but schools, organizations, or other groups, should say happy holidays to be inclusive.” Whether you will be spinning a dreidel, lighting the 7 candles of Kwanzaa, or unwrapping a brand new toy, or none at all, I am wishing you a very joyful holiday season. Happy Holidays everyone!