This is from Erick Erickson:
I noticed this too. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I go out of my way to wish everyone a Merry Christmas -- particularly those who chime in first with "Happy Holidays." AND, I never wish anyone a Happy (or Crazy or Phat) Kwanzaa. In fact, I do not recognize Kwanzaa as an official holiday.He links to Glenn Reynolds, who links to James Lileks, who writes:
Any holiday made up in jail by a race baiting criminal as a way to celebrate the ethic-self of black Americans is not a legitimate holiday. It's like the Jehovahs Witnesses of holidays. Except, unlike the JW's (a Made in America religion) Kwanzaa (a Made in post 60's America holiday) gets treated legitimately by the MSM because it celebrates the antithesis of white America and gives the MSM an excuse to ignore Christmas, the second most important holiday to Christians (notice how Easter is altogether ignored by the MSM).
Maybe it's just me. Perhaps I'm overly sensitive. But when I wish a store clerk "Merry Christmas!" they often appear stunned and flummoxed for a moment, as if I've just blabbed the plans for the underground's sabotage of the train tracks in front of the secret police. I've said something highly inappropriate for the public square, and I almost expect a security guard to take me aside on the way out. . . .We're a diverse nation in which people who share the beliefs of the majority are expected not only to respect the various minority beliefs – which is a fine thing, no prob – but are also expected to feel guilty about not sharing these other beliefs.
I don't get it. There's this peculiar fear of Christmas that seems to get stronger every year, as if it's the season that dare not speak its name. Check out the U.S. Postal Service Web site: two different stamps for Kwanzaa. One for Eid, two for Hanukkah. Two for non-sectarian "Holiday," with pictures of Santa, reindeer, ornaments, that sort of thing. One for the Chinese New Year. One for those religiously inclined -- it features a Madonna and Child. But the Web site calls it "Holiday Traditional." The word "Christmas" doesn't appear on the site's description of the stamps. Eid, yes. Hanukkah, yes. Kwanzaa, yes. Christmas? No. It's Holiday Traditional.
And a certain segment of our more intelligent class also feels guilt for their intelligence, in that they should use it in an enlightened way. Enlightenment, they reason, cannot come from hayseeds, so they must look to Europe. And European intellectuals have surpassed Jesus Christ.
This is folly. Nothing can surpass Jesus Christ or His nature, but we're dealing here with human beliefs.
The world has become a hayseed while it thinks it is escaping.
Merry X-mas! X is the Greek letter Chi, which is the abbreviated "Christos," which stands for Christ. The early church would substitute Chi for Christ, giving them X-mas as Christmas. Merry X-mas is Merry Christmas, so the joke is on those who wanted to use the term to take Christ out of His birthday.
To those of your celebrating other religious holidays at this time of year, folks, the lamp burned for eight days 'til the new consecrated oil arrived. Yes, I believe in Chanukah.
I'm not sure what to believe in for Kwanzaa.
Ouch - "race baiting criminal"?? You certainly have the right to say whatever the hell you want, but I have the right to say that making comments like that detracts from what you have to say and your own argument and makes you sound just plain racist - which is of course your right to be if that is what you want - but is it?