The Wish Me A Merry Christmas Campaign is trying to get Christians to wear buttons reading “It’s OK, Wish Me A Merry Christmas” when shopping this holiday season.
A letter they ask Christians to give to store managers also lists the following statistics (PDF):
- 97% of Americans celebrate Christmas.
- 53% of Americans are offended when wished “Happy Holidays.”
- 90% of Americans “know the true meaning of Christmas.”
- 60% say they won’t shop at stores that have anti-Christmas policies.
- 68% of Americans want to hear “Merry Christmas” specifically.
You can pick apart all those stats, but that first one stood out immediately: 97% of people celebrate Christmas? And that’s supposed to be a reason that saying “Happy Holidays” is wrong?
Nearly 20% of Americans aren’t religious. And nearly 3% of the American population consists of Jews, Hindus, and Buddhists.
So if any of these people are celebrating “Christmas,” it’s obviously not for Jesus-y reasons. And we certainly won’t be upset if you say “Happy Holidays” to us.
A message to retail workers:
If you notice someone wearing the button, wish them a “Merry Christmas.” Smile at them. Let them buy the stuff your store sells.
If you notice someone without a button — which is pretty much the entire population of America — wish them “Happy Holidays.” Smile at them. Let them buy the stuff your store sells.
Personally, I won’t get offended if you say to me “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” or “Can I help you find what you’re looking for?” In fact, I’ll just be thrilled that you acknowledge my existence. I think most people would feel the same. So say whatever the hell you want.
Actually, I take that back.
If you see someone with a Special Christian Button, wish them a “Happy Solstice.”
You might lose some business but the reaction on the person’s face will be well worth it. Think of it as a holiday present to yourself 🙂
(Thanks to Christine for the link!)