You know, the time when I start to hate Facebook and contemplate having about five “friends.”
I have learned to ignore most of the political statements, requests to play games and answer questions about myself, or even find out who is searching for me (like I care). And now this week, thanks to Facebook, I have discovered the true spirit of Christmas through an old classmate’s FB wall: Anti-semitism.
With myself being a Jew this is kind of disturbing, and being it is on my Facebook simply means I have to write about it. My kids tell me I am the sensitive one in the family and perhaps this is true [editor's note: *nods*] but a hater is a hater and I know one when I see -or rather- read one.
The Facebook comments in question circle around whether saying “Merry Christmas” rather than “Happy Holidays” is offensive. First, let me say I do not care and neither does anyone in my Jewish family. We accept any positive wishes with a smile and assume they are meant as “enjoy your holiday” no matter what it is. After all, this is America where Christmas is much bigger than Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or anything else and that is just fine with me.
When I was a kid holidays were a quiet time with family. They weren’t shared in stores or work, and they weren’t acknowledged with window displays. All of that came later when everything got out of hand. (You know, all the commercialism of Christmas and stuff that everyone bitches about? Don’t worry, us Jews jumped right on that bandwagon, too.)
Store workers are told to be inclusive. If you want to return their “Happy Holidays” with a “Merry Christmas” it is not a crime. Good grief! Is this really an issue?
I am wondering who “they” are? Who are these awful folks preventing my FB friends from wishing people a Merry Christmas? In 55 years no one has ever stopped or questioned my suggestion that they have a Merry Christmas. Working in customer service I have learned that the tone of voice says far more than the spoken word. Maybe that is it- the above conversation refers to Christ and the meaning of the holiday, but the tone says so much more.
“Believe my way or hit the highway.” Well, wouldn’t that make Jesus happy? Isn’t that what he was all about- the things done in his name?
I will be defriending, blocking, or whatever one does to not have these “friends’” comments appear on my news feed. The thing is, I know lots of people are agreeing with them. And that is truly sad.
So much spouting about Jesus and you still have no clue.