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The Eight Days of Hanukkah – Day 7

Two More Days

I have almost exhausted my supply of Hanukkah comments… (I think I just heard a sigh of relief from everyone following this blog).

Today is all about political correctness and because Hanukkah occurs around the same time of year as Christmas, there’s plenty for the politically correct people to worry about.  There’s been a lot said about this so I don’t need to say too much.

If you want to wish me a Merry Christmas, that’s great.  If you want to wish me a “Happy Hanukkah”, or greet me with Kwanzaa’s ‘Habari gani”,  or Islam’s  “As salamu alaikum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuhu”, that’s great too.  “Happy Holidays” is just as good.

The reason I bring this up is that the former CEO of my company used to send an email of Christmas wishes to the whole company.   It might have been nice and sincere had  he not included a couple of paragraphs almost apologetically justifying why he wished everyone a Merry Christmas and not Happy Holidays.  It’s not his fault, he’s just trying to be politically correct by recognizing people that may not celebrate Christmas.  His political correctness turned a holiday greeting into a legal document.

I think the key here is to be sincere and compassionate.  All the political correctness in the world can’t hide insincerity.  But a sincere wish for goodness on others is always a good thing no matter what time of year it is.

If this political correctness crap continues, we’ll all be writing legal disclaimers at the ends of our greeting cards.

Happy Hanukkah to everyone.  And peace on earth all year.

This blog post does not intend to ridicule, defame, or insult any person or group of persons who may or may not acknowledge common rituals and customs of celebration within the approximate time period of late Fall and early Winter regardless of race, religion, ethnic background, sexual orientation or preferred genre of music. 

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