Last weekend my husband and I were obliged to attend the "Holiday Brunch" sponsored by his boss (he works for a major Pharmaceutical company) for the research and development department of his company. Of course, it was very nice of his boss to go to the trouble and the food and the company were all just fine. The problem was the huge exercise in absurdity that kept all of these executives from saying "Merry Christmas." It was painful to watch as one co-worker or spouse after another approached us with limp hand and lame smile to offer their "Happy Holidays" greeting. But it was delightful to watch their stunned reaction as I responding in kind with a bold "Merry Christmas" or better still, "Christmas Blessings".
At my end of the table--far enough away from the boss to avoid getting my husband in trouble--a group of wives got into a rather heated discussion of the elephant in the room. No one there was anything other than Christian (at least in theory). Everyone was celebrating Christmas on Dec. 25. We were not on company property. Why were these people acting like this? What makes people cave to such absurdities? One mother started complaining that she was helping out with "craft day" at her sons school and could not come up with anything that was seasonal but not specific to satisfy the teacher and the sensitivity codes at the public school. Even Santa Claus and Christmas trees are banned. I told her to go in with the old paper-plate angel decoration and tell them to shove it. Honestly, I am just fed up with these people. It is Christmas, for goodness sake. I, for one, am determined to see that my own kids get to celebrate it in the way it should be.