I could not agree more about Valentines Day. Manufactured by Hallmark, I am sure.
I'm not offended by "merry christmas", I just don't understand why others are offended by "happy holidays". December 25 is christmas, so merry christmas is entirely appropriate then. The rest of November/December is a variety of holidays, so happy holidays is entirely appropriate for the other 61 days.
I don't know why it bugs me, but it really does!
To me, "Happy Turkey Day" always sounds a little juvenile. And I agree that I've never much cared for Valentine's Day. It seems far too manufactured a holiday, like everyone has to remind the people they love that they love them on this particular day, even if it hasn't got much of anything to do with the relationship they share with them, unlike birthdays, anniversaries etc. It's like the romantic version of all thoroughbreds turning one January 1st, regardless of when they were born. Besides, I don't care for red or pink all that much, and for some reason, I'm often sick on Valentine's Day, so my personal associations with it aren't all that pleasant.
I don't really mind what decorations people choose for the month of December, but I do prefer the displays that choose a theme and stick with it. I find it personally jarring when they muddle everything up together, so it ends up looking like Frosty is the fourth wise man in the nativity display. Oh, and if your decorations are still up by the time Easter rolls around in the spring, it's way past time to take them down, unless the winter has been so relentlessly awful weather-wise that it's been impossible to get them down.
The other day, someone wished me a happy December. I guess that pretty much covers everything. It did occur to me that it was also broader-based time-wise. He wasn't wishing me one particular happy day but an entirely happy month. Kind of appreciated the expansiveness of that possibility.
Another bit of holiday trivia: Abraham Lincoln is often given credit for declaring the first official day of thanksgiving in America. Technically, that would have been Jefferson Davis, earlier in the Civil War, when things were going a bit better for the confederacy. And it was moved from the fourth Thursday in November to the third by FDR to expand the holiday shopping season to help retail merchants during the depression. That's why there's so much college football on Thanksgiving--the games were originally scheduled to be after Thanksgiving so as not to conflict with the holiday, but there was no convenient way to reschedule them once the holiday was suddenly moved, and then the tradition of football on Thanksgiving just kind of stuck (and for a while, some people called it Franksgiving instead of Thanksgiving, because they were so irritated at the switch).
Every time fake Emily Maynard appears on the screen I would like to put my foot through it!! DWTS? UGH
Add me to the Hates Turkey Day list. Thanksgiving is more appropriate because that's what it is--a day of thanks. You can say it with or without turkey. If you sum up all of what Thanksgiving is into what food is being served, you're missing the point.
Valentines Day is hell on single people. We're already punished year round by not having found our soulmate, then the people who have found someone get to rub your nose in how happy they are. I didn't like it when I was in school because you either were required to send valentines to everyone in your class, which made the sentiment fakey, or you had to rely on getting valentines from others of their own volition. The popular people got all the cards while the unpopular people got none. IMO, everyone deserves love and appreciation, not just the popular people. I've heard of people sending flowers to themselves on Valentines Day so that they don't feel left out but that seems kind of pathetic to me.
I don't care if people say Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas or whatever, although it is strange to me that the British say Happy Christmas instead of Merry Christmas. It's not wrong, just different. I've never heard anyone say Merry Holidays.
I said Happy Christmas for years. :)
I can't stand it when I see grown people who call themselves parents act so cruel to their kids. I don't usually watch, but caught a precious little girl who didn't win first prize in the beauty pageant try to appease her mom, who pouted like a spoiled child. She didn't even try to congratulate the child, who won $500.00. (Mom was ticked off she didn't get the $10,000.00) Stuff like that makes me furious. What's wrong with these people? It seems that mental cruelity of children is okay on reality tv.
I've decided to go with "Have a jewel of a Yule" or "Have a cool Yule" this year.
My problem with the whole "holiday" thing isn't the Happy Holidays greeting. I actually don't mind that. It's all inclusive.
My problem is when the word Christmas is obviously replaced with the word holiday inappropriately. As in: Holiday Tree; Holiday Carols; Holiday Shopping; Holiday Cards; Holiday Eve (OK, I haven't heard that one but it's coming); Holiday Cookies; Holiday Ornaments. It's clear they're avoiding the word Christmas. That's the part that bugs me.
Also, someone else earlier mentioned "gifting". Lately I've been seeing a lot of commercials saying that too. It is irritating.
Well, we have 10 days to go. Where are those irritating diamond commercials?:peek