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Bill Kalmar

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I’m Wishing You a Very Merry Christmas!

Have yourself a merry little... holiday? Gack!

Published: Wednesday, December 23, 2015 - 13:19

Lots of discussion this time of the year as to whether we should wish people a Merry Christmas or a Happy Holiday. Evidently there is a cottage industry staffed by people who are offended by anyone uttering the words “Merry Christmas.” Frankly, I think there are people who anxiously wait to be offended every day so that they can emerge from their otherwise empty lives and vociferously complain.

People have carried the anti-Christmas thing so far as to rename the trees in homes and malls and stores the “holiday tree.”  Well, have you ever considered what would happen if we allowed this opinion to impact even our treasured Christmas songs? Here’s what would happen:

“I’m Dreaming of a White Holiday”

“The Holiday Song”

“Rockin’ Round the Holiday Tree”

“You’re All I Want for the Holiday”

“Do They Know It’s a Holiday?”

“Merry Holiday, Darling”

“Please Come Home for the Holiday”

“It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like a Holiday”

“Blue Holiday” (sung by Elvis)

“Nuttin’ for the Holiday”

“The Holiday Waltz”

“All I Want for the Holiday are My Two Front Teeth”

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Holiday”

“The Twelve Days of Holiday”

“We Wish You a Merry Holiday”

Can you imagine Clark Griswold of the Christmas Vacation movie uttering, “We’re gonna press on, and we’re gonna have the hap, hap, happiest holiday since Bing Crosby tap-danced with Danny Kaye!”  Or how about, “‘Twas the night before holiday and...”

So let’s stop all this foolishness and return to a time when Christmas meant Christmas trees in all the stores and everyone wished every person and passerby a very Merry Christmas. How difficult can that be? Merry Christmas, and pass it on!


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Bill Kalmar

William J. Kalmar has extensive business experience, including service with a Fortune 500 bank and the Michigan Quality Council, of which he served as director from 1993 through 2003. He served on the Board of Overseers of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program and has been a Baldrige examiner. He was also named quality professional of the year by the ASQ Detroit chapter. Now semiretired, Kalmar does freelance writing for several publications. He is a member of the USA Today Vacation Panel, a mystery shopper for several companies, and a frequent presenter and lecturer.


Well Said


Thanks for this column.  I agree with you.  It's as though saying the words 'Merry Christmas' could kill.  Have a little respect and tolerance for those of us who celebrate Christmas.