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The C Word

November 29, 2010

Tis the season, right?

Sunday morning, I ventured down to Sherway Gardens, a hoidy-toidy shopping mall, to do some window shopping. I didn’t need any windows, I just like looking at them. And it was a window that I saw that made me smile.

I entered the mall through Holt Renfrew. Some backstory here. Holt Renfrew is a medium-sized clothing department store. It’s the store you shop at if you want to piss away some money on a piece-of-shit pair of Louis Vuitton shoes or something equally crappy yet expensive. This one time, years ago, I was in the store looking at ties. I saw this ugly green tie that looked like it was knitted out of yarn. Price tag read 160 bucks. This thing looked like it could have been knitted by my nonna using 2 bucks worth of yarn from Sears while watching an episode of the Y&R. And Holt Renfrew wanted 160 clams for the thing.

But as of yesterday, Holt Renfrew is now off my list. The store redeemed itself. “Happy Christmas” was printed all throughout the store, even outside the store. I first saw the sign on the window looking into the store from the parking lot.

I had to scratch my eyes, make sure I wasn’t seeing things. The C word? At a store? Can it be?

Holt Renfrew will now be available to receive my moneys.

I don’t like “Seasons greetings” or “Happy holidays.” I like “Christmas.” I like “Hanukah.” I’m not Jewish, but if I was, I think I’d really appreciate seeing a “Happy hanukah” sign. I like it when stores wish me well for all the reasons I should be wished well.

Christmas is not a bad word. It’s a good word. Whether you celebrate it or not, it’s still a paid holiday. For that alone, it’s worth seeing printed on the walls of a store.

I don’t even celebrate Christmas the way I’m supposed to. I don’t go to midnight mass. I don’t go to church at Christmas at all. My family celebrates Christmas in our own special way. But we do it because it’s Christmas, not because it’s the “festive season.”

The amazing thing about this political correctness that shuns the use of Christmas is amazingly being created by people who are simply afraid of offending people. Not that anybody has ever complained of being offended by Christmas. Like I said before, even if you don’t celebrate it, you still get the paid holiday. That alone makes it a special day.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Onyx permalink
    November 29, 2010 8:37 am

    That’s nice that they’re willing to come out and say “Christmas”, it drives me batty when people, especially businesses, are so antsy over the word.

    I wished a guy a “Merry Christmas” once when I was 19 while working, he didn’t get mad, just pointed out that he didn’t celebrate it. Come on. I am wishing you a happy season, using different words. It doesn’t come from a bad place, it comes from a happy place. ACCEPT IT, DAMN IT!

    I cannot stand when people want to dog on a happy and positive thing. And older gentleman wished me a merry Christmas last week outside of the grocery store, I didn’t know him, I just walked by his car while he was putting his groceries in it. It made me smile. He doesn’t know if I celebrate Christmas or not, but he went out of his way to wish a stranger well, and that, to me, is an awesome thing.

    I don’t know if I’d spend $160 on a tie, but they sound good in my books!

    Merry Christmas!

  2. November 29, 2010 9:54 am

    That’s a bold move for Holt! My clients keep wishing me a Merry Christmas so I say it back! I’m a bit of a Bah Humbug so really, I’d probably say nothing to someone unless they said it to me first anyway.

    I think humbug is a very appropriate word for you.

    This is where you say “groan.”

  3. November 29, 2010 11:26 am

    I know some people don’t like the whole ‘Merry Christmas’ thing for reasons I’ll never understand, but I’m actually happy to not see retailers exploit religion to sell products.

    It’s okay to exploit religion for commercial reasons. After all, commercialism was exploited by religion for the purpose of making Christmas more important.

  4. Riot Kitty permalink
    November 29, 2010 4:59 pm

    Well well! This turned out to be a much different blog than I thought it would, based on the title ;)

    Merry Christmas!

    Git yer mind out the gutter

  5. November 29, 2010 6:16 pm

    I think it’s cool that they said “Happy Christmas” instead of “Merry Christmas” since it’s a bit more uncommon to say it that way.

    i’ve been whipping out the happy christmas and merry new year since the early 90s

  6. November 30, 2010 1:44 am

    Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah!

    I think it’s awesome to see stores getting back to saying it again. I’ve missed it.

    Years ago, I used to get the JCPenney Christmas catalog, and the Sears Christmas catalog. They didn’t send out the “holiday” catalog.

    makes sense to me

  7. November 30, 2010 3:39 am

    What a joy to see retailers wishing someone a specific blessing on a specific CHRISTIAN holiday — WITH the “Christ” part included!

    I’m with you — they’re okay in my book!

    i’m just happy a holiday, any holiday was named specifically. could care less if it’s Christmas.

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