Recently, President-elect Donald Trump wrapped up his "thank-you" tour after his victory in the 2016 presidential election. One of those stops on his tour was in Wisconsin, where he told supporters in front of a bunch of #Christmas trees: "we are going to say 'Merry Christmas' again." It wasn't just in Wisconsin Trump mentioned the phrase. On a stop in Michigan while on the campaign trail, Trump also said that department stores that aren't saying the Yuletide phrase will soon be doing so. One of Trump's great strengths in the presidential election this year was that he stood against something that has been antagonizing those who supported him for years: political correctness.
And of course, what is always in the news more each year around this time is the issue of whether to wish people "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays."
What's the issue?
Donald Trump seems to have run for president on a platform that spoke to a lot of people. It isn't just on the campaign trail that political correctness has become a significant issue for Americans. The debate over the separation of church and state is making itself known to us for the umpteenth time over Christmas displays in public places, this time in Lincoln, Nebraska, for example, where an atheist group decided they needed to have a display next to a manger scene in a public place. Those waging this War on Christmas will often use the phrase "Happy Holidays" as a greeting around this time of year. Ironically, recent news articles have been published about a Public Policy Polling study conducted recently that showed more people actually took offense to "Happy Holidays" more than "Merry Christmas.".
The 'Merry Christmas' platform
Why would Donald Trump be running on a platform such as this? Gallup came out with a new study on religion Friday that showed around 70 percent of Americans consider themselves to be Christian, around 18 percent identify with no religion, and approximately five percent claim to be members of non-Christian faiths. So, is it reasonable to assume religious minorities are going to be offended? Not really. Pew Research did a study last year that found a whopping 92% of Americans celebrate Christmas, which would have to mean that this isn't just something practicing Christians in the country do.
It's as much an American tradition as apple pie and baseball
If a majority of Americans celebrate this holiday, it's unreasonable to assume minorities will be offended. If taking Christmas out of a greeting is meant to avoid offending minorities living within the country's borders, what other words should our society start leaving out? Why not call the American flag a "country flag" so that immigrants are not offended? Why not call the U.S.
Constitution a "country constitution" so that we don't offend anarchists or communists living within our borders? No reasonable person would agree to these changes, and to exclude the correct terms for such things would be seen as a slap in the face to Americans.
Trump may have hit the nail on the head
The President-elect may have hit a winning issue with many voters when he stood up to political correctness and encouraged people to say "Merry Christmas." After all, if more people are actually offended by "Happy Holidays," wouldn't it make sense to not be offensive and go with the sure thing? #DonaldTrump