Say It "Merry Christmas" This Time: A Poem

Updated on December 12, 2018
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Val is a life-long practically oriented student of effective emotional and attitudinal responses to the many challenges of life.

I’m not what you’d call a religious dude

not publicly defending any noble cause

but at times getting in this satiric mood

commenting on some silly human flaws.


So, if “Happy Hanukkah” is sounding right

and Ramadan is dignified as a special day

well, I am not really here to protest or fight

but why Christmas is called happy holiday?


Is it to justify non-Christian business making big buck

profiting from sales on the festivity with no name

or is it to allow every non-religious schmuck

to forget differences and make us same.


Whatever the whole case may really be

it doesn’t piss me off -- not one bit

it just amuses the dude like me

as I’ve got no hairs to split.


But, to say the least it’s strange

how an old tradition loses its name

as if Christians really wanted that change

making out of it just another profitable game.

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    © 2018 Vladimir Karas

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      • ValKaras profile imageAUTHOR

        Vladimir Karas 

        5 weeks ago from Canada

        Paul--Yes...with all monumental cathedrals sticking out from cities' panorama, all churches, chapels, and all teachings persisting through millennia, it surprises that their influence on social life is leaving out this important detail.

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        Paul Neglia 

        5 weeks ago from Poughkeepsie, NY USA

        Nice one. You hit the nail on the head. We are making everything so generalized, that the true meanings are being lost in the translation. How true that people dont dumb down hanukkah or ramadan, but christmas takes a back seat. It jas become just a money making holiday and lost the true meaning. Nice work.

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        Paul Balagtas 

        5 weeks ago from Philippines

        These days it's cool not to have Christ. Each year it seems like Christmas is being downgraded to just being a tradition where people are required to be happy. Thank you for voicing out this concern through your poem. For whatever reason I am reading it in my mind with an elf voice... :)

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        Vladimir Karas 

        5 weeks ago from Canada

        Gypsy Rose Lee--These days people are so sensitive about symbolisms that it's really strange they suddenly don't protest against this one.

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        Gypsy Rose Lee 

        5 weeks ago from Riga, Latvia

        Most creative and amusing You are right it is time to go back to tradition and remind people to keep Christ in Christmas and toss the Happy Holidays.

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        Vladimir Karas 

        5 weeks ago from Canada

        Shannon--Well, we only get to share with others how we look at it---can't tell them to see it with our eyes. If those devoted Christians don't mind it--we can always stay just observers seeing it as amusing. We have to---the whole world is one huge amusement park.

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        Shannon Henry 

        5 weeks ago from Texas

        Good point! It's gone way beyond changing Christmas to simply holiday, though. I think this world has gone mad.

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        Vladimir Karas 

        5 weeks ago from Canada

        Hey, John, my old much missed buddy! Welcome back into these precious creative moments of my daily life when I am not doing anything of what I have to, but only what I want to.

        Yes, I completely agree, and even though I am not calling myself a religious type in the full meaning of the word, I respect the tradition devoted to global love, and I regularly express my best wishes with "Merry Christmas".

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        Vladimir Karas 

        5 weeks ago from Canada

        Hey, Doris, good to see you too. As the poem says, I am not fussing, but it's almost comical to me how otherwise proud Christians allow their main annual festivity to be publicly called "Holiday".

        To me it sounds like Republicans wouldn't mind their Convention called "Get-Together Event".

        By the way, I hope I am not the first one to compliment you on your new bio-photo.

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        John Hansen 

        5 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Hey Val, great to see you back! As MizB says you do ask a very valid question here. In Australia, I have never encountered anyone who said anything other than "Merry Christmas" to me. Admittedly I don't have regular contact with many people from different religious backgrounds, but among my friends and acquaintances it always has been and always will be "Merry Christmas" (even by the atheists among them. Not that it worries me what anyone says to me...but I will always reply "Merry Christmas" because that is what we are celebrating, not because it is a holiday etc.

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        Doris James-MizBejabbers 

        5 weeks ago from Beautiful South

        Hey, Val, good to see you back. I really like this poem because it asks a valid question and provides the best answers. I don't care if somebody says "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Hanukkah" to me. People have their own special holidays and I think they should be able to enjoy them without criticism from the peanut gallery.

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