In 2017, it is virtually impossible to avoid offending one of the 323 million people residing in the United States.
Christmas is about as traditional as it gets. With the holiday season upon us, the common debate over the use of "Merry Christmas" is one example of how a simple phrase is picked apart and pinned as offensive.
Those who oppose the use of "Merry Christmas" do this all in the name of inclusion with the hopes of not hurting someone’s tender feelings. Do we really have to complicate things to the point where we can’t even say kind words to one another? Apparently so.
It is estimated that 90 percent of the U.S. population celebrates Christmas. Yet, some individuals still find a way to spin the meaning and develop the subject into a problem. Nativity scenes are being torn down in states such as Nebraska and Michigan due to complaints from the Freedom from Religion Foundation. Not allowing the use of "Merry Christmas" in shops or eateries is the suppression of a Christian’s freedom of religious expression.
Another tradition being demonized by society is the practice of chivalry. Incredibly, some women believe that a man who holds the door open for a female is committing an act of "sexism." I fail to see or even sympathize with this viewpoint whatsoever. Men who courteously hold the door open for a female are displaying a sign of respect and appreciation. They recognize that she is fully capable of opening a door herself, but simply insist on completing a polite gesture.
Sharing dinner as a family has become a rarity in our society for a number of reasons. Two-parent households are on a rapid decline. Most families that are lucky enough to have a mother and father under one roof are suffering because both are required to work.
It was at the dinner table at one point in time where a family communed together and shared their thoughts and problems. Supper was where we used to laugh and feel secure in the fact that we had a support system around us. It reinforced discipline. You were required to be there. You ate what was on the table. No cellphones, no tablets, just spoken words. Interaction beyond the keyboard.
Traditional society is near extinction. These are just a few examples of the many traditions we are trampling on each and every day. I’m lucky enough to have a family that still holds some of these in high regard.
So I say to all of you who read this, be unselfish. Put someone else’s needs before your own. Be courteous and hold the door open for someone today. You’d be surprised how good it makes them feel. Make a point to have dinner with your family and listen. You will benefit from the experience.
And finally, Merry Christmas.
Julia Bauer is a sophomore at Mount St. Mary Academy.