I'm not really worked up about the whole "Christmas"/"holiday" pseudo-controversy. I
say "Christmas," because it's what I and my family has always celebrated. I don't aim to offend. If one of my Jewish friends wishes me a "Happy Hannukah," hey, that's great, I'm not going to be offended, and I'm pretty sure nobody's trying to inflict their holidays on anyone else. (Of course, this is just personally -- I know things work different on an institutional level. Good thing I'm not insitutionalized. Yet.)
But the one thing I am sick to bloody death of is "Festivus." I got exposed to enough Jerry Seinfeld before his show and never could enjoy it. I found it too self-congratulatory, self-absorbed and just too smarmy...worse, I just never found it funny. But if I had a nickel for every supposedly-clever "Festivus" reference I've seen online in the last two weeks I could afford to buy the World Wide Intarwub. Yes, synthetic holiday, yes, alternative to Christmas, yes, ridiculous rituals, yes, some people are taking it seriously. Ha ha, I understand, you can stop telling me about it now. Since every television station is apparently required to syndicate either Seinfeld
, Sex in the City
or Everybody Loves Raymond
, you can probably flip channels and watch the damned episode instead of inflicting it on others. It might've been funny or original when the episode aired. It certainly is no longer either. Spare me.
Eh. Maybe I just need to start taking Panexa