Prepare yourself for this one.
Trump. Said. Happy. Holidays. Instead of Merry Christmas!
Now, just in case it’s not clear, there is absolutely nothing wrong with wishing someone “Happy Holidays” instead of saying “Merry Christmas.” In fact, this tweet from Donald Trump may be his least offensive tweet ever.
That's because saying "Happy Holidays" is a nice thing to say.
Everyone in America is free to celebrate Christmas — or not! That’s thanks to a little thing our country’s founders referred to as religious freedom. It’s kind of a big deal.
You can say “Merry Christmas” to whomever you please, but it’s polite to recognize the fact that not everyone celebrates Christmas.
That's why some people — including Trump's own daughter Ivanka — choose to say "Happy Holidays" instead.
Saying “Happy Holidays” is a great way to get everyone in on the holiday cheer. And that seems to be kind of the whole point of the holidays, no?
So, just so we're all clear: There is no war on Christmas, and there has been no assault on the phrase "Merry Christmas." There is, however, some controversy surrounding other words.
You may have read that the Trump administration banned the CDC from using the words listed above.
As it turns out, it wasn’t an outright “ban,” but the CDC has been strongly discouraged from using them. Maybe we could focus on that rather than innocuous phrases like “Happy Holidays.”
Oh yeah, and about that word "assault"...
Just as a reminder, saying “Merry Christmas” is not a crime.
But sexually assaulting people is.
Maybe we should be a little less concerned with how people are talking about the holidays, and a little more concerned by the person who’s in the Oval Office.