Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Yes, I said Merry Christmas.  Why?  Well, because that’s what I celebrate.  I know we have this trend lately to get rid of any specific references at this time of year, but Happy Holidays isn’t what I mean.  I mean Merry Christmas.  As we approach a new year, one thing I’d like to see change is the trend towards enforced ignorance.  Here’s an example:

Person #1 – Merry Christmas!

Person #2 – How dare you!  And within earshot of a school!  I am offended and want someone to silence you!

Here’s what I’d like to work towards instead:

Person #1 – Merry Christmas!

Person #2 – Thank you, but I’m an atheist.  I hope you and your family enjoy the holiday break.

Person #3 – Thank you, but I’m Jewish.  Happy Hannukah.

Person #4 – Thank you and Happy Kwanzaa!

In my perfect world, those folks might then hang around and talk about their different customs and how it makes this time of year different for them.  We should never be offended to hear a different point of view, or learn about other cultures and religions.

My hope for the new year is that we can inspire more people to listen to more ideas, and be less offended when those ideas differ from their own, or clash with their beliefs.  I hope that we can find ways to talk more and litigate less.  I am an optimist.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.


About Rep. Steven Smith

Steven Smith is a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, serving his 7th term. Rep. Smith currently represents Charlestown, Newport, and Unity. Rep. Smith is the Deputy Speaker of the NH House.
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