Please tell me why I’m supposed to stop telling people “Merry Christmas”. Is it really that offensive, if you don’t want to celebrate it? I mean, I’m not RINGING YOUR DOORBELL ALL NIGHT, wishing you Merry Christmas, so if you don’t like it, does it really affect your life all that much? Yet on Halloween, a holiday I happen to wish would fall off the face of the earth, I don’t get to go home and mind my own business. I have no desire to ruin anyone else’s scary, creepy, sugary holiday. Seriously, if you love the costume thing, or the cobwebs, or witches, or bloody faces, then have a ball. But if somebody is hanging out in their house with the light off, and the “Hush, Baby Sleeping” pillow on the door, I think you have some not-so-subtle hints about how festive I feel. What kind of parent lets their kids walk up to dark houses and ring doorbells? I thought that was the universal sign for “leave me alone”. Am I wrong about that?
Now, if my kid begs me to trick or treat one year, don’t call me a hypocrite for doing it. I’m not holding myself to some super high moral standard, I just think that a holiday centered around pretending you’re someone else, or worse, trying to scare the hoo-hah out of people so that little kids have a good premise for nightmares is stupid. I’ll avoid it as long as I can. Assuming I can avoid it at all, since it is actually ringing my doorbell.