Lary Christmas Reflection

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During my time spent in retail and an office environment, I have observed a common theme that happens at the end of every year. The common saying “Merry Christmas”, has been replaced with the saying “Happy Holidays”. Growing up, as far back as I can remember, the day after Thanksgiving; me and my parents would wake up and put up our Christmas tree, lights, and Christmas decorations. The last decoration that always went up was a sign that lit up and read “Merry Christmas”, that would be put up outside over our front door. It was as if the whole world was on the same page as me and my family, we would go to department stores, and outside you see men dressed up as Santa, ringing bells, and the clerks would say “Merry Christmas,” as you purchased …show more content…
After studying Ethics, and learning about some philosophical positions; it was then I realized that saying a simple phase “Merry Christmas”, was a subconscious ethical decision. Being a person of Christianity faith, saying “Merry Christmas” is more than just celebrating a day where one is showered with gifts from family and friends, but a day in which I celebrate my Creator’s birthday. The work environments that I have been exposed to, have shown me very quickly that not everyone that I encounter is a person that worships the same Christian faith as me, forcing me to say “Happy Holidays”, when checking them out; which is viewed as “doing the right thing…[even] [if] it runs us up against our self-interests;” according to the philosopher Soren Kierkegaard (Marino, 300). Kierkegaard believed that everyone had three stages in Life’s way, those being Aesthetic, Ethical, and Religious. Kierkegaard felt that in the Religious stage of one’s life, they must have passionate faith, and be authentic to their faith. Within the Christianity faith it is viewed as it being okay that people do something wrong even though they know what is the right way. By me saying “Happy Holidays” I know that it is wrong against my religion, because I believe in Christmas, but also as a Christian I know that I must “attempt …show more content…
I can once remember watching TV, and the Coca Cola commercial would end with Santa wishing everyone a “Merry Christmas”. Now the commercials on TV are wishing people “Happy Holidays”, so that every person that is watching the commercial can make their every own personal connection with the company. Or the changing of the Starbucks holiday cups that have seen a major shift from 2009, where the cup was once decorated with Christmas ornaments, and a Christmas tree all over the cup, to present day which just is a bright red cup. The change in Society has made these shifts happen, as the population grows and migration around the happen; different cultures are brought to light. These changes are hard for someone of Christian faith to acknowledge, because Santa, and the phase “Merry Christmas” are coined as being a Christian symbol, and not a universal symbol. The modern society we live in now is every different from the society, and should be viewed as a shift from a society that was once judgmental to those who weren’t white, and not of Christian faith. To a society know that recognize these differences, and meet the needs of these differences by “[deciding] once and for all what is to court among them as just and unjust,” (Marino, 381). The diversity that is present in caused the government to put in place laws that

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