11.26.2006

Best Buy Skips Merry Christmas for Happy Holidays

Best Buy has launched a salvo in the continuing War on Christmas (queue the dramatic music and Bill O'Reilly's smarmy mug).

And that's fine by me. I don't really take offense at greeters who say Merry Christmas unless they're also trying to hand me some literature and pull me aside to discuss my personal relationship with god. But those folks are usually pretty easy to dodge.

Nah, the Jesusification of the holiday is less irritating to me than the crass mercantile aspect. The everything-is-a-gift mentality that just goes beyond good taste or even rational thought, do people really give mops as presents? Do people really want spray on oven cleaner when they unwrap something under the tree?

I don't think so, at least I hope not. That would be kind of sad, I think. I like my Christmas to be kind of cool combined with kind of useful.

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