My Turn, Your Turn: "Holiday"

By Gary McNair - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Somebody please tell me when and why the word "holidays" became such a nasty word?

We get complaints here for using the word as if we are avoiding the word Christmas.  That's simply not the case.

We even received an email from a viewer complaining that we called the Wilmington Holiday Parade.... The Wilmington Holiday Parade.  We didn't name it and I'm not sure who did.  But that's the name of the parade.

I'm a Christian.  I celebrate Christmas. But I also know that Christmas is not the only holiday at this time of year.

For me, calling it the holiday season is not about being politically correct.  It's just acknowledging a calendar filled with other holidays like: Hanukkah, Kwanza, New Year's and even Boxing Day, if you're Canadian.

The English language has its share of offensive words, but holidays is not one of them.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

That's my turn.  Now it's your turn.  To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at

Viewer Response:

Holiday is not a bad word - but neither is Christmas.  If it offends people to hear the word Christmas, they should turn the channel.  Isn't that what people are told who don't like some of the stuff on TV these days?  Just my two cents!


I don't generaly respond to this kind of thing but this time I will make an acception.  I must say I'm kind of tired of the "politically correct" thing.  I'm tired of possibly offending every stranger I meet just by saying hello, have a nice day or merry christmas.  Maybe instead, we should just say Bah Humbug and get it over with.  Bet that will offend someone too.


I agree with you on your comment about the holiday issue, however, I would like to expand on it.  The "holiday" season is not just for one group of people.  It is for everyone of every race and creed.  Unfortunately people think of the "holiday season" in terms of bright lights, glitter, shopping, etc.  Maybe if people would bring the spirit of the season into their daily lives every day of the year, then the whole year would be a holiday, not just a "season".  And, if people would think of everyone and include the elderly and those without family or friends, i.e. those in nursing homes, every day of the year it would make everyday a "holiday"!  And on this note, I would like to thank my elves, my raindeer, Santa Clause, Gary Webb of Paradox Computers and Walgreens on the corner of Independance and College Road for their help in making the "holiday season" a little brighter for the residents of Mariner Nursing Home.  Let us all make the "holiday season" last all year long! Let us love and give our time to those who need it the most.  Love is the theme of the "season"!