Happy Holidays!

She’s working the Kate Gosselin mom-hair and a shivery little Yorkshire Terrier curled against her chest. The Yorkie is prettier than her. Fluffy and shiny in ways that she will never be.

Lady Fancy Dog’s kind of throwing a scene, but she has too much dignity for scenes. She also has too much dignity for maintaining eye contact with minimum wage earners, so she’s looking over at the candy section as she speaks. But make no mistake, she is in this thing.

The guy behind the counter said, “Happy Holidays”: The Mistake. His company makes him say it to avoid insensitivity. He couldn’t care less and nods politely. But his eyes tell the story of a man truly dead inside. He knows he was young once, but he can’t remember when. He can’t remember October.

The entire line has hit pause as Lady Fancy Dog says, “What do you think that Salvation Army guy is freezing his buns off in the name of? Because it sure as heck isn’t Hanukah!”

“People are so sensitive these days!” Lady Fancy Dog says. She does not deem it necessary to raise her voice. She knows that others like her will heed her call.

And many will.

The Christmas season is a source of joy for what’s estimated to be 83% of our American population—a number so high we can safely consider this group a majority. However, within the last couple of years, we’ve seen an increase in broader holiday celebration. While Christmas is catered to above all else, little things have changed. Kids don’t get a week off of school for Christmas Break—it’s Winter Break. Less and less do we see Christmas displays in our department stores, but general holiday décor. And whether this development has more to do with all-inclusive consideration or (most likely) all-inclusive marketing, is an argument for another day. The bottom line is that the month of December doesn’t belong solely to Christmas. Fun fact: It never truly has.

And this isn’t a bad thing! Decorations are still pretty. Well wishes for a good season are still kind. If Christmas has been acknowledged as the priority for so long, what’s the harm in toning it down? What’s the harm in being less specific and culturally inclusive? For some Christmas celebrators, there’s lots of harm, and “political correctness” is being cited as a weapon used against the very joy of Christmas. They not respond kindly to perceived threats. And these angry Christmas folks come out in droves every holiday season. Whether it’s the uncle at dinner who just won’t shut up about the War On Christmas or Lady Fancy Dog at Walgreens.

Yes, Lady Fancy Dog, who is finally done dropping some righteous truth bombs. The Walgreens worker is still blank-faced; the line is still building. She leaves the store with a hair flip and a trendy coat swish and doesn’t even turn to survey the damage she might very well have left behind.

Looking back, I desperately wish she’d somehow acknowledged the folks she’d been holding up, and not even out of guilt. That’s too much credit. I want her to have peeked back with that reaching look people sometimes get when they’re quietly hunting for affirmation or validation only to see the irritated reality. Maybe deep down in her crinkly little soul, she knew there’d only be raised eyebrows and disapproving glares.

But who cares, right? It’s Christmas! She knows her bravery benefits all mankind—whether you like it or not—that’s what her season’s all about!

Yep. Some fragile little snowflakes are super insensitive these days.

Laura Bania is a writer for The BAR. She graduated from Southwest Minnesota State University and firmly believes that if you put a sport coat over it, anything can be office appropriate. Her work has appeared in The Bare Root Review. Find her on twitter @bakedsalmonella.

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