Happy Christmahanukkwanzika...Living in Georgia I have found a VERY diverse group of people. It seems that Georgia has become a transplant mecca for those who wish to live in an urban society, but also want to improve the quality of living for their families since the cost of living here is quite a bit lower than that of the West Coast or the upper East Coast. It's why Ken and I moved here.
I've found that while the South is predominantly Baptist, there are so many other religious denominations here in Atlanta from Jewish to Christian to Methodist and Prodestant, to Hindu and Islamic. The term "Merry Christmas" has been replaced with "Happy Holidays" as to not offend, but the biggest crock of shit I've heard is that people a little further south are debating the actual Christmas tree, wanting to now refer to it as a "Holiday Tree". Hey look, I'm not at all offended if people want to have their Christmas trees; Ken and I have one since he's Methodist, but we also light the menorah that I've had for twenty years every Hannukah. Jews don't have Hannukah trees, Islamics don't have Islam trees, Hindus don't have Hindu trees, etc... so what's the big deal? I appreciate the "Happy Holidays" terminolgy, but this Christmas tree thing is taking it a little too far. Next they'll be debating over whether or not to call Santa Santa or "that fat, red-clothed, holiday dude". Let's keep things in perspective please.
Every Mall from The Mall of Georgia to Arbor Place Mall is packed, causing me to avoid them heavily. I'm doing more online shopping, going to Target and Wal Mart for gift cards, and actually baking gift baskets for co-workers and Managers. It just makes life simpler during the holidays. Schlepping a toddler around to shop for the holidays is a pain in the butt, even if most of the gifts are for him anyway!
To all of you I wish you a wonderful ChristmaHanukkwanzika. One never know's what religion you may be, so in covering all of the bases I also wish you a joyous Holiday Season. May you all survive the shopping boon with as little damage as possible. Thank God it's almost over...