Ok, so, here’s the short answer….
I say “Happy Holidays” unless someone says “Merry Christmas” to me, then I return the “Merry Christmas”.
Here’s the slightly (yeah, right!) longer answer…
I have said “Happy Holidays” since long before Bill O’ Reilly (may he rest in peace, SOON!… sorry, that was uncalled for… i don’t wish the man dead… i just wish he’d shut the hell up ) declared the practice “A war on Christmas“. I began doing so during the Holiday Season of 1995. I was a jr in college and spending my fall semester back in Massachusetts, attending Gordon College. I was working at the North Shore Musical Theatre and many of our patrons and guests were Jewish. Trust me, you only need to say “Merry Christmas” once or twice to a couple of old, cranky Jewish ladies before you change your vocabulary. And I ask, “Why shouldn’t we?”. When you say, “Merry Christmas” you disregard the fact that there are other holidays celebrated by all kinds of people all over the world at this time of year. The Muslim month of Ramadan is around this general time. The Jewish celebration of Hanukkah is also during this time of year as are the African-American celebration of Kwanzaa and the “traditional” celebration of Yule or Midwinter. It is arrogant and pig-headed to discount all of these celebrations, simply because we may or may not celebrate them. I guarantee the celebration of Hanukkah is as sacred and somber and joyful and blessed to my Jewish friends as the celebration of Christmas is to me and my brothers and sisters in CHRIST. The same goes for those who celebrate other holidays at this time of year.
What are we, as Christians, afraid of? This isn’t persecution… this isn’t lions in the coliseum… this is the natural result of living in a country which says “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses; yearning to breathe free“. We are a melting pot… diversity is what makes this country great.
Let’s try to show some respect for our fellow human beings at this time of year. Would our LORD JESUS CHRIST have encouraged us to go out and offend others? I can hear you now, “Well, some people just like to be offended and they’re going to be offended no matter what!” Yup, you’re right… congratulations. What does the Word of GOD have to say…
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. – Romans 12:18
As we continue to enjoy the Christmas season, let’s ask ourselves… “Are we doing whatever we can to ‘live at peace with everyone’?”
As always, just my 2 cents!