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Merry Christmas versus Happy Holidays? Really?
Are these two just celebrating life without a reason?
Could it be that the Holidays should be your kind of holiday?
What a strange phenomenon. Are there really Christians that take offense at happy holidays as a greeting? Is Christ really the reason for the season? For one this author takes no offense at words. Interest yes offense no.
Here is a funny notion to consider. Many of us do not care for this new concept of “taking offense” at just about anything. The PC thing is just a crock of nonsense. But this is where it gets weird. In reality criticism of the offense taking mentality is a quite conservative stance in general. Evangelical and other Christians make up the bulk of conservatives. And yet here we are with Christians taking offense at the use of Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. If you just step back and look at it, it is hilarious.
Let us be certain of two things; Christmas is not mentioned in the Bible, Old or New Testaments, and the most likely thing is that Christmas is not Christ’s birthdate. Just face the fact that the Roman Catholic Church does not claim this to be Christ’s birthday. And that certain “Christian” sects believe that “celebrating” a birthdate is basically blasphemy. Man celebrates a birthday not God.
Interesting but our US notion of church and state clearly prohibits school mandated Christian centered worship and prayer. It should. Schools should not mandate a single darned thing about spirituality. But they should tolerate those who practice their spirituality wherever they want to. No prohibition and no sponsoring. Banning spiritual practices in order to prevent the offending someone is dead wrong. Banning burning the flag because it makes someone uncomfortable is dead wrong. Funny again. Progressives encourage a tolerance for wearing a Burka yet attack a football player in college for displaying the crossing of body. Seems a Christian Coach cannot pray with his team. But there are Muslim places of worship on campus. As a society we are in la la land. In my son’s school they hit it hard and some kids wear crosses and some burkas. And they truly celebrate diversity not a conditioned celebration.
Hopefully the above helps get you into a mode of getting comfortable with YOUR reason to celebrate Christmas while allowing others their reasons. In my home, mom and dad are a bit divided on the concept. Mom was born and grew to about 30 with no concept of Christmas. Dad heavily grew up in it and was a Lay Eucharistic Minister with a degree in philosophy at the time mom got a clue. Dad had basically rejected most secular traditions and a whole bunch of “Christian” traditions. We’ll address how that has worked out with a small child in the mix.
Check out the story of Amal and the Midnight Visitors. A great story.
I appreciate the road you took to get here, but it was not my route.
Dig Deep for your reason for the season and then embrace it!
Amal and the Midnight Visitors and A Christmas Carol and Charlie Brown and the Grinch and the song Tanenbaum are not at all Christ oriented. Jesus kind of gave some wine at a wedding, and kind of gave loaves of bread and fish, and kind of filled nets with fish. But I just cannot seem to recollect any material gift to someone individually. Correct me if I am wrong in the comments. Gifts given to God yes, in folklore and not biblically recalled. Again sacrifices were to God not a man. A gift from you to me is not Christ oriented. Standing in lines at a retailer or hours spent internet shopping is not charity.
Look hard at all this negative stuff. It is not worth an old shirt. The spirit of Christ is not in the doing but in the love of doing. If one so chooses every single tradition of man if done in love is done in God’s name. God makes very clear that God is Love. God makes very clear we are to love others as ourselves. Don’t know about you but I love giving me a gift! We make a jump and say that Christ is the reason for the season. But we forget that Christ is Love. And by golly jingle bells love had better be your reason for the season.
Welcome and bless all you agnostics and Atheists. I hope you get way into the traditions of man and go hog wild giving from your heart. All you secular humanists, I hope I can join with you in the heartfelt spirit of giving and making others feel loved.
This song was not part of my traditions, the genre was wrong. Until my live in Nephew, Atheist gave it to me for Christmas, 2009. Thanks Kanh!
I used to think that Christmas only resided in this traditional home of my birth.
I think it was the day before Christmas eve. I got some work from Rancher Doc. Yard. We actually loaded hay on a horse drawn sled carriage to get it out to the
And so I am just overjoyed to wish you Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas. And oh baby I mean both. I really really hope and pray that each person gets joy and love during this season that in fact can represent Christ my Lord. I hope you get the love I do from just lifting my young son up to place the star on top of our Christmas tree, and then run for the goodies.
Now back to our interesting mom and dad and their young natural born US citizen and Christian. The dad steeped and mired in the Western Rite of Christmas was amazed. The wife without preconceived notions and still a Buddhist in her first encounter, without any thought or training in the Zen sphere simply instructed when asked “it is what it is, let us enjoy it”. Her next newly Christian experience with it was a simple response; “I love Jesus, it is good to celebrate His birth”. Over a decade later, she calmly – and I do mean calmly goes about with presents from the heart, charitable work and great happiness with her congregational family. And here is the really cool part about our lady mom. The love that she shows at Christmas time really makes one reflect on all the Love she has all year ‘round but is effusive about at her celebration of Christ. Perhaps a mother’s love is the closest to God’s love we can grasp.
So let us cut through all the crap. Our hearts are not dictated to by traditions. Our mind takes care of that. Maybe our enforced feelings of guilt and “must” and “should” creeps into that space between our ears. My elder brother is both a skeptic and a profound scoffer of Christianity. But he and my wonderful sister-in-law do the greatest acts of kindness during this season, and do them with so much love that it makes me have tears of joy knowing of such wonderful people. When we receive their wonderful gifts at Christmas we hug mightily and thank God for such miraculous folks. (of course do not tell my brother that)
So just who owns Christmas? It is clear that no one does. And yet everyone does. It is the coolest gift. We can do it secular. We can do it as a Jew. We can do it as a Christian. We can do it as a son and as a mother. We can do it in any language. We can do it like our mama and our grand mama. We can do it all retail. We can do it like in any stage of Scrooge’s transformation. For sure dudes and dudettes we can do it like a child or like a bride’s first year of marriage. How about doggie treats and extra seed for the birds during the cold chill?
So maybe you can take a page from my book, I do not care except that I care.
Instead of closing with wishing you something, let me close with this; Thank you for being a part of my world as we celebrate how and what we choose. Your special youness makes this a wonderful world.