The Holy Days are upon us! That’s right! I wish you Happy Holydays! I do this without shame or reservation. The etimology of the word “Holiday” comes from the words Holy Day. Thus, when I wish someone “Happy Holidays” I am not committing an affront, or being blasphemous. Rather, I am connecting all of these holy days together and wishing season’s greetings for the holiday seasons: Thanksgiving, the weeks of Advent, Hanukkah, Christmas, and the New Year!
The “War on Christmas” is a tag line for certain groups to make claims that you are not being a good person of faith if you use any greeting other than “Merry Christmas” after wishing people “Happy Thanksgiving”. As if a Starbucks cup could take the Christ out of Christmas!
The truth is that the “War on Christmas” isn’t words at all. It is the blatant consumerism that calls people at this time of year to move away from holy days to obsess about their spending ways. When we, as Christians, care more about giving and receiving gifts than experiencing the Holy, we miss the mark. These things are secondary to the opportunities we have to open our hearts and experience the wonder and mystery of the season!
The key here is to keep the holidays alive after we put away the tinsel and the tree. We are called by our faith to cerebrate holy days throughout the year! Remember the 4th Commandment? “Remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy” (Exodus 20:8) outlines a weekly holiday that we are to observe.
So, when you hear, as you will, that those “ungodly people” are committing a war on Christmas because they say, “Happy Holidays” or “Season’s Greetings”, ask yourself if it really matters. I submit that it doesn’t. I am free to use whatever words I choose to express my feelings during the holidays. I don’t buy the hype brought on by those who proclaim a religious (and sometimes secular) superiority to those who don’t choose the same words as they do at this time of year.
So…I wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, an Awesome Advent, Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays!
There! That should cover most of it! And not one ounce of disrespect or blasphemy!