Such nice and easy words, though too many folks have turned them into a club. On one side are the folks who insist that only Christians get to celebrate the holidays, so if you say â€œHappy Holidaysâ€ instead of â€œMerry Christmasâ€, youâ€™re doing some terrible damage to the Christian holiday – you might even be offending the Most High, whoâ€™s pretty busy running the whole universe by the way.
To which I say, â€œGet over it.â€
Anyone can celebrate these wonderful holidays in whatever way they want. Just because I call myself a Christian doesnâ€™t mean I get to own this month of the year, and dictate the rules to the holiday that everyone else must follow. To paraphrase Ebenezer, Iâ€™ll keep Christmas however I want, and you get to keep it however you want.
On the other side are the folks who insist on being offended if someone does use the phrase â€œMerry Christmasâ€, as-if uttering this phrase works some sort of dark magic and is part of an evil conversion ritual.
To which I say, equally, â€œGet over it.â€
If I say Merry Christmas to you, itâ€™s because thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m celebrating right now. If you celebrate Kwanzaa or some other holiday instead this time of year, (the list of holidays around the winter solstice is staggering), then simply bid me a happy Kwanzaa in return, or whatever the appropriate phrase would be.
Weâ€™ll both smile, and enjoy the good wishes of our fellow human, and go on about our wonderful celebration.
Rachel Evans posted a really nice article about this topic this year. If you enjoy the post youâ€™re reading, I feel sure youâ€™ll enjoy her post as well.
Today is Christmas Eve 2012. I think I enjoy this day more than Christmas Day itself. I love to stay up late, have a little Oyster Stew, watch the candles burn, and reflect back on the love and wonder the past year has brought to me.
If Iâ€™m up late enough, Iâ€™ll greet â€˜ol St Nick as he comes down my chimney. Weâ€™ll sit by the fire, and share a glass of some really nice Tennessee Whiskey Iâ€™ve been saving for him. Then heâ€™ll climb back up the chimney to go work his magic in every heart across the globe that believes in magic.
And I do.
So, on this most glorious of days, Merry Christmas to you! May all the joy and wonder of the season infect your life as it has mine!