I began listening to Christmas music in October. Don’t judge me. The season goes fast and I love the carols of our faith. And that leads me to make a plea. Please, please, please, could we be done, forever, with Christmas wars? If I were God for a day, I would fine every preacher who complains that “they” have taken Christ out of Christmas. The penalty? Either no watching football on TV for two weeks or eight consecutive hours of listening to “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” whichever is the greater punishment.
Let’s stop looking for a fight where none exists. I’m frankly too busy and too filled with the season’s joy to worry about whether a store clerk tells me “Happy holidays” or “Merry Christmas.” There are so many legitimate justice issues in our world; why fabricate a culture war where none exists?
The phrase “happy holidays” is not secular or devoid of the spiritual. The word “holiday” is a blend of the phrase “holy day.” So when someone offers, “Happy Holidays,” stop grousing. Consider this analogy.