Blogging has been slow lately, but I seriously doubt that at this time of year too many people are glued to the computer screen. At any rate, I just wanted to wish all of you happy holidays—Christmas, Hanukkah, etc.
Much fuss has been made about the supposed “War on Christmas,” but on my visit home to see my family, I overheard something once or twice that jogged my memory and got me to thinking. I heard people–real people exercising their own discretion–say to one another, “Have a nice holiday.” What is more, I can remember hearing this phrase throughout my entire life in the area in which I was raised. So if real people use this phrase, why can’t store employees? What then makes it an assault on Christmas?
Of course, I think sometimes that people can be too p.c. about the appropriate holiday greeting. A few years ago, I slipped up and accidentally wished a friend of mine “Merry Christmas.” I immediately realized my mistake, given that he is Muslim, and the look on my face surely showed this. His response? “Merry Christmas to you, too.” That kind of graciousness is instructive.
Jeff Tucker has made quick work of all this nonsense on Inside Catholic.
And remember, Christmas has twelve days, culminating in the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6, so let the celebration continue. I leave my decorations up until February 2, the Feast of the Presentation in the Temple.