I posted a version of this on Facebook a few years ago and now I want to share it here. I may be preaching to the choir, but I feel the need to rant for a minute, or two, or three….
I looked up the definition of Christmas in my old-fashioned, paper and ink (probably out-dated) Miriam-Webster Dictionary, the one that has met my needs since college. “Christmas: a Christian holiday that is celebrated on December 25 in honor of the birth of Jesus Christ, or the period of time that comes before and after this holiday”.
Why would I say anything other than Merry Christmas? How could that possibly be offensive to anyone? I am wishing you nothing but love, peace, and the grace made possible by my faith in Jesus Christ. Wishing these things for you is no reflection on what you choose to believe. Can I not wish you the best that I know?
If someone were to tell me Happy Hanukkah or Joyous Kwanzaa, I’d smile, and tell them thank you. If someone tells me Happy Holidays, I smile, and tell them thank you. I don’t understand the rationale for anger at someone’s authentic wish for happiness, no matter the language in which it’s given, or the holiday it’s referencing. If you’d like to educate me about your customs and beliefs, I’m a willing student. I’d be happy to celebrate your holiday with you, especially if there is food involved. I’m certain that I would have a merry old time!
That being said, I wish each and every one of you the very warmest, merriest Christmas ever. May your family traditions and beliefs bring you peace, happiness, and love! Please remember that my normal may be a few steps beyond your normal but it’s all good!