Saturday, December 19, 2009

Merry Christmas... Or Happy Holidays? (Weekend Whine)

I may be about to touch on a nerve with some of you, but in the interest of peace and goodwill to ALL during this special time of year, I'd like to offer an explanation to those of you who seem to get offended when someone wishes you "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas."

Some background information first. I am and will always be a Christian. And by that proclamation, I must devoutly hold true to the belief that "Jesus is the reason for the season," and "Let's put the Christ back in Christmas." I feel a strong message needs to be sent to all my Christian sisters and brothers that our beliefs mandate that we put Christ first in the celebration of Christmas. Of course, there is room for all of the other traditions that accompany this joyful honoring of Christ's birth, but He will remain first and foremost in my thoughts and prayers on Christmas.

That being said, I must admit that I get a little miffed at those who campaign against the retail establishments who have chosen to go the route of wishing their patrons "Happy Holidays." Does it not make sense to you (and you know who you are) that there are other faiths in this world we live in and that by wishing us "Happy Holidays," regardless of faith or tradition, we are ALL being wished good will, peace and happiness at this time of year?

I worked as a dental hygienist for thirty years. And during those years, I got to know many of my patients on a personal level. If I knew they were Christian and/or celebrated Christmas in whatever way they'd become accustomed to, I wished them a "Merry Christmas" when I greeted them. However, if I didn't know their traditions or beliefs, I wished them "Happy Holidays." It's the right thing to do when you're in a professional/public business environment. It shows respect rather than lack thereof. I mean no disrespect for my Lord and Savior. Quite the contrary, I'm showing Him that I love Him by respecting others' beliefs and that I accept the differences between myself and my neighbor.

Thank you for reading another edition of Weekend Whine. It's what I do when there's nothing good on TV on a Saturday night. We'll return to regularly scheduled programming next week. Lots of fattening Christmas/holiday goodies to get your cholesterol good and ready to take the New Year's diet plunge.... promise.

14 comments:

Jenn said...

thank you. for getting it. for being what a christian *should* be...accepting and understanding. thank you for being you.

Frieda said...

Amen! Thank you for standing up for your beliefs and for being respectful of others~

Cathy (breadexperience) said...

I second that!

Melaina25 said...

As someone who grew up celebrating and celebrates Christmas and Chanukah, I really appreciate when people are all inclusive!

My boss here in the UK tried to tell me that "Happy Holidays" undemines British traditions and is an "American thing." No, it's about including everyone regardless of what they do or do not celebrate. You'd hope she'd have more understanding since she's also a minister!

HoneyB said...

I don't think this is a whine! However, I'm glad you addressed this! I too was brought up in a Christian home and still hold my Christian beliefs - but I work in education. I work where the majority of our graduate students are from foreign countries. Some are Christian, some aren't. I in general will wish Happy Holidays because of this, unless like you, I know they are Christian. People need to get their bugs out of their butt!

Moogie said...

You go girl! Maybe you and I were at the same protesting events back in the sixties.

June said...

I'm with ya too on this one Mags.

Megan said...

I couldn't have said it any better! Merry Christmas from our home to yours!!!

Linda said...

Amen!

Merry Christmas!

Karen said...

I agree. Too many people love to jump on bandwagons!

Mags said...

It's nice to see so much support on this matter! Thanks to all of you for commenting.

Barbara Bakes said...

I never understood why people get upset over happy holiday greetings either. Even if they are Christian wishing happy holidays doesn't mean you're putting down Christmas, but perhaps you are also including a nice new years celebration as well. Lighten up people!

Denise said...

I couldn't agree more with all the points you stated! Love you.

Hugs,
Denise

--p.s. where's my Christmas card????

Patricia in Denver said...

Well said and quite right!