This is dedicated to my step father-in-law, Richard Nuffer, who passed away Dec. 5, 2012.
A couple of years ago I titled one of these emails “Christmas In Your Face!” Here is what I said then:
“I don’t know about you but I get tired of the way some people make a big deal out of saying “Merry Christmas” and then go on to point out that it is “Merry Christmas” and not “Happy Holidays” or any other kind of greeting. I understand the frustration that Christians can feel when confronted with the pressure of a secular or non-religious co-option of this Christian holiday. But I’m not convinced that being in someone’s face with “Merry Christmas” is what Jesus would do.
My personal preference is still to say “Happy Holidays” to others because the end of December is not only the Christmas Holiday, but it leads to New Years Day as well. That is an official holiday too, just like Christmas. So when I see someone during December who I will not see until January, I include my wishes for the New Year as well as Christmas by saying “Happy Holidays.” And that is not even thinking about those who celebrate Hanukkah or Kwanzaa at the same time of year.”
Though so far this year I’ve not heard the kind of whining comments that prompted that email two years ago, I did run across a great link given me by my friend Deborah Arca at Patheos. Watch that site, it’s big and can be very addicting! Here’s the link from Ms Arca:
Broadening our understanding of Advent/Christmas, and the measure of respect for each other that might be part of Advent/Christmas can make the holiday time a more blessed and profound time.
May your Advent/Christmas time be a time of deepening holiness & respect.