Happy Holidays???

by Steve Ray on December 18, 2007

Tonight I took my beautiful wife of 31 years out to dinner. As always, more that anything I love being alone with her and discussing a hundred important things together. (Most of my creativity takes place when I am alone with her.)

But that is not what I am writing about, sorry!

HappyHolidaysNO.jpgAfter our dinner the waiter took our payment and said, "Happy Holidays!" and turned to leave.

I said, "Merry Christmas, we prefer to keep CHRIST in Christmas!"

He was startled and stopped. He turned and looked at me. Then he said, "Thank you! Me too! Thanks! I get tired of all that political correctness. Merry Christmas to you too!"

SantaBows.jpgYou know, I think he wanted to say "Merry Christmas" to me, but he was either required to say "Happy Holidays" or he was just culturally conditioned or afraid to say it. Either way, I hope I had a small impact in his life.

I encourage everyone this year to assert themselves — say "Merry Christmas" and tell everyone why you insist upon that greeting! Glorify the Lord, have an effect on your culture, and encourage others that WANT to say Merry Christmas to break down and actually DO IT!

By the way, "Happy Holidays" comes from the phrase "Happy Holy Days" and so even the "politically correct" people are unknowingly acknowledging the sacredness of Advent–without even knowing it. It PAYS to be culturally, historically and biblically correct. Only fools are "politically correct."

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Erik December 19, 2007 at 4:53 PM

I disagree with you here. The War on Christmas is a total sham. I don’t need other people to say “Merry Christmas” in order for Christmas to have a meaning for me; I don’t even need the culture recognizing Christmas at all. Christians have forgotten that we originally did live in a culture that not only didn’t recognize us, but persecuted us. Who cares if they say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays? It has meaning for me either way.

Dan Weedin December 20, 2007 at 1:49 AM

I agree with you, Steve. More than anything because I do believe there are people out there who want to say Merry Christmas, just like we always did 20 years ago, but have been “trained” otherwise. I’ve got to admit, it even happened to me from years of being in the business world. A couple of years ago, I realized it and have made a conscious effort to re-train me. Not only has it had a wonderful effect on me but everyone wishes me a Merry Christmas in return…with a smile.

A great Christmas gift to be sure!

Merry Christmas.

susie melkus January 4, 2008 at 7:58 AM

And I concur. We not only keep Christ in Christmas, but also MASS!

Mary Christ Mass, as one fine moderator on CHNI forums said, which is a theology lesson for some who forgot that Mary gave us Jesus and Jesus gave us Mass….it’s another way to say Merry Christmas.

PAX, and Merry Christmas and God bless us everyone!

Steve Ray January 8, 2008 at 5:27 PM

From a friend and fellow pilgrim:


Below is a letter I sent to REI who pretends Christmas does not exist. I went to the Holy Land with you in March 2007. Remember Fran and the Camel.

Customer Issues
Sumner, WA 98352-0001
Cc: REI at Manhattan Beach, CA those listed below.

Dear REI

On December 27 2007 I was shopping at the Manhattan Beach, CA store. While waiting in line to check out I noticed a sign saying “after holiday sale”. I asked the check out person why didn’t it say after Christmas sale. I was told that REI didn’t want to offend anyone who wasn’t a Christian (Jewish, etc). I said I was a Catholic/Christian and was offended. REI is a company who wants to profit from Christmas while pretending it doesn’t exist. REI would never even think of offending anyone because of their race but Catholic/Christians are fair game. I canceled my membership of 30 years (C0 op# 01045480-S). With a little research I found other places to buy what I need at better prices. REI isn’t the only game in town.

William Sheldon
CC: Alliance Defense Fund

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