Thursday, December 3, 2009

Season's Greetings! . . . the battle heats up

I'm taking off the gloves, but in a good way.  I don't know about you but I'm weary of the annual battle about holiday greetings this time of year and I'm ready to take off the gloves and lay them down.  I'm a Christian and I celebrate Christmas but here's a news flash for you:  Not everybody is and not everybody does.  While I will continue to affirm my beliefs by wishing people a Merry Christmas, I think that as Christians, we undermine our own cause by practically insisting that all others use the same greeting and insinuating that anything other than Merry Christmas is an insult to Christianity.  It's as though Happy Holidays have become fightin' words!  In this season of the year, many other faiths also celebrate significant spiritual events and they have that right as do I.  If my Jewish friends want to wish me a Happy Hanukkah, I will graciously accept that greeting.  If the Seinfeld  groupies want to wish me a Happy Festivus for the Rest of Us, so be it.

USA Today published an article recently that focused on The Gap's "Whatever-You-Wannakuh" ad campaign and offered an interesting perspective on the issue of holiday greetings.The writer quotes Cathleen Falsani of the Chicago Sun-Times who points out that while other faiths also celebrate during this season, the celebration of the birth of Christ is certainly the most significant celebration that's observed at this time.  There's a difference between taking Christ out of Christmas and respecting the traditions of other faiths and one is not necessarily exclusive of the other.  I think I can steadfastly hold on to the Christ-centered meaning of Christmas without insulting those who celebrate differently.

How do you think that Christians can preserve the Christ-centered meaning of Christmas without making the holiday greeting the issue?  

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