Someone make them stop. Please! With all the headaches associated with this major holiday I do not need to be confronted by some overzealous Christian adult stranger who insists on correcting me when I pleasantly wish them , "Happy holidays !". They are too impolite to respond with "Same to you." or someother socially acceptable reciprocation. No! They must correct me by telling me to, "Say 'Merry Christmas'." They offer a message that sounds a lot like a reprimand to me. Someone please tell me when it became acceptable behavior to correct another adult, someone who is being friendly.
For you socially inept Christians who are following instruction given to you on Advent Sunday by some equally dogmatic and pedantic preacher, allow me to explain what I
mean when I'm saying "Happy holidays!"
Firstly, I mean no insult. Since you are a stranger, and I am merely being friendly--I can not judge if you are a Christmas celebrating-in the religious sense of the holiday-type-person or some Jew who likes the idea of a Chanukkah tree, or a Muslim who's into giving gifts or a truly enlightened person who celebrates all of the holidays that are celebrated during this time of year--Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Wiccan Fests, Islamic observances even the western world's New Year. The list is long. Rather than try to guess what is the appropriate thing to say to you, or risk being told "Oh I don't celebrate Christmas", I use the generic "Happy holidays!" and move on with my holiday, everyday good attitude.
So you know Mr. or Ms Stranger, I wish Merry Christmas to my family and friends and the people whom I know share the belief that Christ is Lord. (Yes I realize in Christiandom there are no strangers which accounts for the practicing pedophiles in the Protestant church denominations as well as the Roman Catholic Church and the overwhelming
generosity exhibited by practicing Christians in the United States 365 days a year.) I know the Bible says to go into the world and proclaim the good news. Must you be so pushy, especially during this time of "peace on earth, goodwill toward men"? It reminds me of that insulting phrase that was in vogue among some Christians a few years ago. Remember the term "completed Jew"?
Some theologians, preachers if you will, are just over the top. Too much hyperbole. I say get over yourself Rev. Why not teach your followers to be kind, loving and appropriately righteous with indignation like the Christ I've read about in the New Testament. Ooops! I forgot. Some of you preachers and other Christians don't know what's in the Bible. That's why you're upset when someone calls to your attention the incestuous relations, the murder and other unscrupulous activities told throughout the book, both Old and New Testament. If you haven't read it, you don't know what you've missed. I've found it to be a great read.
Another thing--this is America where people have freedom to worship anyway they wish or not. Since we live in America, I believe it is bigoted and presumptuous to think everyone believes as you do. Really I think it's ignorant.
So I say to all of you practicing hypocrites, let's sincerely and respectfully put the CHRIST back into CHRISTmas"Happy holidays!"
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