From atheist, to agnostic to newbie Christian, I am very interested in the “Happy Holidays” versus “Merry Christmas” hullabaloo.
I don’t think that there is anything more boring, vague and generic than the phrase “Happy Holidays.” Is there this great fear of offending someone who does not celebrate Christmas? As a diverse culture, we embrace many religions…most recently; “Happy Hanukkah” (December 1-9.)
The birth of America was founded on Christian principles of Biblical truth and Biblical thinking. Let’s review the first sentence of the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Our founders acknowledged that “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” were gifts from our Creator…fundamental principles that were not given by government.
“Christianity is part of our common law.” (1844 Supreme Court)
“No purpose of action against religion can be imputed to any legislation, state or national because this is a religious people. This is historically true.” (1893 Supreme Court)
“We are a Christian people, according to our motto.” (1930 Supreme Court)
Most people would agree that there are aspects of the Christmas season that are not perfect. But even the non-Christian can appreciate the spirit of giving and the message of love.
I am told every December that I should use “Holiday” versus “Christmas” at my company or I will lose business and turn off potential customers/employees and current employees, customers, and vendors. I can’t do it.
In my case, if I don’t know where I came from, it is going to be nearly impossible for me to establish where I am going. Christmas is pinnacle in my life as are the philosophical origins of the Unites States of America.
I vote Christmas Parade. I vote “Merry Christmas.”