Sunday, December 25, 2011
The War on New Year's
Then we got lazy and started saying "Happy Holidays." A two word catch-all greeting was much less of a mouthful than the six-word greeting that covered the whole holiday season.
And then the next day we could start thinking about Valentine's Day.
But then certain people got concerned that our abbreviated greeting was giving short shrift to Christ's birthday. After all, without Christ there would be no holiday season. They don't celebrate all those holidays. They just celebrate one, but they start it on Thanksgiving and finish up sometime after January 1. So they took offense at the suggestion that there was more than one holiday in the "season."
It's bad enough that Thanksgiving gets the smack-down when it is clearly part of the Christmas season now, but New Year's is no longer recognized either. These people want us to say "Merry Christmas" without adding "and Happy New Year." They are rewriting history, claiming that "Merry Christmas is all that was ever said.
But some of us know better, and it's up to us to stand up for what's Right and True. If you know any sanctimonious Christians who claim that "Christ is the reason for the season," walk right up to them from December 26 through January 1, and say "HAPPY NEW YEAR."