Dec 14, 2005

Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays

I know many people take this to heart. But a church in Raleigh has gone too far.

They are paying for advertising that encourages people to shop at stores that do not say happy holidays but rather Merry Christmas.

As Issac over at Sanctuary says best:
I sure am glad they didn’t spend that money fighting poverty, violence, or injustice!
IMHO - I was taught that you are supposed to offer the greeting of your tradition to others. So Christians say "Merry Christmas" to those they meet and Jews say "Happy Chanukkah" to those they meet and so on. Perhaps we shouldn't get all tied up with this is my point. Simply be glad that we have reason to celebrate--because many others do not.

Story here:

1 comment:

Greg Popcak said...

I agree that the church in question is going too far. There are limits.

That said, I don't buy the ribbing that Christians are taking by the likes of Jon Stewart et al. for making much ado about nothing. Here's how I see it. Christians are generous people. If pagans want to use our traditions to have fun, or to make a buck, fine. I don't have a problem with that. BUT the price of admission for using our holiday for "off the book" purposes is calling the holiday what it is. Let's give props to the people responsible for giving the world so much fun and, yes, profit. To do otherwise is simply cultural plagiarism.

Calling Christmas by its name is a matter of simple respect for the traditions and the people who are being exploited by the pagans who want the joy without the committment.

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