Father David Andrew of the St. James Anglican church in Carleton Place posted the above image on his Facebook page last week. I think it just about said everything to me.
It’s that time of year again when many engage in an annual ritual that recycles arguments whether people should say Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas to one another. In fact I had to tell my American friend when she visited here last year not to get hot and bothered if some Canadian greeted her with a “Merry Christmas” which they did in droves.
It baffles my mind how everyone debates a festive greeting. There are no negative feelings or hate behind any of these greetings, yet people get offended. Sometimes I hesitate to say anything for fear the greeting I choose will be taken as a political statement of some sort. Well done, people! I just don’t get it.
Many of the most popular Christmas customs – including Christmas trees, mistletoe, Christmas presents, and Santa Claus – are modern incarnations of pagan rituals. Apparently, Jesus was born in January and the tree was also taken from the pagans. My Grandmother always insisted on baking a birthday cake for Jesus every Christmas. Of course her Saviour preferred a chocolate Snowman-shaped cake.
In Malaysia, an officially Muslim country, mall displays in Kuala Lumpur make any American Christmas display look dull. The Japanese eat Christmas cake and line up to get their Christmas meal from KFC. You can love Christmas without religion as it’s all about perspective. If Christmas is about Jesus to you, that’s just fine. I was born Jewish, but raised Christian, but still light candles for Hanukkah. For others it’s about family, decorations, and what not.
If someone says Merry Christmas to a person that doesn’t celebrate they can kindly correct them or simply reply with Happy Holidays. It’s not meant to be offensive, people shouldn’t take it that way. Honestly, there’s no wrong way to do a holiday based on a Coca Cola marketing campaign.