Merry Happy Happy Chrishannakwanadan

Elias Hubbard
December 22, 2017

In wishing someone "Merry Christmas", even someone who is not Christian, what we are doing is sharing our hope for the holiday with them.

Happy birthday wishes go out next week to Allen Goins, Sunday; Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, Jackie Shanks and Mike Shanks, Monday; my great niece, Alysann Smith, Tuesday; Carol Short, Johnathan Portwood and Michelle Harrison, Friday; and T.C. Bogie, Saturday. Besides, it seems kind of artificial; although, like John Lennon sang, "You can celebrate anything you want", and I'm good with that. This care for the community, and focus on those who are in need, is held by many people as one of the primary principles of the Christmas season.

At times, I have received letters to the editor or other messages from people insisting "Merry Christmas" is the only appropriate greeting at this time of year. "Are you afraid to say Christmas?" I freely use that phrase with my friends and associates, and think that by far the vast majority of our country men and women respond positively to that term.

And so, in an attempt at inclusiveness, I offer my warmest Season's Greetings to one and all. I've not had time to watch as many Christmas movies as I'd like.

Personally, I like saying "happy holidays" because it implies duration, like let's be extra warm and friendly to each other, not just for a day but for a whole six- or seven-week season.

Perhaps the phrase now draws such ire because of a broader attempt to neutralize Christmas as a significant holiday.

Seventy percent of Clinton voters say it doesn't make a difference, with 23 percent preferring Merry Christmas, and 7 percent preferring Happy Holidays. In other words, several holidays, which is why we've always said or sung, or bought cards that say happy holidays, and that was always a good, warm, friendly thing to say. There are some, like the solstice, that are bigger than business, bigger than belief, and even bigger than history, and I have a special fondness for them.

Merry Happy Happy Chrishannakwanadan
Merry Happy Happy Chrishannakwanadan

However, recognizing that not everyone lives in my world (happy place that it is), I have a solution that should fill the bill.

I wish everyone a happy, holy and safe Christmas. And it doesn't - or at least it shouldn't - affect my own Christmas celebrations.

Any Druids in my office are SOL.

And for those who are upset because they celebrate no holiday whatsoever, have a nice Monday.

A new Knights of Columbus-Marist poll finds that almost 60 percent of Americans overwhelmingly favor "Merry Christmas" to the more neutral "Happy Holidays", a slight increase from last year's 57 percent.

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