Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays? What to say this time of year
Itwould seem the world is divided into two camps: people who say “Merry Christmas” and people who say “Happy Holidays.” (And a few grumpy souls who say “Bah, humbug.”) Unfortunately, there are folks who think that because they say different things than others, they are involved out of “Christmas.” Poor “Happy Holidays” in some kind of “war” with each has gotten caught in the crossfire of other. this war on Christmas.
It started when some people decided Happy Holidays is not anti-Christian. to get offended, as people often do these When I say “Happy Holidays,” I am usually days, when they were wished “Merry referring to the entire season between Christmas.” In the minds of these people, Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. You in the parking lot on the west side of the “Merry Christmas” is an ostracizing, offensive see, the word “Holidays” is plural, meaning temple and ready to track the rising moon. and possibly even insulting term “more than one” holiday. And it certainly However, on Tuesday the 15th the sky had that excludes all people who are not Christians. shouldn’t be offensive to wish for a thin overcast which defused the moonlight. These people decided (for everyone) someone to be happy during Christmas, The moon rises in an arc, and I had that it would be better to say “Happy Holidays” New Year’s, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus to move the camera and tripod from the than “Merry Christmas” because or any other holiday anyone might southwest corner of the temple parking lot “Happy Holidays” is a greeting that appears celebrate. Happiness is a good thing! to the west center of the parking lot. When inclusive to all people, Christians So, if someone tells you “Merry the moon was directly behind Moroni, the and non-Christians alike. Christmas” or “Happy Holidays,” please tripod had to be moved a few inches for However, some other people were offended, don’t be offended. They’re just wishing each exposure. as people often are these days, you well. Everyone wants you to be merry
The photo concept is what I wanted and when they were told they could no longer and happy on Christmas and throughout makes a neat photo possibility. A clear sky say “Merry Christmas.” To these people the holiday season. ( With the possible would have made the photo work better. the greeting “Happy Holidays” is an assault exception of those “Bah, humbug” I learned a lot from my effort to photo on the holiday of Christmas. It’s a people.) Moroni positioned in front of the moon. declaration of war! For more funny-ish stuff, please check This project also illustrates the time and It’s an overreaction, from both sides. out slowjoe40.com. effort often required to pursue a vision or If someone says “Merry Christmas” a project. to you, the chances are they are simply wishing you well. They literally want you to be “merry” at Christmastime. “Merry” means to be cheerful and festive. These are GOOD things. And everyone Nick and Elyse Miller of Santaquin are in America who isn’t living under a rock the proud parents of Mason Austin Miller, (and many who are) knows that Dec. 25 is born on Nov. 17, 2016, at 2 p.m. He Christmas, whether they celebrate the holiday is 7 pounds, 6 ounces and 19 inches long. or not. So, if someone wishes you a He has three siblings: Madison, Miley and “Merry Christmas,” they are quite literally McCade. telling you to be cheerful on Dec. 25. No need to be offended!
Meanwhile, some people seem to think that when others say “Happy Holidays” they are launching a direct assault on Christianity by trying to take the “Christ”