Merry Christ­mas or Happy Hol­i­days? What to say this time of year

Serve Daily - - BUILDING COMMUNITY - By Joe Capell

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”

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