Merry Christmas to all

By Kristen Miller

I don’t understand the big deal about saying “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays.” Just say whatever you celebrate this time of year.

I remember a few years back when this was a big controversy among department stores and how clerks should be politically correct so as to not offend any of their customers.

If I am Christian, which I am, I will tell everyone “Merry Christmas,” since Christmas is the holiday I am celebrating.

If someone greeted me with, “Happy Hanukkah,” I would not spit it back at them and be offended because that is what they are celebrating this time of year and I respect that.

The season shouldn’t be a war of religions. This is a time of joy and celebration.

During my Bible study last week, we had a brief conversation whether or not a person should say “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas” during this traditionally holy time.

According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, the word holiday means “holy day” – a day set aside for special religious observance.

Either way, the Christmas or holiday season is a religious time, a holy time for most people. A person can’t deny that it is. In a recent study, 96 percent of Americans say the Nativity scene should be set-up in shopping centers.

This would be a nice reminder to all those crazy shoppers of what the holiday is really about.

In the case of “Merry Christmas” versus “Happy Holidays,” the majority rules.

I think even non-Christians, or atheists for example, still celebrate the season of Christmas, whether they observe the birth of Jesus Christ or not.

They still buy gifts, they still get together with their families and friends, and they still sing Christmas songs.

Why is there even discussion about using the greetings “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays?” Why isn’t there controversy whether to say “Happy Hanukkah?” After all, if a person is Jewish, that’s what they say whether the recipient is Jewish or not.

I think people are too sensitive and shouldn’t worry about being politically correct.

Say what’s in your heart. If you are Christian and you want the world to know, which is what Jesus would’ve wanted, shout out to the heavens “Merry Christmas!”

After all, this is a holy season throughout America and this shouldn’t be an issue at all.

Christmas trees are just that, they are not holiday trees, like some department stores have chosen to advertise them as.

Decorating a tree is a tradition associated with Christmas. If someone doesn’t celebrate Christmas, why would they purchase a tree at all?

Go anywhere this time of year and all a person can see are decorations associated with Christmas.

This has been the tradition forever, why should it change now?

So, Merry Christmas to all! I’m not afraid to say it.