I had another post ready to go today, and then I started watching video clips from my blog reader at 11:30 last night, and then I got all annoyed.
So, if you are offended by the use of “Happy Holidays,” “Season’s Greetings,” and other such statements, and if you consider it a personal crusade to “keep the Christ in Christmas,” I have a few questions for you.
1. Isn’t the presence of Christ in our celebrations up to us—the people who believe in him—not the random salesclerk at Kohl’s?
2. Isn’t the celebration a wonder-full, awestruck time of reflection that our God has come to be with us, not a time to buy your nephew a sweater? At Kohl’s?
3. Isn’t it thoroughly American that our biggest holiday revolves around buying stuff for people who don’t need it? Isn’t it typically evangelical that we pick this issue to get kerfluffled about during that season?
4. Aren’t there other legitimate holidays celebrated at this time by people of other backgrounds and religions, and should we expect everyone we talk to to automatically know which faith tradition we affiliate with and how to greet us? Isn’t it actually more gracious on the part of someone (say, I don’t know, a cashier at Kohl’s) to offer a more generic greeting that respects everyone? Aren’t you still free to respond with a Merry Christmas?
5. Does it really affect your experience of the holiday one. little. bit? Or are you turning a micro issue into a macro crusade because it allows room for lots of righteous anger without having to actually do anything difficult? (See #3.)
6. Didn’t we originally steal Christmas from pagan winter festivals before turning it into Christ’s Mass?
7. And you know a lot of people who don’t believe in Christ still celebrate it, right?
8. Bottom line: Do we really think Christ is honored by our orgies of consumerism and gluttony as long as we put his name on it?
I’m feeling grouchy, and their perky red sweaters aren’t helping.