Merry Christmas! Why Happy Holidays?

December 25 is widely recognized as Christmas Day —The Celebration of the Birth of Jesus Christ of Nazareth— an annual commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

There are other religious celebrations and observances which are duly spoken of in terms of reverence and happiness, for example; Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Ramadan, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy? (Other days).

Merry Christmas! Why Happy Holidays?

The North American society has changed and continuously tries to implement changes relative to beliefs and preferences. The over- commercialization of every “Day” has filtered into other societies and cultures and has had a tumultuous effect. In relation to Christmas there has been a concerted effort to change the way of thinking as to the importance of this Day.

Many in the media, politics, and commerce want others to believe that to say Merry Christmas or Happy Christmas is in some way ‘politically incorrect’. Their acceptance of hearing and espousing ‘Happy Holidays’ in reference to December 25 has been trending for a number of years.

Do you think that they do this because it is more profitable to do so?  Do they think that their over-commercialization of Christmas Day may be intrinsically diminished if Christians pay more reverence to the Birth of Christ rather than the latest item for sale?

With all due respects to the faith and beliefs of others I think that reciprocal levels of acceptance must be tolerated. It is paramount that Christians do not get lost in the fray of business and begin to think that it’s not trendy to praise God in every way.

Therefore, on the 25th of December I will always wish you a Merry Christmas.

By Karl A. Haughton

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