I’m determined to be politically incorrect this year. While airports and municipal buildings are taking down trees and Nativity scenes over fear of lawsuits and everywhere you go, all you see are signs saying “Happy Holidays” and “Seasons Greetings”, I’m reclaiming Christmas.
After all, what is Christmas but the observation of the birth of Jesus Christ? (Although some experts believe his birth really falls sometime in the spring but I won’t go there.) I don’t see anyone making a fuss over Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday or Abraham Lincoln’s or George Washington’s. OK, while the presidents’ birthdays got lumped into one long weekend and no one has yet wished me a Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I think you get my meaning.
What’s the big deal over saying “Merry Christmas”? Whether you believe Jesus is the Son of God, a prophet or just a nice Jewish guy who met an untimely end, you can’t deny the impact he made. What’s wrong with celebrating the birth of a man who preached about love, peace and forgiveness and asked people to treat each other the way they want to be treated? I can’t think of a better time when we could all use a little love, peace and forgiveness. If people actually treated each other with kindness and caring instead of apathy and disrespect, this world would be a better place to live. We’d have a lot less broken hearts and broken lives.
So say “Happy Holidays” if you will or change the name of the decorated spruce in your living room to a “holiday tree”. As for me, I’m going to honor the birth of a poor carpenter who just wanted us all to get along. Merry Christmas!!! I wish you all love, peace, happiness and laughter.