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article imageOp-Ed: We say 'Merry Christmas,' but you can say 'Happy Holidays'

By Abigail Prendergast     Dec 22, 2011 in Lifestyle
Christmas is a time of reflection, of family and of celebration. A few billion people worldwide also use it to observe the birth of Jesus Christ. This is not a time for either side to bash the other for saying "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays."
A few days from now, many families around the world will spend Christmas morning opening gifts, attending church or taking part in a variety of festivities if not two or all three of these activities. The holiday known as Christ's Mass, is a day those of the Christian faith come to observe the birth of their chosen Savior, Jesus Christ.
Despite the fact that this holiday, celebrated by a few billion, was actually a tactic developed by the Roman Empire designed to keep the three major religions at the time, (Christianity, Judaism and Paganism) in order. To accomplish this, Pagan holidays such as the Feast of Ishtar became Easter and the feast celebrating the Winter Solstice was turned into Christmas.
This sense of mind controlling lust set aside, most Christians are already aware that not only are a lot of "Christmas" traditions Pagan, but Jesus' precise date of birth is not actually known. The tree, the mistletoe and Santa Claus are all taken from sources that are anything but Christian, but to the believer who celebrate this December holiday, all those facts are arbitrary.
All that believers in God and Jesus Christ wish to do is celebrate the birth of the one whom they believe came to earth to save their souls from eternal damnation. It doesn't matter what day their Savior happened to be born. All that does matter, is that they observe Him for what they truly believed He had accomplished and celebrate the fact that He was indeed born.
They also realize that not everybody chooses to follow this path, nor do they feel inclined to force others to do it. Saying "Happy Holidays" as opposed to "Merry Christmas" should not throw believers into a frenzy regarding "taking the Christ out of Christmas." By the same token, people who wish to say "Merry Christmas" should be allowed to say such without having to suffer negative repercussions.
This is the time of year when you gather with your family, when you reminisce on good times over a glass of egg nog, and - if you are a Christian - celebrate the birth of Christ. It shouldn't be a reason to get on anybody's case about what phrase they should use, as whichever phrase they want to use is fine. Neither side should be allowed to shove the "appropriate" saying down anybody's throat.
If saying "Happy Holidays" seems more appropriate to you, then go ahead and say it. Just don't tell those who would rather say "Merry Christmas" they have to say it.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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