During roughly the past decade, the so-called “War on Christmas” seems to have made great strides in forcing average people to wish everyone “Happy Holidays” rather than “Merry Christmas” for fear of being considered an inconsiderate religious bigot.
After all, Christianity isn’t the only religion celebrating this time of year. The Jewish people have Hanukkah, people of African descent have Kwanzaa (which technically isn’t a religious holiday at all, but try telling that to people screaming “Happy Holidays!” at you in an effort to silence your obvious bigotry), and Muslims have Eid, to name a few major contenders.
Thus, “Happy Holidays” has been touted as the politically correct statement that all people should be using so as not to cause offense to anyone celebrating any of these other non-Christian holidays.
Despite the efforts to use the phrase in avoidance of causing offense to anyone, many Christians take offense at its use, and understandably so, since many perceive that “Jesus is the reason for the season.”
And they are correct. He is the reason that we celebrate Christmas.
The ironic thing, however, is that we really shouldn’t be too offended when people wish us “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.”
Until fairly recently, “Happy Holidays” was considered an acceptable and perfectly Christian phrase to use during the Christmas season. This was because the phrase “Happy Holidays” is really a slightly abbreviated version of the older phrase “Happy Holy Days,” and the “holy days” referred to in the phrase are Christian in origin.
Now it’s true that some people who use the phrase nowadays are actively trying to avoid referring to the Christian “holy days” that inspired the season in this nation, but the fact is that they never can truly escape its source.
In this nation, at least, the principle “holy days” of the season are intrinsically tied to the Christian religion and, it is to be hoped, always will be. Many are even saying “Happy Holidays” without meaning to be anti-Christian at all and are merely hearkening back to the time when that phrase was acceptable to use for Christians and non-Christians alike.
Thus, as Christians, we should react with love towards those wishing us “Happy Holidays,” knowing that it is a perfectly suitable wish for the season and that, if someone is trying to use it as a tool to undermine the Christian holiday (holy day) of Christmas, then the joke is really on them because they have just wished us a blessed Christmas season without realizing it.
And we should bless them right back.