Thursday, December 1, 2011

Wonderful Incarnation Day

Hello frosty December!  I've heard a lot said about how Christians need to be sure to say 'Merry Christmas' this time of year instead of the heretical 'Happy Holidays'.  After all, the heathen Baal-worshippers said that I guess.  I am glad to use the word Christmas, or Christ, whenever I can.  But when you think about it, who says 'merry' anymore.  The only time that word is used, other than in Merry Christmas, is when someone quotes Shakespeare, or KJV, by saying 'eat, drink and be merry'.  So it's an archaic word.  Kind of like singing My Old Kentucky Home, where some group of people are 'gay', oh yeah, that was 'darkies' who were gay.  Another word that has mercifully been removed from current language.  By the way, what homosexual genius thought 'gay' would would work nicely as a descriptor for sexual orientation?   

Anyway, I guess Happy Christmas, or Joyful Christmas doesn't have the same ring to it.  
And there is an old-time nostalgia to the perennial greeting of Merry Christmas.  But if I, as a self-avowed and practicing Christian, find the debate over saying Merry Christmas a little silly, how do you think all the non-Christians find it?  I'd file this under 'Pick your battles wisely'.

Wonderful Incarnation Day to you all.


  1. I like Happy Christmas! I don't get so bent out of shape about people saying Happy Holidays because to me, it's accurate. Obviously I call Christmas by it's name but I think of the holidays as being everything between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day. It's a way to be all inclusive and say Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year all at once. I do stick to Merry Christmas right around Christmas and obviously just Happy New Year after Christmas. But like you said, this debate is a bit silly.

  2. Yeah, as mentioned in the Thanksgiving post, holiday means holy day. So you've still got religious context even with that.