I posted this last year (and still mean every word of it), but am hearing “Merry Christmas” in public much more this year. You?
When I say Merry Christmas in public, I’m often rewarded with a two part response: First, the “Oh, you insensitive boob” look; then the “Ah, but your (baby boomer) generation doesn’t know any better” look.
The Christmases I grew up with were nearly as secular as the “Happy Holidays” are today. True, back then department store employees (whether Christian, Buddhist, or agnostic) said Merry Christmaswhen they handed you your hula hoop or argyle socks. But most of the time it had no more meaning than when one atheist says “goodbye” (Old English for “God be with ye”) to another.
So please don’t forgive me when I wish you aMerry Christmas! Confront me. Rebuke me. Or better yet, ask me why. Because, after growing up saying those words but not believing them—Christmas means “Christ’s Sending”—I fell in love with the one who was…
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