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Merry Christmas or happy holiday?

Published 9:48am Friday, December 14, 2012

To the Editor:

The day we are celebrating is the birth of Jesus Christ.

Like it or not.

So for all of you out there saying and telling your employees to say happy holiday so as not to be offensive to non-believers, or calling a parade or play a “holiday parade” is very offensive to all of us believers.

You are losing more by saying it and not recognizing Christ than you will ever know. If you can’t recognize the day for what it is, then why do you decorate and buy and open gifts?

So take down your holiday tree and stay in the dark. You don’t call the Fourth of July a holiday; you call it the Fourth or Independence Day.

Christmas is Christmas Day not “Holiday.”

You can be politically correct with all the demons, or you can stand for what is right.

Stand with your Savior. Luke 2:11. Born to you this day in the city of David, a savoir who is Christ the Lord.

Merry Christmas to all.

Mark Whaley
Franklin

  • Makalani

    Unfortunately — millions of merchants — many of whom do not celebrate Christmas — have long since removed Christ from Christmas and replaced Christ with $$$$$$mas signs.

    Saying “Happy Holidays” instead of Merry Christmas is the “final decree” in divorcing Christ from Christmas! Let the holiday spending orgy/commercialization of Christmas continue unabated without thinking of the reason for the season!

    But the commercialization of Christmas shouldn’t effect the purist who celebrate it for the right reason and don’t get wrapped up (pun intended) in the commercial hype.

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  • FromHere

    Merry Christmas!

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  • Liberty With Responsibility

    I understand the Christmas tree is to represent the tree in the Garden of Eden! That is NOT a pagan image!

    These protestors are the same people who liked to eat the candy instead of the vegetables at dinner time. They want dessert, but want to skip the main, nutritious food. They want the “goodies” of Christmas, but not acknowledge the Reaason for the Season,” Jesus Christ(mas).

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    • Sinoptik

      I must say that you misunderstood the meaning, I am glad I could help clear it up.

      I think you will find many protesters are not celebrating christmas but one of the many other winter celebrations that I have mentioned, some of which include these stolen symbols. Christians are welcome to them of course, but it becomes an issue when they start to say the originators have no rights to the same symbols.

      Happy Yalda

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      • snowball

        First I appreciate your passion for what you believe. Trees however in pagan tradition have very significant meaning and in fact symbolized life and a connection with the underworld. Often pagans tied themselves to tries as a form of worship. Many practicing pagans of today refuse to cut down a tree as a sign of respect and fear of breaking the all important connection with the underworld. I find it difficult to believe the pagans of the past would disrespect such a highly prestigious symbol as a tree by cutting it down. Yes they decorated with small pieces of greenery cut from a tree but the whole tree seems a bit extreme for their beliefs.

        My point is not to say you and your beliefs are wrong for they are just that, your own. I intend only to show whatever view point one has may have more than one way of looking at things and should not be judged by another.

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      • Sinoptik

        Snowball, you are correct, even ancient pagans saw evergreens as sacred because of their ability to defy the natural tendency of other trees to lose their leaves through winter. They believed there was a strong life force inside an evergreen. This was not true of all trees, of course, or they would have died without fire. Take a neopagan into the woods one winter and after the first night they’ll be cutting down a tree too.

        They did, however, ceremoniously select an evergreen tree to bring inside with respect and honor and blah blah blah. Whenever they did go from trudging out in the middle of the night to worship the tree to selecting and bringing one in is irrelevant as it is widely accepted that the bringing in of a tree is a holdover from pre-christian Germanic tribes.

        Even if everything I have studied is absolutely incorrect, it is still far more likely than having an evergreen tree as a symbol for an event that happened in the desert, c’mon, I’ve been there, if the tradition was having a date tree in your living room I would not be talking.

        In the end I must say I have no beliefs; I have knowledge based on actual facts. If there is something that cannot be explained I have the good common sense and decency to shrug my shoulders and keep my mouth shut until I can search out and find the facts. I certainly do not take a single reference or version as (pardon the term) gospel.

        Happy Saturnalia.

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  • Sinoptik

    And while I am wishing all well at the time of the Winter Solstice, let me see if I can clean up this seemingly hastily written letter of exclusionary and pharisaical language.

    We can start with the easy one, Independence day is indeed a recognized federal holiday but it still should not be used to bolster your argument about the “holidays” in December. This is because the Fourth of July is a US specific holiday that is not celebrated by other cultures and countries.

    As for the statement “Happy Holidays”, there are at least a dozen (that I can think of off the top of my head) modern culturally specific winter celebrations going on at this time, and hundreds that are no longer observed. A store owner, public office, or guy on the street that makes the statement “Happy Holidays” is in effect saying, enjoy your celebration whomever you are and however you see fit. Where is the scandal there.

    When I was a youngster (and a religious person) “Happy Holidays” was a normal thing to hear and it was normally deciphered to mean the sum total of various events (Advent, St Nicholas’ Day, christmas eve, christmas day, and the following twelve including New Years day). It was no big deal.

    It wasn’t until certain people wanted to market christianity as “under threat” that all of this became an issue. That sparked the newest of holiday traditions, which is the bickering, exclusion and pseudo-victimization of the inarguablely religious majority in America.

    Now I could go on with some more specifics about “christmas”, but I feel that this response is good as it stands.

    Happy Holidays all, and may your celebration not be marred by ignorance.

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    • employee2

      And why would they change the name to holiday tree? The Christmas tree is not associated with any of the other holidays?

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      • Sinoptik

        The Yule Tree was originally part of the ancient Germanic tribes Pagan Solstice celebration. Evergreen trees, wreaths, and boughs were brought indoors as a symbol of everlasting life in relation to the new sun.

        As these groups later adopted christianity, they kept many of these symbols, which many hundreds of years later, would be seen by the masses as originating with christmas. Solstice was also adopted as the birth of this particular sun god because it was already a much celebrated day long before christianity was invented. In fact,The Winter Solstice was always on the 25th until Pope Gregory updated the calender to shift pagan celebrations away from the adopted christian holidays.

        So, if I cared about having a Yule tree anymore, I would be more correct in being upset with you calling my Yule tree a christmas tree.

        Happy Hanukkah.

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      • employee2

        The history of how it came to be does not change the fact that it is now associated as a “Christmas Tree”. Whether it came from pagan ancestry does not change the significance of the current use. You don’t call a Menorah a candle holder.

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      • Sinoptik

        It is still associated with Solstice and Yule. You are still free to call it a christmas tree all you want, but my point stands as it has from the beginning, there is no need to get in a tizzy over sharing it with other cultures, they don’t mind.

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    • happycamper

      Can hardly believe it, Sinoptik, but I agree with you!

      Taking your letter one more step: The word “holiday” itself was derived from the words “Holy Day”. And you’re correct in saying that there are many such days celebrated during this period of the year.

      I will continue to use the greeting, “Merry Christmas” when I write to or meet people during these days. That’s the holiday I’m concentrating on, and I mean no offense and hope none is taken if you are NOT celebrating Christmas!

      On the other hand, if I am greeted by “Happy Holidays”, I will take no offense, and will likely reply, “Thank you. And a Merry Christmas to you.”

      And … yes … it IS a Christmas tree!!! No other holiday has this as one of its symbols, so it remains, rightly so, a unique symbol of Christmas. If there’s one in a store or a school or whereever, just call it what it is … a Christmas tree. If you’re not willing to do that, just don’t put one up!

      The whole issue is a “made up” war. Get a life, and quit being so ridiculously thin-skinned.

      And … MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!!!

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  • Sinoptik

    Happy Solstice to you all.

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  • JV
  • kingradman

    I agree 100 percent. I personaly make it a point to say “merry christmas!”

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