I was worried when I started reading this post by (Christian) Jennifer McGrail about a recent shopping experience and the cashier who assisted her family:
And then, he said it.
The thing that would cause me to roll my eyes and hurry home to write the store a scathing letter detailing exactly why I would be hereby boycotting their store forever.
He said, “Happy Holidays.”
In front of my children. How dare he say such a thing to me? How dare he try to take the Christ out of my Christmas? What is the matter with our stores, and our society, today?? I felt so offended and disrespected that I couldn’t even utter a word. I angrily snatched the receipt from his hand. I gathered the kids as quickly as I could, grabbed my groceries, and hightailed it out of there. I vowed never to return again.
…. thankfully, she’s only kidding.
She doesn’t understand how *anyone* — Christians included — could get so worked up when someone says “Happy holidays.” If you want to celebrate the birth of Christ, that’s your business. If you enjoy giving presents and you find joy in spending time with your family and you don’t give a damn about Jesus, that’s fine, too.
Actually, McGrail admitted a couple things that I rarely hear in the Christian world:
And if you’re going to split hairs about who should and should not celebrate Christmas, it’s worth noting that 1) Jesus was most likely NOT born on December 25th, and 2) most of what we all do at Christmas time –- even as Christians — are things we borrowed and adapted from pagan traditions, not the other way around.
Not every day you hear a Christian speak the truth
So when your Facebook friends complain about someone saying “Happy Holidays,” respond with a link to this piece. Let them know that not all Christians are as possessive of a holiday that was never even theirs to begin with.
(Thanks to Jezzi for the link!)