12/24/2013 12:43:00 PM Editorial Merry Christmas to all
Merry Christmas! Those people offended by this probably won't want to read any further. Just using the phrase generates passionate responses, pro and con. Most of us would rather avoid the angry looks and shouted arguments when zealots of both sides try to convince the other of their reasons for saying either the Christian-specific "Merry Christmas" or the generic "Happy Holidays." And that doesn't take into account the ancient "Happy Hanukkah" (this year was Nov. 27 - Dec. 5) or the modern "Happy Kwanzaa" (Dec. 26 - Jan. 1 this season). Winter solstice celebrations? Not going there.
But today is Christmas Day and that deserves a heartfelt Merry Christmas, politically correct or not. Millions will celebrate the birth of Jesus, the true reason for this season. Although the Christmas story has become romanticized and stretched to include three wise men and a drummer boy at the stable where the newborn Christ lay, that doesn't detract from the truth of the birth of our Savior to a virgin mother.
An while a majority of American families enjoy the Santa Claus legend and the accompanying decorations, many incorporate both the jolly old elf and Jesus into their holiday schemes - placing Jesus at the focus, as in the photo below from Jim Clay on Sheridan Lane. Thanks, Jim, for putting things into perspective for all to see.