Well, another Holiday Season is upon us and we are once again faced with the dilemma of whether to say Merry Christmas or Happy Holiday. Let’s take a look back to the year 1942 when Irving Berlin wrote the song Happy Holidays. People were not offended by that song and it actually became a crooner classic when Bing Crosby recorded it and it remains a classic to this day! How did we become so easily offended by the simplest of things? When you think about the term Happy Holidays, it truly is a holiday season. For some, it encompasses Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. For others it may mean a completely different set of holidays. Isn’t life really about loving those who may be different than we are, isn’t it about sharing God’s love, planting the seed and leaving the rest to God. If we truly love, we should not be easily offended, nor should we feel that we have to temper what we believe or hold back from sharing and living the life we are called to live. I think that we have made such a fuss and have taken such a stand over things, that years ago; we didn’t give a thought to? Don’t you think that as long as you have the right to celebrate however you choose and the right to say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays is still intact, that perhaps we could just love one another, share the love and let God handle the rest? Remember, Happy Holidays was written in 1942…I don’t remember reading about one single riot over that song!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays…it’s all about LOVE!