Merry Christmas!

So I’ve flaked on my promise to deconstruct the Christmas story. What can I say? It’s vacation.

On a related note, though, I worked a brisk shift at OfficeMax today, and after a brief internal debate — quick, what do I say? — I wished everyone a merry Christmas as they left my register. There’s nothing wrong with well-wishing, particularly on a holiday of generosity and cheer and whatnot. Let my lack of concern for the “true reason for the season” be my contribution to the War on Christmas: I think “merry Christmas” is just as appropriate as “happy New Year” or “happy Fourth of July.”

Of course, I might think differently if I had been raised by Jewish parents. For now I leave the debate — and all those infernal Christmas cover songs —  ’til next year.

And one more thought from Penny Arcade


Penny Arcade Christmas 2010
But there’s a difference! If you’re good all year, you get presents from an omniscient man with inexplicable yet unlimited gifting resources. If you’re good all your life you get endless life from an omniscient God with inexplicable but unlimited…oh.


Merry Christmas, blogosphere.

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    • Jen
    • December 30th, 2010

    Hey there- I understand your internal struggle. Christmas has become so secular as it is, so it’s sort of like: what is the point of not saying it. However, having grown up Jewish, I understood the sting of it from a young age and today as an atheist, I still do. If, for example, a woman came in wearing a burqa or a man came in wearing a kippah (yamaka), you’d probably not say Merry Christmas, because you would know that they don’t celebrate it. So, saying it to anyone, regardless of what their outward appearances are makes it move slightly towards thinking that they do (celebrate it). I for one, am not against anyone celebrating Christmas, I just don’t want people telling me to, especially when they don’t know me or my religious affiliations. As much as I have no problem with it, I’ve come up with this: “I’m not Christian, but Merry Christmas to you!” with a smile and all.

    • You make a good point, I probably wouldn’t say “merry Christmas” if someone came in wearing clothes I recognized from another faith. Next year I think a generic happy holidays will do.

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