Gentle Comeback

Sunday, December 04, 2011

From other blogs and posts, I know there are is a plethora of Christians on this site, and this little message is for them.
Fr. Jonathan Morris, this morning, suggested that Christianity is not under siege in the United States. He said in other countries you could be killed for expressing your belief.
His best statement was how to reply when someone wishes you a "Happy Holiday" . He suggested we say "thank you", and "what holiday are you celebrating?"
Good idea, huh?
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    I'm not sure what the big deal about saying "Christmas" is.

    I have yet to meet a non Christian who has a problem with it. I am not religious myself but I was born in Italy and live in the UK, both predominantly Christian countries. Especially with being Italian, what with the Pope on our doorstep, people often assume I am a Catholic. A few years ago a Muslim client of mine wished me a happy Christmas (she didn't say "holiday", she said "Christmas") and asked me what my plans for it were. When I told her I didn't have any as I am not really bothered by it, she almost fainted and gave me a right telling off for not upholding my country's religious traditions! She was more offended at my non religious stance than she would have been if I had identified myself as a Christian, which in fact she strongly urged me to do.

    And I agree with Fr Morris's sentiment: we can debate on the accuracy of the arbitrarily chosen date of Christ's birth, and with the fact that it's somewhat linked to the Solstice, and with a lot of other things. But the fact remains that 25th December is recognised (if not celebrated) in most of the World as "Christmas". And you don't have to be a Christian to say:

    Merry Christmas!
    2228 days ago
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