Sunday, December 04, 2005

Thank you, good sir

Today's Birmingham News features a Baptist pastor bringing some much needed sanity and perspective to the tiresome debate over whether Christmas is under attack in a country where a large majority of citizens identify as Christians:

"Before Christians get too upset about 'Happy Holidays,' they need to remember 'holiday' is simply a derivative of the term 'Holy Day.' Saying 'Merry Christmas' is no more sacred than saying 'Happy Holiday.' It's a holy day. For Christians to get upset over whether we can say 'Merry Christmas' at Wal-Mart is silly. Christmas is not about what Wal-Mart says."

4 Comments:

Anonymous LizW said...

Wise words, indeed. This is what I was always taught as a child about Christmas and the reasons behind the traditions and the gift-giving.

I have met Dennis Foust and visited his church. It's a very open, moderate SB church.

8:45 AM  
Anonymous Darius said...

I agree to a certain point. However, I think calling a Christmas Tree a "Holiday Tree" to be PC is a little over the top.

9:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm puzzled by the new concern over things like "Holiday Trees." It seems to pale when compared to the more significant problem of how Christmas has been captured by multi-national corporations pandering to the materialistic greed of the American consumer.

Is Christmas about Christ's birth or is it about getting a new X-box?

6:48 PM  
Blogger John Hubbard said...

It's all about money. If Wal-Mart could sell more by putting a live nativity scene outside of every store then they would. Personally, I think “Holiday Tree” sounds ridiculous. I can’t help but laughing when I hear it.

10:50 AM  

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