A look at holiday greetings

Posted on: 3:58 pm, December 16, 2013, by , updated on: 03:48pm, December 16, 2013

(KPLR) – In Wednesday’s Jacology, Charles Jaco looks at the holiday greetings.

I’m not a Christian. But I am a merry Christmas kind of guy. I love the decorations and the festival and the entire idea of peace on earth, goodwill to men and the concept that the season reminds us to do for others, that’s it’s better to give than receive. Even if you don’t believe in the divinity of Jesus of Nazareth, these are ideas everybody can get behind. And the best way to express them is not happy holidays. It’s merry Christmas.

We got into the happy holidays mindset because Hanukkah usually comes right on top of Christmas. And happy holidays was a way of avoiding saying, excuse me, are you Jewish? If so, Happy Hanukkah. Happy holidays were sort of a carpet bombing way of hitting all the targets at once. But frankly, I’d rather tell someone happy Hanukkah, or Merry Christmas, or Ramadan Mubarak, or Happy Diwali than throw out a general–and meaningless–phrase like, happy holidays.

But I would also like to distance myself from the right-wing war on Christmas crowd. Fox News and conservative bloggers are convinced, happy holiday’s is part of the non-existent war on Christmas. The republican senatorial campaign committee has t-shirts that read, quote “Happy Holiday’s is what liberals say”.  No, it’s what polite, good-mannered people say when they don’t want to offend anyone. And that’s nice of them. But for me, this season is about Christmas, or the winter solstice.

The solstice, like Christmas is optimistic. It’s about the light returning from the darkness; which is why Christians moved the feast of Christmas to this time of year to co-opt the pagans and their solstice celebrations. So to me, if you wish people Merry Christmas, you’re wishing them light, not darkness, giving, not getting, and doing for others, not yourself. And I can’t see anyone objecting to that.

I’m Charles Jaco, and that’s Jacology.

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