A couple of days ago, I was listening to a discussion on either Fox News or Fox Business about holiday greetings while driving back to Southern California from Carmel. Particularly, the discussion was about whether to say “Merry Christmas” or not. Well someone did eventually say Merry Christmas on the show. Jessica Tarloff, a Democratic strategist, who is typically even tempered, piped in and quipped “Happy Holidays is more inclusive.” I rolled my eyes and thought to myself “Why do these liberals always have to make every little utterance about being more inclusive or not offending someone?”
As a conservative, I don’t care one wit if someone says “Happy Hanukah,” “Happy Kwanzaa,” “Happy Holidays,” or “Happy Saturnalia” for that matter. I am happy to celebrate all of those in the same spirit as the Christmas holiday. The matter is that December 25 is a holiday celebrating the birth of Christ, who is a real person that lived and walked this earth almost 2000 years ago. Celebrating the birth of Christ in no way takes away from other things people might celebrate that don’t believe in Christ. It is not excluding anyone, as it is a celebration of goodwill to all. And it is decidedly inclusive because Christ died for all men, not just those who believe in him. Whether they choose to believe that or not is their free choice.
So MERRY CHRISTMAS to all, and whatever else you celebrate, I celebrate that with you as well in saying HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Walter Myers III
Christmas Day, 2016