“Merry Christmas” When It Ain’t Christmas

December 13, 2007

This post was inspired by something that happened at work today.  Specifically, I did a favor for a client, and instead of a “Thank you”, I got a “Merry Christmas”.  I’ll admit, I wasn’t expecting it, and my reply was a timid “Same to you”.  Why I couldn’t say the words in response, I’m not exactly sure.  I don’t have a problem with Christmas.  The exchange sat in the back of my mind for the rest of the day:  What’s my problem?  Am I a Scrooge?  Or, could it be that Christmas is still…

11 Days
3 Hours
16 Minutes

..from now?

So, why do people say “Merry Christmas” when it isn’t Christmas, anyway?  “Happy Holidays”, or even “Seasons Greetings”, I can understand, as they reference a time of the year when there are a number of holidays in close proximity on the calendar.  But to me, saying “Merry Christmas” on any day besides Christmas Day (or, perhaps, Christmas Eve) seems a little illogical. 

There, I said it.  Now I’ll have the AFA on my ass for sure.  And Gibson/OReilly.  Oh, and these guys:


While I’m at it, I guess this thread becomes my official “War on Christmas” depot by default, where I track evidence that there is a organized movement to destroy Santa.

There.  Done.

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  1. For my own part … I’ll say Merry Christmas if I’m not likely to see the person between now and then. That standard might not make much sense, since there are people I might only see in the summer. It’s not that I don’t hope they have good Christmases … hmmm …

    Anyway … I was on the other side of that incident today. I wished the woman at the garage a merry Christmas as I picked up my car. She just looked at me funny.

  2. I think it would be different for someone your know vs. a complete stranger. For the latter, you’re making the assumption that the person observes Christmas. From a certain point of view, this could be considered arrogant, I suppose (especially so if it isn’t Christmas Day or Eve). In other words, it’s kinda like declaring that you believe that the entire month of December is “Christmas”, and you’re implicitly overriding any other holiday that said stranger might be observing.

  3. Why are you in favor of the commercialization of Christmas?

  4. I’m not quite sure what you mean. This is a commercialization of Christmas.

  5. ChenZhen, why do you hate Christmas?

    Anyway, Christmas is so “over.” I went shopping last night and the stores were already bedecked in Valentines! Easter eggs and fireworks, anyone?

  6. The movement isn’t to destroy Santa, it is too end the commonplace use of a holdiday closely related to Christianity.

    This isn’t justa conspiracy theory, Barnes and Noble is not anti-christian (at least I hope not). A few people decided that they were offended by Christmas, and soon our advocates of political correctness had taken up the cause. In an effort to be “inclusive” people leave out the holiday most people celebrate, Christmas.

    I can say Merry Christmas! anytime during December that I am inspired to do so. I am a believer and follower of Jesus Christ. I realize the Bible does not direct us to remember his birth. Rather, my husband and I have taught our children that while we celebrate Christmas and remember Jesus’ birth over 2000 years ago, we want to remember the reason He came was to die because we are sinners and need salvation from sin and death through His grace and mercy. Christmas is not about buying presents although we give presents because the Wise Men brought very significant gifts to Jesus sometime after his birth. Let’s remember the true meaning of Christmas. Life is not about you and me. It is ALL about God and the sacrifice He provided through His only Son so we can have eternal life when we die.

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