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Friday, December 16, 2005

Happy Holidays!!!

There's been a lot of controversy in recent times about using the title expression in lieu of "Merry Christmas".

However, what a lot of people fail to realize is that "holidays" is another word for holy days...so, it really doesn't bother me.

What I do find troublesome though, is that in the midst of all the crass commercialism and rush, folks often forget the reason for the season.

Consequently, I like to focus on that instead; I'm not into stress, anyway.

It is my fervent hope and wish that we can try to put aside our differences, and remember that which is truly important.

In this way, then, they truly can be happy holidays.

Click HERE for a relevant "E-card" from St. Nick, A.K.A. "Santa Claus"...
(Tip of the 'do rag to another Nick, A.K.A. "Angus the Scot")

12 Comments:

Blogger mig said...

I agree with you Jack. All this 'stuff' is another way to take the focus off of Christ. It's another 'busy' to keep us from feeling the silence, the peace within that silence. The joy of calm. The beauty of not doing or being.

Merry Christ mass and Have a Holy Season of Advent and Have a blessed new year. And any other great blessing I haven't mentioned, bestowed upon your head!

December 16, 2005 6:32 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

mig:
It's a conspiracy, I tells ya!

But speaking of blessings (?) you haven't mentioned, right along with the New Year (which you did), it'll be my birthday...

December 16, 2005 7:07 AM  
Blogger Bob_inSpain said...

love the picture at the top.

reminds me that the original saint nicholas was a Christian himself.

December 16, 2005 8:58 AM  
Blogger 'da Bunny said...

Right on target, as usual, Jack. I don't like the commercialism and hype either. I never could understand why people think it's a good idea to spend themselves into debt trying to "impress" others, or "buy" others' love and affection. We only exchange gifts with immediate family members, and I refuse to go overboard with that. Stop and think...can most of us honestly remember what we gave or received for Christmas last year? [Unless of course, it was a special, cherished item]It's the time to remember the gift that was given to us by God, and to celebrate that gift.

I heard someone say that it's fine for the stores to try to take Christ out of Chrismas, if the stores don't mind Christians staying away and not buying from them.[or something to that effect] I thought that was a good way to put it. :-)

December 16, 2005 9:11 AM  
Blogger Beerme said...

Nice post Camojack!

I am so tired of the hue and cry over this phrase (Happy Holidays)!

I don't care one whit whether someone or some store uses that phrase or "Merry Christmas" because, to me, they mean the exact same thing. If it is done to be multi-religiously acceptable, why should I care? I will not boycott or denigrate any store that does so, and I find the whole concept of being "hurt" by it as a Christian to be ridiculous.

I guess the entire thing rests on how one internalizes the greeting. I accept it as a relatively meaningless, but polite, expression, kind of like "Have a nice day". I just translate it into "Merry Christmas" in my mind and go on to have a nice day, without another thought...

December 16, 2005 9:24 AM  
Blogger JR said...

"Have a Happy Holiday Season" means the Holy days, not just the word Holiday... The word Holiday is just a day off to celebrate one of many events... Have A Happy Day off is more like the true meaning... I will never like the term "Have a Happy Holiday" when it comes to Christmas... It is just fine for all the other Holidays the rest of the year, but not Christmas... The Holiday is Christmas Day not Labor Day or the Fourth of July... So you can save your have a Happy Holidays for the Fourth of July and I will have A Very Merry Christmas on the 25th december... When ever any one uses the words Happy Holiday to me, I always say "And you have a MERRY CHRISTMAS"...

I use and like this the best, so everyone "Enjoy yourself and have a Merry HO HO"...
JR

December 16, 2005 1:22 PM  
Blogger Angus the Scot said...

Its okay to say happy "Holy"-day as that is what Christ's mass is all about. Saying happy holiday is from the past as in Irving Berlin's old song. Its still the birthday of Christ the King.
Angus the Scot

December 16, 2005 1:35 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Bob_inSpain:
I thought the picture conveyed the concept I was trying to get across pretty well.

'da Bunny:
I mostly only exchange gifts with immediate family members, but also a few close friends.

The stores will always do what they feel is best for their bottom line, so if they perceive that Christians (the primary majority of their consumer base) are staying away, then they will most likely adjust their policy...as a number of them are already doing.

Beerme:
Thanks. I think it all depends upon individual perspective; as for mine, it sounds like it's pretty close to your own.

JR:
What matters is what's in our own hearts and feelings. As I like to say, it's mind over matter.
(If you don't mind, it doesn't matter)

Angus the Scot:
¡Feliz Navidad! Of course, that translates to "Happy Nativity", which refers to the birth of the Christ child...

December 16, 2005 3:24 PM  
Blogger MargeinMI said...

Happy Birthday to You,
Happy Birthday to You!
Happy Birthday, Baby Jesus,
Happy Birthday to you!

And may the peace and joy of the season last throughout the coming year!

Merry Christmas Jack and Family!

December 19, 2005 7:51 AM  
Blogger camojack said...

MargeinMI:
Quite right; and happy birthday is pretty much the literal translation of "¡Feliz Navidad!"

Thanks!!!

December 19, 2005 6:11 PM  
Blogger Libby Gone™ said...

Great point Camo!
I really started to truely appreciate Christmas after my boys were born. Taking them to my folks house in the country. Grandma and Grandpa so proud. Leaving with them tired but excited. The lights on the houses all the way home. Tucking them away and having a nightcap with Mrs. Staring at the stars if any, or tree lights. Feeling the warmth of love and joy. Thought it would never end.
Thank you so much, my friends have made this season bearable. Merry CHRISTmas!

December 19, 2005 9:21 PM  
Blogger camojack said...

Libby Gone™:
Seeing Christmas anew through the eyes of children has to be one of the best gifts of the season...

December 20, 2005 3:50 AM  

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