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Greeters replacing “Merry Christmas” with “Happy Holidays” “Christ” being X’d out in “Christmas.” Santa Claus becoming the personification of the season. Even our time shifting from B.C./A.D. to B.C.E./C.E. These, and more, are seen by both Christians and anti-Christians as an assault on this season of the year. And it’s all a bit of a tempest in a teapot.

Each of these is synonymous with its substitute. “Happy Holidays” references the 12 holy days of Christmas. “X” is the first letter in the Greek word “Christos.” Santa Claus is Saint Nicholas, the man who became a saint for emulating Christ. “C.E.” stands for “current era,” which began at the birth of Christ.

To those Christians offended by wishes of “Merry Xmas” or “Happy Holidays,” my message is simple: you have no reason to be. Smile and say, “Thank you.” To those anti-Christians who somehow believe that they’re subverting the holiday's religious nature, my message is equally simple: give it up. You can't skirt the fact that He really is the reason for the season.

Don Cox


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