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Merry Christmas Everyone

December 25, 2011 by staff 

Merry Christmas EveryoneMerry Christmas Everyone, There, we said it. It’s a sad statement on today’s society, however, that the Christmas holiday for some again came wrapped in a month’s worth of insignificant bickering over greetings, decorations and even what schools should call the two-week break from classes that sandwich the Christmas holiday.

We understand the roots of the controversy, to be sure. Christians celebrate Dec. 25 as the day of the birth of the Messiah, Jesus. Many others, however, point to America’s diversity and reasonably insist that their holidays deserve equal billing, or at least should not be overshadowed by Christmas. And many others have come to celebrate a more secular, commercial holiday with gift-giving and revelry.
From these differences, again, for some, springs the contentiousness over “Happy Holidays!” or Christmas-themed displays that lack the religious icons or, well, you name it.

It’s pathetic, actually, that anyone would allow a day that should stand for peace and good will toward all to degenerate into divisiveness and rancor.

So, today, the high water mark of the holiday season, we greet all celebrating this December’s various holidays. We will probably not make everyone happy, but we’ll try anyway.

If you are a devout Christian, we greet you this Christmas Day by quoting the choir of heavenly hosts that appeared to shepherds on the night Jesus was born: “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

To those who celebrated Hanukkah, we hope that the age-old story of the Maccabees successful revolt again brings inspiration.

To those preparing to observe Kwanzaa, we hope it rekindles your dedication to the principles and message of the holiday.

To all those who are not religious, who simply enjoy the trappings of the season, we wish you a happy holiday following a year rife with so much uncertainty.

To all, however, we offer a universal greeting for this Christmas and holiday season. Namely, that you spend this holiday surrounded by loved ones and friends, in good health and free from the anxieties of the times.

We should all be mindful of the many people who have lost so much. There is great need around us, and perhaps our energy ought to be directed toward assisting them rather than fighting with each other.

If so, we’d do a better job of honoring and celebrating the season, and living up to its truest meanings across all faiths. For today, though, simply put: Merry Christmas.

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