Yes, Happy Holidays! Happy Holy Days! All of them! I’m sorry that some Christian people are angry when they are greeted this way by checkout clerks while Christmas shopping. I hope they don’t respond in sanctimonious sarcasm, with their offended noses tilted in the air, “No, it’s MERRY CHRISSSTTTMASSS!!!”

I think it’s wonderful that American culture recognizes and celebrates an entire season of holy days, beginning with Thanksgiving, a day set aside for being grateful, and ending with New Year’s Day, a day of looking forward to new beginnings. Two holy days, a day of reflecting on the past year and recognizing how much we have to be grateful for, and another holy day of looking forward to the coming year with faith and hope, surround the holiest of days, the holy of holies, the day that makes the other two possible. The holiest of holy days, Christmas Day, is the day that God became a man, came and dwelt among us, and changed everything. It is this day that gives us hope for the future, for without it, life would be hopeless.

We do need an entire season to reflect on this great gift, the greatest gift ever given, the greatest gift we have ever received. Each year that I celebrate Christmas I enjoy it more, understanding a little more the mystery and the miracle that it is. The gratitude I feel at Thanksgiving is the entrance into the mystery of the Incarnation, culminating in an ever-startling revelation that because of the finished work of Christ, every day is a new beginning, every new year fresh with possibility. Christmas is the greatest wonder of all.

So, Happy Holidays! All of them! Celebrate the Trinity of Holy Days! Rejoice in the one who is able to turn sorrow into laughter, who will someday wipe all the tears from our eyes, cause all things to work together for good in our lives, and make everything new again. Merry Christmas!

  • http://www.xanga.com/eloc_nosnarb Christy

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you, too :).

  • Rhonda

    Happy Hoildays to you!! Thanks for the post we need to know how thankful we are and with the NEW YEAR COMING its number 9 the full HARVEST is here.. Merry Christmas and Happy Birthday Jesus…

  • http://www.angiewashington.com Angie Washington

    I just love the way that you express yourself. You make me smile!

    Down here the ‘general’ greeting for the holidays at the end of the year is “Felices Fiestas” which means Happy Parties (or feasts – same word). Our main holidays are: Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Years and Kings Day (Jan. 6th). The final one is in observation of the visit of the Magi and is accompanied by much more gift giving than the traditional handful of gifts on Christmas Eve. Christmas is reserved more for much eating and time in families.

    Felices Fiestas to you and yours!

  • Carol French

    Happy Holy Days, I like that. Thank you for your wisdom.