As I said earlier I got caught on the whole Holiday tree vs. Christmas tree at our nation’s capital. The fact that it is so easy to think negatively about our nation’s leader and the moral state of our nation should be a bigger red flag to me that there is something wrong. Not so much with our nation, but with my attitude.
This didn’t hit me so much at the time as it did when I was over at Facebook yesterday. An old high school teammate was pointing out how Coke proclaimed Merry Christmas (Feliz Navidad) in Spanish, yet only Happy Holidays in English. And a more recent acquaintance described Lynden as the last place on earth where people love to wish each other a Merry Christmas. There, two very positive people with a little cynicism to their comments. Odd how visible the Christmas red flag is over other people :) It’s kind of like
Indian Native American poker where you plant the card on your forehead for everyone but you to see.
So the blessing from these two was that they got me thinking positive. Thinking about what a great nation we live in that private companies are free to print Merry Christmas or not, and in any language they desire. And thinking about a recent positive Rasmussen Poll I read that cited
72% of adults prefer "Merry Christmas," while 22% like "Happy Holidays" instead’.
It is everywhere in America and not just in Lynden that people prefer the Merry Christmas greeting during Christmas season. So odds are that if you say Merry Christmas to someone it will be warmly received. Being somewhat political, I’ll also note to you that
Ninety-one percent (91%) of Republicans… like store signs that wish them a "Merry Christmas," compared to just 58% of Democrats.
That explains the Lynden thing and gives fair warning that in Bellingham, a warm reception from your Merry Christmas is a bit more of a coin toss. Ya’ know though if your Merry Christmas comes from you heart, it shouldn’t really matter where it lands.
Ok, last thought to help choose a cup half full of ‘nog attitude rather than the alternative comes, albeit a bit out of context, from Titus.
To the pure all things are pure: but to them that are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but both their mind and their conscience are defiled. (Tit 1:15)
There, I’ve blathered enough. Merry Christmas.