Sunday, December 24, 2006


It’s a bit tragic when some people work themselves into a lather about Christmas as a festival season. US conservative Christians complaining (spuriously) they’re not allowed to mention Christmas, while others get worked up about whether it’s a religious holiday or not.

It took me a long time to realise that the awkward phrase ‘seasons greetings’ is meant to be a neutral holiday wish, an alternative to ‘merry christmas’. Now I’m bemused by the card we got from a Youth Off The Streets priest: seasons greetings on the outside and a Christian message on the inside.

I’m happy if everyone just embraces the spirit. Christians, by all means, can appreciate the special meaning for them; at the same time, everyone can enjoy the secular traditions of the christmas season.

Merry Christmas.

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