Happy Christmas! I'll be brief and let you get back to hams, presents, and birthday cakes to Jesus. The "war on Christmas" really got to me this year, and not because I was irritated that grocery clerks failed to say "Merry Christmas" to me. But because I kept hearing that kind of bickering and yet I saw Christmas everywhere.
Most stores, businesses, towns strung lights, hoisted trees, held a variety of shows and concerts, etc. Everywhere I turned, I saw the sparkle of lights, tinsel, and ornaments. I heard the sing-song of beloved carols on streets, in train stations, all over the radio, stores, and office buildings. I saw Santas with an open lap policy.
Thursday one of my faculty members, who happens to be Jewish, wished me a Merry Christmas. Friday I got an email from an Islamic family from the UK trip wishing us a Merry Christmas. I am sure most of us not only do not acknowledge their holidays but also probably do not even know when their holidays are.
And in a spirit of what I assume is trying to be inclusive to all, today I've seen Christmas greetings paired with Hanukkah wishes and also with solstice cheer. Both of those holidays are over. If meaningful to someone you know, I hope you wished them well during the actual holiday. Know that it is okay not to combine seasonal greetings. At least acknowledge Boxing Day, since it's on deck.