Friday, December 08, 2006

Bah Humbug!

According to The Tennessean, Christian groups fighting for the use of the phrase "Merry Christmas" at retail stores and other public venues are winning their battle over the more banal "Happy Holidays." Undoubtedly, these Christians are pleased that this annual celebration of material excess retains its religious veneer.

Don't misunderstood The Oracle: the insistence on the use of "Happy Holidays" (a greeting that could equally apply to President's Day as much as Christmas) is silly. However, given that even Christian churches cancelled services on Sunday last year so that their families could celebrate the holiday, there can be little doubt that the day has very little to do with the birth of Jesus for most Americans.


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