Daily Archives: December 8, 2009

Don’t tell me “Merry Christmas”

Around this time of year, Protestants and many Catholics make a big deal about secularists refusing to say “Merry Christmas.”  Since it’s not Christmas yet, I don’t have a problem with anyone wishing me “Merry Christmas” during Advent.  If I’m actually Christmas gift or decoration shopping, I’ll say, “Have a Merry Christmas” (future tense), and if I’m at an anticipatory party, I’ll say it.  Otherwise, I refrain from wishing anyone a “Merry Christmas” until the day of and after.

I love going shopping on Boxing Day and saying, “Merry Christmas!!”  People grumble, “Christmas is over.”  I say, “No, it’s not!  It just started!  We have two more weeks of it!!”

If you want to be a really hardcore Catholic, go around wishing people “Merry Christmas” on Jan. 3.