The Thanksgiving leftovers have been eaten or thrown out.
Christmas music is playing on an endless loop in many retail establishments.
It must be that time of the year — when people of good will agree to disagree over what is a proper and meaningful holiday greeting. It’s the longtime champion (and still wildly popular) “Merry Christmas” vs. the young PC upstart with a tiny fan base “Happy Holidays.”
I got a press release from a Christian shopping website called “Shopinfaith.com”:http://www.shopinfaith.com/ that promises “ShopInFaith.com welcomes you with a Merry Christmas, rarely heard in todayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s retail world.”
My colleague James Walsh has an “article”:http://www.thejournalnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2006611270355 in today’s Journal News/Lohud.com about a woman at St. Boniface Church in Wesley Hills who is distributing lapel buttons that say “It’s OK to Say Merry Christmas to Me.” The buttons are a project of Catholic Daughters of America Court John Paul II, a group of 161 women from Rockland County parishes.
The group has gotten orders for the buttons from across the country.
Fox News promoted the greetings debate last year like Don King would a championship fight. It seemed to strike a chord with folks who were already concerned about how Christmas is acknowledged during the holiday season.
For years, of course, schools and other public facilities have wrestled with how to acknowledge the holidays without playing favorites. If you ask me, the most interesting question that public facilities are facing these days is whether to replace Christmas trees with nativity scenes, as many Christians want.
I plan to write about this question soon.