Christmas greetings

I’d like to respond to a recent Christmastime poll question on your Lutheran Witness Web site [].

The poll asked the following: “How do you reply when greeted by the words ‘Happy Holidays’? [Do you reply] ‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘Happy Holidays’?”

Because there was no option for “Other,” I submit that Neither/Other would be a common response because “Happy Holidays” is shorter than “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.”

I generally reply with a smile and a “Thank you.”

Since we (Christians) are to put the best spin on things, I choose to appreciate the kind words because so often I get a blank stare and a “here” as I’m handed my purchase. I sometimes ask if s/he celebrates the blessed birth, and if s/he responds, “Yes,” I wish him/her a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Otherwise, it’s often an opportunity to witness.

Just my nickel’s worth!

D.S. Chapman
Pittsburgh, Pa.


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