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I am wondering about the comment: "I don't believe in say, 'Happy Holidays' - I will only say, 'Merry Christmas!'" On one hand, I agree with "Jesus is the reason for the season." On the other hand, I am thinking a lot more about the comment made by Kevin O'Brien of Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara, California: "I don't think Jesus would care much about whether we say 'Merry Christmas or not. Because he was not concerned about promoting himself, but promoting what he called 'The Reign of God.'...Secondly, more important than just saying, 'Merry Christmas' is to live it. That is to live a life as Jesus did. to live a life of simplicity, a life of generosity, a life of service, a life of welcome and hospitality to others." What do you think? Is saying, "Merry Christmas" only a way to "prove your a Christian?" Or should our "Merry Christmas" be demonstrated as a result of a heart that has worshiped Christ and results in acts of love and kindness in His name this time of year and throughout the coming year? And should we express kindness and caring toward other faiths during this time of year (such as Hanukkah - which happens to start today, December 13 - The eight-day Jewish celebration known as Hanukkah or Chanukah commemorates the re-dedication during the second century B.C. of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, where according to legend Jews had risen up against their Greek-Syrian oppressors in the Maccabean Revolt? - ref from www.history.com/topics/holidays/hanukkah). What are your thoughts about this time of year? (Please be respectful of each person's opinion).
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Wayne P. Cook