Merry Christmas. It's okay to
say that now (though some politically correct people don't). The
CEOs of most major retail stores have given their permission for
employees to tell customers Merry Christmas instead of Happy
Holiday. No, they haven't had a religious conversion. It was the
bottom line. Profits declined because many Christians resented the
censorship of Christ in the holiday specifically based on His birth.
Actually this censorship wasn't anything new. Early Christianity
didn't recognize Christmas until the 4th century. It was based on
the festival celebrating the Sun God, Sol Invictus. The early church
found it easier to convert pagans by adopting some of their customs.
For example, an early competitor of Christianity was Mithraism, very
popular with the Roman armies. Mithra was the son of Ahura-Mazda,
the god of light, Mithra was conceived of a virgin on the winter
solstice and died by crucifixion. Mithraism was promulgated by the
Persian prophet Zarathustra, whose teachings also influenced
Christianity, Judaism and Islam. He is still remembered in parts of
the Mid East. President U.S. Grant made Christmas a nationally
recognized holiday, although it was celebrated by some states prior
to its official recognition. The Puritans refused to observe
Christmas, thinking it was tainted by paganism. Today Seventh Day
Adventists don't recognize it. But Christmas ameliorates the
harshness of winter, and adds to the coffers of business which
drives our economy. So Merry Christmas and bye bye Happy Holiday.
You politically correct procrastinators, get with it. Down with
holiday parades and up with Christmas parades!