Much was made this holiday season, as it has been over the years, about saying “merry Christmas” or “happy holidays.” The religious right (and Fox News), ever the victim of religious persecution, tells people that if they say “happy holidays” they are taking Christ out of Christmas and label these people atheists.
Simply saying “merry Christmas” doesn’t mean you are a Christian. Keeping Christ in Christmas should mean that you exhibit actions instead of speaking empty words.
Being a Christian means helping the poor, caring for the sick, the elderly and the prisoner, giving up material things and going out into the world to spread Christ’s love. Most importantly, it means loving your neighbor as yourself.
Christ’s message of love and action has been lost in the phony “War on Christmas.” Regardless of what one says as a greeting at Christmas time, actions speak louder than words.