It seems far more in line with the true meaning of Christmas to focus on compassion, understanding, and generosity than to worry about the vocabulary other people use to express their warm wishes for health and happiness. But my own preference is for "Happy Holidays." Those who do not celebrate Christmas can find this a very difficult time of year, with every grocery store checkout clerk and strangers on the street asking their children what they want Santa to bring them and every radio and television station consumed with Christmas programming. I would like to see those who are caught up in the joys of their own Christmas celebrations show more sensitivity and respect to those of other faiths. They may find that doing so will help them reconnect with their own sources of spiritual inspiration in the holidays; certainly it will help them represent the best of Christianity to others more meaningfully than an unthinking "Merry Christmas" would.
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Sheetal Shah, Om Sweet Om»