December 24, 2013
They are the same thing. Really, they are, and I am serious in extending these blessings to you.
Every day is holy.
May we all recognize that truth. Those who call for people to wish “Happy Holidays” to one another are only affirming the holiness of the Advent. Some individuals, in their desire to be distanced from Godly overtones, have advocated for a phrase just as compelling in its appeal to the heart of worship we each have within us.
Here is the etymology of “holiday”: from Old English haligdæg “holy day; Sabbath,” from halig “holy” + dæg “day”. So, I am humbly grateful to oblige those in our culture who want to make less prominent the “Merry Christmas” greeting.
“Merry Christmas” and “Happy Holy Day” are freely exchangeable. Why? Only One is Holy: The Messiah. Every gift He gives is perfect. He gives us our days and our lives. So, “Happy Holy Day” to each of you. I say it again: “Happy Holy Day”, whatever your politics or your spiritual understanding.
This greeting from me to you is sincere!
May you come to know the Holy One, and may you rejoice in the holy privilege of each day God grants to you.