I just heard that an angry group has begun to protest against “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” A modern icon of a season that is all about joy and wonder and peace and friendship is under attack because some folks who believe that it is their right and duty to tell people “you can’t force your beliefs on me,” think the best way is to force their beliefs on everyone else.
When I first wrote and had published the following a few years ago, one reader went out of his way to read it, find my address, and mail me a nine page diatribe on why I was absolutely wrong and deluded, how I was being spoon fed a line by the establishment trying to brainwash the masses. He went to an awful lot of trouble to complain about something he doesn’t believe in.
I love Christmas, the sights, sounds, smells and tastes. I love how, for just a little while, everybody is who they think they should be. Then I see something like this ridiculous protest and I feel that this little letter has never seemed more appropriate.
Some folks say that it is not politically correct to say “Merry Christmas” to You because You may take offense.
PC is for politicians who must get elected.
When I wish You “Merry Christmas” I mean it.
I don’t just mean Happy Holidays. I mean Merry Christmas.
I am a Christian but, I am not trying to convert You or force my religious beliefs on You.
Christmas is important to me, so wishing You “Merry Christmas” shows how I feel about You.
So, Merry Christmas! I hope happiness finds You
And, although I am not Buddhist, when I say “Merry Christmas” please hear “A peaceful and joyful Vesak”
Merry Christmas! I wish that You have a season full of joy
And, although I am not Jewish, when I say “Merry Christmas” please hear “Happy Hannukah”
Merry Christmas! I hope You have Days of plenty
And although I am not Muslim, when I say “Merry Christmas” please hear “Have a blessed Ramadan”
Merry Christmas! I wish that your friends and family are safe and happy
Although I am not of African descent, when I say “Merry Christmas” please hear “Joyous Kwanzaa”
Merry Christmas! I hope You find some joy every day
Although I am not an atheist, when I say “Merry Christmas” please hear, “I wish You happiness”
I don’t know Your religious beliefs, or even if You have any but, I do, sincerely and with all my heart wish You a very Merry Christmas!