Merry Christmas, everybody! Yes, I do call it that. And why? Because it’s convenient, and I don’t want to be odd for the sake of a word.
We don’t believe Thor is about on Thursdays, or Woden on Wednesdays, when we use the names of the days to, well, to name the days. We’ve been using the term Christmas culturally for hundreds of years. So it makes sense not to kick up too much of a stink about it.
If you’re not a believer, you don’t need to do the mojo. Just enjoy the season for good cheer, family get-togethers, meetings of friends, exchanging of gifts, any or all of these things – whatever floats your boat.
I’d just feel a bit odd saying “Marry Yule” or “Happy Holidays”! But, whatever you say, enjoy yours.
Meanwhile, I make a fuller case for, as I put it, putting the Christ back into Christmas (but only as a syllable) in the new issue of Gay & Lesbian Humanist magazine. Just click at the bottom right to navigate through another packed online magazine.
Happy New Year, too!