I have to say that I was very impressed with how my husband’s office handled their holiday party on Friday. Family members were invited, they had a big potluck, and a charity raffle to benefit the Wounded Warrior program. The neatest part for me, though, was that it was officially billed as a “holiday” party – not Christmas party – and there was no Christian invocation or overt Christian influence anywhere. It was quite a relief, in fact. I wasn’t going to fuss with anyone else’s winter holidays, but if the organizers just assumed that everybody there would be Christian, I was going to point out their incorrect assumption to them. Actually, the colonel leading it specifically said, “I’m not going to say a prayer because this is an official function, but I would ask you to think about all that we have to be grateful for and to think about those who are less fortunate, and how we can help them.”
So all of the people who say it’s unpatriotic to say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas?” They’re saying the military is unpatriotic. If more people would follow the government’s lead in actually respecting the First Amendment and just plain old being polite to others, we’d all get along better.
Tolerance for the win!