Originally Published: December 21, 2016 5:56 a.m.
Response to “Saying “Merry Christmas”
As a Christian, I want to apologize to Mr. Hitchcock for the bell ringer that called him a bad name using expletives. Do not judge all by one. You are absolutely correct in saying that people should respect the beliefs of others. All people on earth are part of God’s flock. God gave us all free will and even though all are not Christians, I personally respect that they have a choice. My greeting is “Merry Christmas,” however, if someone says “Happy Holidays,”, or any other greeting to me, whether it be at Christmas or another time of year, I respond in-kind out of respect for their beliefs. In this crazy environment that we live in today, a little respect can go a very long way. At this very busy time of year, it fills my heart with joy when I greet a perfect stranger who is rushing into the store with “Merry Christmas” and they respond in-kind. I do not know what their beliefs are, but the simple fact that they responded back, gives me hope that not all is lost in the respect area. It just means that we have to maintain “R-E-S-P-E-C-T,” like Aretha Franklin says, and “find out what it means to me.” Merry Christmas to all.