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'Happy Holidays' in Church?

While some Christian groups continue the battle over seasons-greetings language, I wonder if many churches are forsaking the reason for the season.

Nothing helps us remember the reason for the season like a Walgreen's store clerk who remembers to say "Merry Christmas" when she hands us change from our last-minute Snuggie purchase.

The culture-war frontier has been littered with the debris of yearly Happy Holidays vs. Merry Christmas throw-downs as a noisy segment of American Christendom have elected themselves to serve as defenders of a perfect Christmas past. This year, First Baptist Church of Dallas is encouraging visitors to their Grinch Alert website to help make a list of naughty and nice merchants. The litmus test for niceness is simple: Nice merchants say "Merry Christmas." (Tattling on retailers who don't say the magic words on the Internet apparently counts as nice behavior as well.) Not surprisingly, this website has gotten a fair amount of news attention in recent days.

I would like to suggest that we'd be doing our non-Christian friends a huge favor if we used some of our culture war weapons on ourselves during the Christmas ...

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