12/24/2010—In the early Harry Potter movies, characters are always wishing Harry “Merry Christmas” even though Christianity plays no role in the series as such (they are witches and wizards after all). I wish we could be that easygoing about religion in America, but we can’t. Here, the choice of holiday greeting is fraught. Is it Merry Christmas or the more secular Happy Holidays?
So here is my suggestion: Merry Christmas Season. It certainly is a merry time of year and for that we plainly owe historic Christianity. So, whatever your religious or nonreligious tradition, please enjoy family and friends and have a very merry Christmas season.