Just days before the holy season of Advent sees the beginning of the Christmas season for Christians, a most unlikely of sources is calling for an end to “Merry Christmas.”

Christmas has been hijacked by Santa and reindeer, so says– an Irish Roman Catholic priest.

Father Desmond O’Donnell said Christians of all denominations need to accept that the two most holy times of year, Christmas and Easter, no longer hold any sacred meaning in today’s highly-secularized times.

And so, says Father O’Donnell, the phrase “Merry Christmas” should no longer be used by Christians.

“We’ve lost Christmas,” the Irish priest, who is also a psychologist, says. “and should abandon the word completely. We need to let it go, it’s already been hijacked and we just need to recognize and accept that.”

“I’m all for Christians choosing to celebrate Christmas by going out for meals and enjoying a glass of wine, but the commercialization of anything is never good.”

Fr. O’Donnell he does not intend the statement as a criticism of non-Christians and, in fact, means it to acknowledge that non-believers “deserve and need their celebration too, it’s an essential human dynamic and we all need that in the toughness of life.”

Instead, O’Donnell says he is trying to “rescue the reality of Christmas for believers by giving up ‘Christmas’ and replacing it with another word,” although he does not suggest what that other word or phrase might be.

‘Merry Christmas’ has Anglo-Saxon and Latin origins in conveying a wish for a happy Christmas, and indeed, “Happy Christmas” is the traditional wish and greeting heard in all of Great Britain.

The word ‘Christmas’ literally refers to ‘Christ’s Mass,’ which would suggest a belief in the Christian faith, but together, the phrase, “Merry Christmas,” has come to be associated with end of the calendar year festivities involving long school breaks, rowdy office parties, and flying reindeer transporting a red-suited gift-giver in need of a diet from rooftop to rooftop.

It also signifies the most crucial time of the year for retailers with the vast majority of annual consumer spending taking place between the time of Thanksgiving and December 24th.

Until concerned clergy, like Fr. O’Donnell, come up with something better, “Merry Christmas” will have to suffice for Christians, while the politically correct may continue to make inroads with the generic, “Happy Holidays,” as the choice of the politically correct.

Do you think 'Merry Christmas' been hijacked by overuse and commercialism and should be replaced with another phrase?

Source: 100 percent fed up

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