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MCKNOTES WISHING ALL A MERRY CHRISTMAS
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By Rich McKinney

Rich started writing for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin as music critic for the symphony and opera seasons. Originally from Granite City, IL, he graduated from Simpson College with a degree in music education. In 1984 he received his MA in Music ...

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Rich started writing for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin as music critic for the symphony and opera seasons. Originally from Granite City, IL, he graduated from Simpson College with a degree in music education. In 1984 he received his MA in Music Education from Truman State. Now retired, Rich enjoyed reading, writing music and short essays. He is the director of Kirksville Community Chorus.

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By Rich McKinney
Dec. 23, 2013 12:01 a.m.

MCKNOTES WISHING ALL A MERRY CHRISTMAS

I grew up saying, “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”  Frankly, I don’t really care if someone wishes me a happy holiday in other terms.  I care that their wish for my happiness during the holiday season is sincere and heartfelt.  If I say “Season’s Greetings,” it doesn’t mean I’m rejecting Christianity.  If someone tells me to have a great December, should I be rude and not accept their wishes as an honest hope that I will enjoy the season we are celebrating?   I wrote a song once called “Season’s Greetings.”  It was not intended to be anti-Christian, but rather to be all inclusive.  Isn’t that what religion is supposed to be?  Can’t I wish someone who practices the Jewish faith a Happy Hanukah?  Does that mean I am denouncing my own background?  I don’t think so.

We say, “Happy Valentine’s Day,” and think nothing of it.  In actuality, that holiday is a remembrance of Saint Valentine, but it doesn’t mean that a dozen roses are devalued if received as a gift to honor that particular holiday.  We’ve just gotten silly about our reactions or over-reactions to greetings that are truly well-meaning.  On the Fourth of July, is it any less valid to say, “Happy Fourth” than it is to say, “Happy Independence Day?”  If I question a friend’s sincere greeting, doesn’t that make me the one who’s out of step?

There’s nothing wrong with making an effort to be politically correct, but we’ve gone way overboard lately.  It’s just silly to have to worry that any good wishes I may have for anyone else would be aimed at offending them.  Some people of the Jewish faith may not be comfortable with a person wishing them a Merry Christmas.  They may take that opportunity to say, “Thank you, but I celebrate Hanukah.”  I don’t think most Jewish people are offended by a well meaning “Merry Christmas.”

It makes me tired to think that everything we say can come under fire when our intention is perfectly sincere and well-meaning.  So to all of you, I say, “Have a great day, week, month, year; and I really mean that.”

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