Al Bolden, a tired and angry Christian, wrote in [Dec. 4 issue] to say he will only patronize businesses that wish him Merry Christmas and not Happy Holidays. He somehow sees the latter as an assault on his faith, not a friendly greeting that recognizes millions of Americans are celebrating Hanukkah this time of year. Clearly, in Al’s world there is precious little room at the table for Americans who deviate from his views. Use his terminology or you don’t get his business.
I certainly defend Mr. Bolden’s right to patronize whichever businesses he chooses, just as I defend everyone’s right to greet their neighbors however they see fit. And, as a Christian myself, I do indeed wish Mr. Bolden a Merry Christmas.
Then to all Americans everywhere in this beautiful and diverse country of ours, and regardless of whatever your cultural origin, I wish you God’s richest blessings and Happy Holidays! (holy days)