There's only one response to the war against saying "Merry Christmas": We need to add another Christian greeting to the American lexicon. We need to meet secular force not with equal force, but with overwhelming counter-force.
It's easier than you think. Last spring I was visiting a little religious icon store near Catholic University in Washington, D.C. The store is run by the Eastern Orthodox Church, which is slightly different from my folks, the Catholics. I realized this when I entered the store and a middle-aged man looked up at me and said:
"Christ is risen!"
I stood there, not knowing what to do. If this was a homeless guy, he was a spirited and happy one. I mumbled something about, "Yeah, great ain't it?" and scuttled away.
Then it happened again. I was leaving the store right as another man was coming in.
"Christ is Risen!"
Before I could speak, the original guy responded.
"Indeed He is Risen!"
Ok, now it was clear that there was some kind of club operating out of the store that I was not a part of. A quick inquiry explained things. It was a few days after Easter. In the Eastern Orthodox Church, during the time from Easter to the Ascension, members great each other with "Christ is Risen!" And then the reply: "Indeed He is Risen!"
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