The Red Cup Again

20151203_090800It’s that time of the year again, the most wonderful time of the year, when we get upset about red cups and Happy Holidays greetings.

I was going to get all snarky and sarcastic but I don’t want to do that.  I know how we feel.  We are seeing the loss of our culture, our traditions, our way of life.  It seems we are circling the drain and it’s just a matter of time till we…

So how do we respond when somebody at the checkout says Happy Holidays?  It’s pretty easy to go all Andy Rooney, beetle browed and  and bah humbug voiced and come back with Merry Christmas.  But maybe there’s a better way.

Remember the Jose Feliciano song?  I know you do.  Feliz Navidad.  It says ‘I want to wish you a Merry Christmas from the bottom of my heart’.  Now that sounds like a strategy.  Merry Christmas is not supposed to be a battle cry.  It’s supposed to be a blessing.

So the next time you are confronted with ‘Happy Holidays’, relax.  Give them a big smile.  Try to channel an Osmond.  And wish them a Merry Christmas.  From the bottom of your heart.

Merry Christmas.

Say it like you mean it.



About Angus Lewis

My wife and I lived our whole lives in Arkansas until ten years ago. We moved to the Kansas City area in 2011 (a job change). That was the reason for the 'From a Far Country' title. Our children and grandchildren were in Arkansas. Six months ago we sold our house and bought one in Sherwood, Arkansas and my wife moved back down here. Two weeks ago I retired and moved back too. (I'm probably going to try to find something part time to keep me out of trouble.) So maybe the 'From a Far Country' title is not so much of a fit anymore. But I think I'll stick with it. I'm still not home. Not yet. The Bible says we are all strangers and pilgrims here. Our real home is with God and some day we'll be there. We'll be home.
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