TWO DAYS AGO, while on an errand run, I met Michael, the homeless man who always has a smile on. He greeted me with ‘Merry Christmas’.
Rather than question his assumption of my celebrating Christmas (which happened to be correct,) I was grateful for his joyful demeanour and smile. We chatted about the mildness of weather, the many reasons to be grateful and kids’ joy at Christmas.
Lately, there has been a lot of touchiness regarding Christmas. Some people don’t care if you say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays, while others take it to the next level of irritation and offense, and then farther still. Case in point: a CBC story titled ‘Christmas comes early for atheist family who opposed holiday symbols in the classroom.’
The B.C. Human Rights Tribunal has recently awarded $12,000 to a family of three, following ‘discrimination’ by the school board.