"Merry Christmas!" is a greeting we may be hearing less and less these days. From employers, shop owners and public functionaries (especially those in quasi-academic settings) we are increasingly greeted with "Happy Holidays!" as if we are celebrating time off and little else.
Whatever we may choose to do with our time off, my fondest wish is that we will turn to our Creator, the source of our living hope, and offer our heartfelt thanks. May God's peace be with you all.