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I'm not a big fan of the greeting happy holidays

Portrait of a Handsome Young Black Man Proposing a Toast at a Christmas Dinner Table. Family and Friends Sharing Meals, Raising Glasses with Champagne, Toasting, Celebrating a Winter Holiday
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It just feels like I'm trying not to offend someone and these days, we all need a message that is much more filled with hope.

The greeting comes from the 1942 song by Bing Crosby. It's light and cheery. And all about Santa Claus coming down the chimney, encouraging us to leave a peppermint stick for old Saint Nick. Don't get me wrong. I like Santa Claus and I like Bing Crosby, but we live in a time where darkness seems to surround us.

Indeed, tomorrow will be the darkest day of the year. Darkness is not easy to overcome. It needs more than just a greeting of happy holidays. It is instead, our faith traditions that declare the ways light will overcome darkness and the culture wars that happy holidays engenders isn't helpful. With Hanukkah and Diwali past, Christmas next week, and Eid to look forward to, finding ways to embrace the hope our faith traditions live on is the best way to march through the darkness we find ourselves in. This is Dr. Scott Morris for Church Health.

Dr. G. Scott Morris, M.D., M.Div, is founder and CEO of Church Health, which opened in 1987 to provide quality, affordable health care for working, uninsured or underserved people and their families. In FY2021, Church Health had over 61,300 patient visits. Dr. Morris has an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University, and M.D. from Emory University. He is a board-certified family practice physician and an ordained United Methodist minister.