Word Play: Happy Holidays

christmas word play Dec 21, 2020

Happy Holidays!

Don’t worry. I’m not using that phrase because it is now the politically-correct thing to do these days. I know only too well that the banning of carols, crèches, and Christ from a season that only has a whit of significance precisely because of carols,...

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Word Play: Humbug

christmas word play Dec 14, 2020

Humbug is an old word of indeterminate etymology meaning “spectacle” or “hoax” or “jest,” often referring to some unjustified reputation or publicity.

Of course, the word is most often associated with Ebenezer Scrooge, a character created by Charles Dickens in...

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Word Play: Merry

christmas word play Dec 07, 2020

“Merry Christmas.”

It is likely that we will both say and hear that phrase more than a few times between now and Christmas. For us as believers, it serves as far more than a simple alternative to “Seasons Greetings” or “Happy Holidays.”

We know only too well...

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Word Play: Thanksgiving

gratitude word play Nov 23, 2020

G.K. Chesterton once wrote, “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.”

Chesterton was always imminently quotable. His quips and epigrams, axioms and jibes, maxims and platitudes, adages and aphorisms abound. But...

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