Be Careful if You Are Not Religious
A lot of people seem inclined to feel more religious at the end of the year. People who don’t go to church for the entire year often
might get off the couch and go worship at Christmas time and Hanukkah as their hearts are filled with the celebrations of the season. Sometimes the excitement might lead a person to include verses from the Bible in their holiday mailings, but doing so might not always be a good idea.
If you don’t really know much about the holiday, you might be better off leaving Bible verses out of your card because you could risk coming across as either offensive or bizarre. The last thing you want to do is cause people grief during the holidays through your own good intentions.
Tip #1: If you don’t know anything about the religious meaning of the holiday, leave out the Bible verses.
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Be Careful if You Are Religious
It’s Christmas time and a lot of people are thinking about the birth of Jesus Christ. Others aren’t: Santa Claus is more important to them. Others don’t even celebrate Christmas at all.
During such an intensely emotional season, some religious people may feel tempted to try to prompt religious conversions through the use of holiday card verses. While sharing your faith with others is a nice way to let people know more about you, take care not to issue verses bearing warnings of scathing condemnations and judgment to non-believers as your holiday card "greetings."
Tip #2: Holiday cards are intended to share joy, not to evangelize. Try to be respectful of the feelings and beliefs of others while sharing your religious holiday card verses. If you can’t, you might want to use something generic rather than Bible verses in your cards.
If You Have No Idea of What to Say…
As you can see, choosing what to say in your holiday cards may be more difficult than you thought. If you really want to use religious themes and understand what they mean to people of different faiths, you could divide your mailing list based on your recipient’s religious preferences. This way you could send religious holiday card verses to everyone that you know and send generic cards to people whose preferences are either unknown or secular, but what if someone takes offense at receiving a secular card?
Even if you categorize your mailing list, you still could run across some people who get the wrong message, so you need to make wise choices.
Tip #3: To get some ideas, check some lists of holiday card verses that are online. Here are a few that can get you started:
- Burrell Photo Labs has a comprehensive listing of appropriate verses to include in holiday cards. They list just about all the holidays too, so you can’t go wrong here.
- Ira has a good list that covers most of the end-of-year holidays and includes generic seasonal variations. After clicking the link, scroll down to see all the suggested holiday verses.
- The Phrase Finder seems to have longer, more poetic verses that are appropriate for use in holiday cards.
Armed with these tips, have fun creating, personalizing, and giving your holiday cards, as you share the joys of the season with the rest of the world.