The holidays are the perfect time of year to give back. You'll very often find folks you know volunteering during this festive yuletide in a bid to give back to their community and demonstrate compassion and sensitivity. One popular mode of volunteering is working as a bell-ringer for the Salvation Army.
The Christian organization stations folks with those famous red buckets and infamous bells on busy street corners and in front of store fronts where they ask for donations. One volunteer, Kristina Vindiola, was doing just that when something happened that took her completely by surprise.
The Salvation Army's protocol dictates that its volunteers say either "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays" while accepting donations on their behalf. Vindiola was doing just that, choosing to say "Happy Holidays" when one woman confronted her. The woman in question demanded to know if Vindiola was a Christian and proceeded to tell her that she should be saying "Merry Christmas." Then, before leaving (without making a donation), she punched Vindiola in the arm.
If that woman was hoping to spread the good news about Christians being tolerant, loving, and accepting, she messed up riiiiiight around the place where she PUNCHED A VOLUNTEER FOR A CHRISTIAN ORGANIZATION. The last thing a volunteer should have to worry about during the holidays is being attacked -- let alone by someone who alleges that they follow Christian teachings.
The police were called to the scene, but no arrests were made. I think they should have hauled that punchy-Grinch away for the entire Christmas season. If your glad tidings of great joy include punching someone who is genuinely doing good -- then you deserve it!
Do you say "Happy Holidays" or "Merry Christmas"?