The great Christian debate….Should we say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?
This, by the way, is absolutely RIDICULOUS. Here’s why:
OK…I’ll be honest…it really irks me when someone writes Merry X-mas. Christ is the reason for Christmas so please do not X Him out. Christmas is a day set aside for us to honor and celebrate His birth, even though Christmas has become highly commercialized in recent years.
Does that mean people who do not share my religious views CAN’T celebrate Christmas? Absolutely not!!
As Christians, we are supposed to be Christ like. Do you honestly believe that Jesus would be arguing with people over whether they say Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas? This is supposed to be a time of love, friendship, caring, joy, etc… How can we claim to love others if we get mad at them for saying Happy Holidays? We are not supposed to shove our religion down the throats of others. “They will know me by my fruit”. How are others supposed to look at many Christians and say “I want to be like them” when they are judgmental, negative and nitpicky? Yes…I said nitpicky.
In the United States, we have freedom of religion. If more of us just focus on being a good, loving person and focus on doing what Jesus would do instead of focusing on finding the flaws in others, the world would be a much better place. Maybe more people would see us and say “Hey…those people who love God are really nice, happy people. I want to know more”. NO ONE is going to want to know how to be a judgmental, negative, nitpicky person.
Who cares whether you say Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas? As long as everyone is getting along and wishing others well, we should be happy. Christians should strive to be the better person. They should strive to be like our Lord and Savior. In my opinion, that has somehow become lost in the shuffle of Christians attempting to claim we are better than everyone else and then trying to shove that down everyone else’s throat.
Think of it this way…what if I won the lottery and I decided to throw you a birthday party. I rent a HUGE hall and put out a public invitation for everyone to come celebrate your birthday. Among the guests are quite a few people who don’t even know you and a few people who know you but don’t like you. They are there dancing, singing, visiting and having a great time. How would you feel if one of your friends went to all of these people and told them to leave because they either don’t know you or don’t like you. When they insisted they are just there having fun and not hurting anyone, your friend got even more vocal and began screaming at them to leave your birthday party. How would that make you feel?
I’m sure Jesus feels just as horrible when He sees Christians arguing over whether people should say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays. Just be happy and show others the true joy of the holiday by being Christ like. Try it. You might like it.
Today is the first day of the rest of your life. What will you do with it?