Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Merry Christmas....I mean Happy Holidays!

Yes....here we go again. That season is upon us. OK all you bank tellers, grocery store workers, retail store clerks.....I know you secretly want to say "Merry Christmas!" to your customers, but whatever you do, bite your tongue. You know the company policy. We don't want to offend anyone. Just politely say "Happy Holidays". And don't forget to smile. 

How dare you remind someone that the reason for all the December excitement and celebration is.....shhhh (Christmas). Soon even Santa will start exclaiming, "Merry Holiday to all, and to all a good night." Lowes will be selling Holiday trees and Holiday wreathes. And what about the Holiday lights that everyone will put up. Parades will be referred to as Holiday parades. Office parties will be Holiday parties. People will be rushing to buy Holiday presents before it's Holiday eve. And on Holiday day, we can all gather the family to open our Holiday gifts and then later have Holiday dinner together, with Holiday cheer and Holiday candy. 

And what about the Holiday songs. They need to be changed too. Soon radio stations will be playing "I'm Dreaming Of A White Holiday", "O Holiday Tree, O Holiday Tree", "The 12 Days Of Holiday", "We Wish You A Merry Holiday", and they'll dub Elvis' voice to sing, "I'll Have A Blue Holiday Without You".

Christmas (ooops, I mean Holiday) movies will need to be re-released as "White Holiday", "The Grinch Who Stole Holiday", "Holiday Story", and "Holiday Vacation". And what about the great poem, "The Night Before Holiday"? We will need to re-learn everything! "Merry Christmas" will need to go 'underground'!

Somewhere, though, a remnant will remain. There will still be a select few, scattered among us. who secretly will say "Merry Christmas" to each other, maybe softly, maybe even just mouthing the words, silently. But somehow, someway, this phrase, which is on its way to being banned for public use, will survive. There will be a remnant that carries on. And someday children will be taught how long ago, a cheerful, joyous greeting was once exchanged between 2 people at Christmas time, with a smile and a sparkle of excitement in their eyes. 

And hopefully, this winter Holiday greeting will eventually come full circle - once everyone realizes who the offended ones really are. WE ARE!  It's the Christians! "Happy Holidays" is the offensive term, not "Merry Christmas!"  To us, "Happy Holidays!" tries to cover up the real meaning of Christmas. Christmas is all about Christ. If you don't like "Merry Christmas" -  sorry! But Christmas is about Christ - and it's about us - Christians.

The reason we say "Merry Christmas!" is because Christ's love is for all people, regardless of who they are. And because of that, we as Christians extend our best wishes to everyone, regardless if you are a Christian or not. "Merry Christmas!"is a positive, gracious, cheerful greeting, not an offensive one. 

We need to not be ashamed of "Merry Christmas!", it would be like being ashamed of the Gospel message - the good news of the birth of a baby King, Immanuel, God with us, the King of all kings, who became our King - who brings hope and peace and joy. Now that's something to celebrate, proclaim, and share!

So............."Merry Christmas!" to all, and to all a good night.

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