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Paying Penance Or Worse For A Merry Christmas Greeting...

Updated on December 25, 2015

Paying Penance Or Worse For A Merry Christmas Greeting…

As a Traditional Christian, I am willing and able to take the slings and arrows for believing in the Divinity of the Christ… and, indeed, there are times when those of us who are Christians cry wolf out of some benign slight akin to what some women, gays, Blacks, and Jews do in these Politically Correct times - but last Thursday, right here in New York, the local NBC station showed a Christmas story, done in Claymation - though they would have preferred to have called it a show for the holidays - gave credence to many Christians that say that there is an outright war against mentioning “Merry Christmas” and the like… much less, uttering the Name (Jesus) for the season. In this Claymation story, one male character greeted everybody with the hurtful phrase, “Merry Christmas”; no sooner had the ‘hurtful phrase’ was said, one other character chastised the secular blasphemer for uttering “Merry Christmas” and further went on to school him that because there are others who do not believe in the meaning of Christmas… that he should have said, ‘happy holidays.’

Now, I live in Brooklyn, New York, and many of the stores selling Christmas wares and trying to entice Christians like myself - to purchase said wares - are playing Christmas songs… ironically, with the ‘hurtful’ phrase, “Merry Christmas,” and some are even playing radio stations, which play Christmas Carols - many of these stores are owned by brothers/sisters who are Jews and Muslims and maybe even atheists. I must assume that these Muslim and Jewish owners of these stores who dare play Christmas Carols and songs that utter “Merry Christmas” are masochists... but you know what they say about the love of mammon…. Those who go out of their way to make us replace “Merry Christmas” with “happy holidays” and opine about the hurt and disrespect the phrase causes others who do not buy into or adhere to the Christmas tradition, never think about those on the other side of the issue….

As a Christian, residing in Brooklyn, New York, should I be offended to overhear the phrase, “Happy Hanukkah,” as is the wont of my brothers and sisters who are Jews or to hear an uptick of traditional Muslim greetings, especially during the month celebrating Ramadan or some prideful soliloquy about the origins of Kwanzaa? Why is it that only those who give no credence to the Christmas tradition are the only ones subject to hurtful feelings when I greet someone by uttering, “Merry Christmas,” but not Christians living among a veritable melting pot of Religions? Years ago, I read somewhere where the secularists were trying to excise any references of God from Shakespeare’s works; I wonder too how these same secularists are going to treat Martin-Luther-King’s, Jr. speeches in the future that are replete with Biblical references or many of Bob Marley’s Reggae songs that mention the Christian God, and, even worse, His Son, the Christ. Please avert your eyes… for I am about to engage in hate speech: Merry Christmas and a wondrous new year in Christ Jesus' name....


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      PHC 5 years ago

      Tis the reason for the season...

      Christ-mas. If you don't believe you have no reason to celebrate or partake.

    • Peter Brenner profile image

      Peter Brenner 5 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Verily Prime, it is so Good to hear a Christian who stands up and shows his love for, and allegiance to the Son of God, who loved us and gave Himself for us.

      I was NOT born into a Christian family. i only came to know the Lord Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour at the age 38 (March 14, 1982) and my life was changed from despair and hopelessness to a life of purpose and meaning.

      God used my personal failures to wake me up and bring me to a place of genuine repentance. I will praise the Lord Jesus who out of love for my perishing soul left the glory of heaven and the praises of all the heavenly hosts to become a man so He could eventually offer Himself as the Only Acceptable, Sinless, and therefore the Only Suitable Substitutionary Atoning Sacrifice, to purchase my pardon, be the propitiation for my sins, and offer me the free gift of eternal everlasting life.

      Oh, May we all at this season express our heartfelt gratitude to God for Jesus who loved us enough to take upon Himself human flesh (Christmas - the incarnation), live a perfect, spotless life and finally give His life on Calvary to pay our sin's penalty so that we could be saved from God's impending, righteous judgment against our sins, which are many.

      Thank you for your post my friend.

      A Merry Christmas and a productive and profitable New Year to you and all your loved ones.

    • Dave Mathews profile image

      Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      God bless us everyone. Merry Christmas to all.

    • Verily Prime profile image

      Verily Prime 5 years ago from New York

      Well said and I cannot add anything - thanks again...and Indeed Merry Christmas.

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      monihp7 5 years ago from Tennessee

      I'm born and raised in Tennessee and believe we should all have the right to express our happiness for the religious holidays we celebrate. This country was founded by people that were persecuted for being Christians. This country has opened it's arms to welcome people of different faiths. GOD IS GOD, no matter the religion, we all believe in one higher power that blesses us with life. I celebrate Christmas, so when I leave a store this time of year, I don't care if you are of a different faith, I will say "Merry Christmas". If a Jewish person wants to say "Happy Hanukkah" to me I would happily wish them a "Happy Hanukkah" back or anyone of different faith. My religion is no better than anyone else. If you choose to not believe in a higher power, that's your choice, not my right to judge you but I will not subdued my love for GOD by saying Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. SO TO EVERYONE MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEARS WITH BLESSINGS FROM GOD!