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"Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays"

Updated on December 10, 2011

Choosing Our Battles?

The following was my response to a comment / discussion on the whole "Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays" debate.

 My response here may shock a few. As I left the Dr's office a few weeks ago 2 different employees wished me "Happy Holidays", I wished them both a Merry Christmas, as I exited the building "something" knocked me upside the head (figuratively) I believe it was God and conviction. While my intent was "good", I was wrong, very wrong. Thanksgiving hadn't even yet come, these people who wished me Happy Holidays, and whom I wouldn't see again till May of next year, were covering Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, (and them not knowing my beliefs), any other holiday that might apply, and what about their beliefs, the employees. Surely any Jewish patients they have would feel slighted with "Merry Christmas". Should an employee be made to say "Merry Christmas" if they don't follow it? If your answer is yes, how would you feel about an employer telling you to wish someone a holiday you don't support or believe in?

 Yes, we are a predominantly Christian nation, we are / were founded on Biblical tenets, but, we were also not bound to following Christ. Our Founding Fathers (well over 90% Christian) sought to avoid a "state", "Religion", especially state run! This gave, and allowed all the freedom to worship without interference, as long as it didn't supercede basic laws (ie no human sacrifice's etc). For many years as Christianity dominated, this "season" was seen as the Christmas Season, however as we've become a more blended nation and many "holiday's" have been incorporated. The word Holiday also implies "Holy Day" so it's not a total affront to say "Happy Holidays". IF we want our Holidays to not be disrespected by other religions, we need to not disrespect theirs as well (do unto others). 

 I do not refer to a Christmas tree as a holiday tree as that doesn't even make sense, however, I also don't see anything Christian about the tree... other than "tradition". Actually most of what Christmas has come to be about has nothing to do with Jesus Christ or Christianity anymore, not that it ever had a whole lot to begin with. It was a blended pagan "hybrid" implemented by Constantine (the ultimate people pleasing politician). Prior to his reign in the 300's there was NO acknowledgement of Christs birth as a celebrated day, heck, December wouldn't even line up with the right time of year! (October at the LATEST) (more likely September). The Jewish feasts & festivals NEVER changed even after Christ, not even for the Jews who followed Christ. So, to implement His birth made no sense to them. However there was a pagan religion who's "god's" birth was celebrated..., Constantine kept everyone "happy & appeased". 

 Jesus life, Ministry, Words and Spirit should be in our hearts everyday, as great as His birth is, it was His death and Resurrection that defeated death for us, all pointing to our own "REbirth". Birth in itself brings one into a world wrought with sin, rebirth brings us into God's plan & ideal. God bless ya'll this Season of many "Holidays". It's really interesting to note what the Messianic Jews will celebrate. Blessings! Lastly, consider this, IF we (as Christians) were as passionate about people, as adamant about adversity, as fired up about feeding (the hungry), as caring about clothing (the naked), as hyper about helping, or as serious about serving & saving as we are about "keeping Christ in Christmas" He'd likely never have been taken out. And no matter what the world does, or takes away it can never take "Christ out of your Christmas" unless you allow it. Do we "need" a "season", do we "need" a "day"? I arise every morning because I live for Him, He is the reason that I am, yesterday, tomorrow (Lord willing), and today. I set out everyday to live it for Him, many days (heck everyday) I fall short of my goal, BUT I give it my all to be surrendered to Him, be it Christmas or halloween, be it a Sunday or a Monday. Pray that "we" as Christians are a celebration of Jesus Christ EVERYDAY, that others be made aware of Him, by seeing Him in us - daily, and in a Godly spirit. Peace.


In Christ

Jimm Bacon


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      Jimm Bacon 6 years ago from Florida

      Thank you all for commenting, sorry it took me a bit to get back to this, I've been battling a horrible cold and a crazy holiday season, all the holidays! lol. I'm personally a Merry Christmas kind of person, my greater point with this writing was the passion we fight with for things like Merry Christmas, yet so many other things we don't seem so passionate about. Jesus commanded us as Christians on certain things and we seem to get caught up with "other" things while neglecting those He commanded. Hunger, homelessness and people lost to a world of sin and addiction (of all sorts) don't often move our hearts, mouths, writings, etc as much as "Happy Holidays" etc. Hoping everyone had a safe & blessed season, I saw a few pass away and many blessed. God is good, all the time!

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      Jake 6 years ago

      Let's tell it like it is. The "happy holidays" garbage is just one of the things the leftwing has promoted to drive religion from the public square. Just like they extirpated praying from public schools, do their best to remove nativity scenes from public areas, and dozens of similar things. Some of them want to remove "In God we trust" from the money. I speak as an agnostic who fully grasps the role played by religious dissidents in the European settling of America, and that Judeo-Christian ideas were in the warp and woof of the Republic from its founding. Religion in this country is getting to the status it had in the old Soviet Union – tolerated within the houses of worship, not welcome anywhere outside them.

      The irritating thing is they can get millions of people saying "happy holidays" without even thinking. I celebrate a secular version of Christmas. We used to talk of the Christmas season, Christmas gifts, Christmas trees, Christmas sales, Christmas lights on one's house, Christmas cards, Christmas songs, Christmas cookies - now you can replace the dreaded word "Christmas" with "holiday". How hard is to ask "Do you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa?" For a few years, I endured idiots who wished me a "happy holiday", thinking it's the thought that counts, but not anymore. The people who use that meaningless greeting are actually being thoughtless. If I'm in a bad mood, I'll answer "Which one?" Otherwise, I'll say cheerfully "I celebrate Christmas!", and then let them recover however they want to.

      P.S.: To all who celebrate it, Merry Christmas.

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      videogameviking 6 years ago from California

      Nice article!

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      Jeff Shirley 6 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      The problem is not with other religions. The problem is with the politically correct who don't want to offend anyone except Christians. And it is with those who are trying to remove religion from public discourse. It is this minority of people who are most adamantly behind "Happy holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas." The latter don't care if you are Jewish, Christian, Muslim or whatever. They want to see all religious belief silenced.

      I do agree that we need to bring glory to Christ all year round and not just at Christmas. Thanks for the article.