Happy Holidays vs. Merry Christmas ....who cares!

12.06.10 | Bob Price | Comments[12]

I am all for keeping Christ in Christmas – after all, he invented Christmas. We invented the holiday. A Rasmussen Reports survey reveals that most Americans prefer "Merry Christmas" over Happy Holidays. I know I do. I also know however, that the "Merry" part of Christmas is more a reflection of our actions and attitudes, not in how we "package" the holiday with our advertising, or words.

I have seen too many adherents of the "Merry Christmas and nothing else will suffice crowd" show anything but merriment or a Christ-like attitude when confronting the Happy Holiday culture. While pondering the "Merry Christmas" versus "Happy Holiday" debate, I am baffled that so many Christians expect non-Christians to act like Christians !!! If a teenage sales-clerk wishes you "Happy Holidays" at the mall – don't correct them !! Wish them a "Happy Holidays, or Merry Christmas, – back. And do it with a smile on your face.

I have a hard time believing that the Savior of the universe came to earth two thousand years ago, was born of a virgin, died a horrible death, was resurrected 3 days later, and ascended back to heaven to make eternal life possible for us ....just so we could engage in the same tired old Christmas wars every December. Let's get on with it people !! We live in a post-Christian world with a lot of people headed for Hell because they don't know Christ.

Point of fact, there is no Christmas without Christ – there is no life without Christ – and there is no eternity without Christ. That's what a dying world needs to hear this Christmas season.

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on 12.06.10 Liz commented

You're correct Bob, who are we to expect those who don't celebrate it to do the same as us? We may be the only Christ-mas that a store clerk ever meets. Why not show it by just wishing them a "Merry Christmas" and offer them a warm heartfelt smile?

on 12.06.10 Amanda commented

When I was a teen, my teen leader once told me that some people may think that they are avoiding Christ by saying "Happy Holidays". He pointed out that the word holiday has the work "holi" (holy) in it. I always think of that and have often thought "Happy HOLYdays".

on 12.06.10 Judy commented

I am glad you are chatting about this... just yesterday a friend gave me a pin that says "It's OK to say Merry Christmas to me!"

I think that is cool... but am glad you are chatting about this due to I do have some anxiety about how to respond... especially due to years ago, I insisted on saying "Happy Holidays" ;( Glad God's Grace is bigger than me trying to make up for it!! :)

on 12.06.10 Jeff commented

i can appreciate the non-christian population sidestepping the the real reason for the season. however, we as Christians should not be pushed out of our own holiday. those people who deem Jesus as politically incorrect for the season need not celebrate it if they find it offensive. i mean if you are offended by a video game do go and buy it then complain the entire time your playing it..? love in Christ Jesus,
Jeff

on 12.06.10 Chad commented

We're called to be salt and light, and sometimes salt stings. It's not about expecting non-Christians to act like Christians. It is about us reminding others that there is a God and that he provides the path to salvation. We risk turning some off if we come across as ungracious, but we also cannot be a light to this world if we refuse to bother others with the truth of Christ!

on 12.06.10 ange commented

you know, i would rather have the words 'merry christmas' to retain their meaning...
and it seems to me that expecting people who don't even know Christ or have never experienced the joy that He gives to say 'merry christmas' is simply to demand hypocrisy...
if you know how wonderful Jesus is, then say it...with more than a little 'merry christmas' at the shops...
if you don't know how wonderful He is, then i hope you hear much more than 'merry christmas' from us who do!!

on 12.07.10 Alan Davies commented

As far as X mas, most non christians, and alot of christians do not know this or know greek. so to them, especially the world, it "is taking Christ out of Christmas"
Of cours if U R a true christian, you celebrate Christ's birth, death and resurrection every day of your life, not just when the world or Hallmark wants U to.................

on 12.07.10 Alan Davies commented

As far as X mas, most non christians, and alot of christians do not know this or know greek. so to them, especially the world, it "is taking Christ out of Christmas"
Of cours if U R a true christian, you celebrate Christ's birth, death and resurrection every day of your life, not just when the world or Hallmark wants U to.................

on 12.09.10 Mary Latona commented

Bob - You are right that there are alot of people out and among us who have no clue that Christmas is about Jesus. Thoughout the decades, Christmas has turned into a materialistic holiday that encourages false expectations and heavy spending, instead of the worshipful celebration of the greatest gift of all...Jesus! But we who know better have the opportunity to share the truth, and to get the Word out. Now is the day of salvation. I invite you and others to check out my video of a song I wrote called "Who Needs to Know?". I gave Cecil a copy. Look it up on YouTube...Who Needs To Know Mary Latona. It has a great message that people need to hear.

on 12.14.10 david commented

would like to know that book about the boy, 3 and half yrs old that "went to Heaven" heard a piece of it on radio. can't find it here/help pls
DavidBeyer77@aol.com THANK YOU

on 12.14.10 david commented

would like to know that book about the boy, 3 and half yrs old that "went to Heaven" heard a piece of it on radio. can't find it here/help pls
DavidBeyer77@aol.com THANK YOU

on 12.10.11 Jim Shooter commented

Christmas evolved from pagan rituals, that took place before Christianity.

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