Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

Just want to take a moment to explain our views on how to greet one another during the holidays. We must always greet others with love, respect, and “to the glory of God,” but what words should we use? The controversy has arisen again this year concerning the use of “Happy Holidays” rather than “Merry Christmas” as a regular greeting during this season of the year. Apparently, some folks are offended by the Christmas greeting because the word includes the title, Christ. That leads one, supposedly to think of the Christ, and this is offensive to those who do not believe in God, or Jesus Christ, or religion, or . . .  heaven or hell! We could spend all of our time and energy modifying our language to exclude any inferences to religion, but we then would have a difficult time communicating with each other.

The preferred greeting offered by offendees, by the way, is “Happy Holidays,” which they do not seem to know includes an implied reference to a Holy Day. Yes, Holiday is just a shortened way to describe the Holy Day on which Christ was born. We use holiday to describe other special days of the year, as well. Most of those other special days have a religious connection or significance as well.

All of this is to say that we would have a difficult time trying to extricate ourselves from the ingrained significance and connection we have with God, our Father/Creator and His Son, Jesus Christ. It would be far better to come to faith in Him, follow Him, and spend eternity with Him. And it really doesn’t matter whether you say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays. He is honored either way, if you are saying it from the heart.

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