Please Make Other People Respect My Holiday

This is the time of year I usually begin to get forwarded e-mail messages from people who want to keep Christ in Christmas, or, as the subject line typically screams, “LET’S KEEP CHRIST IN CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”  Sometimes these people are angry.  They’re tired of hearing people say “Happy Holidays,” instead of “Merry Christmas.”  They don’t like those signs that announce “X-mas Trees for Sale.”  They want somebody to do something about it, and often they want me to do something about it.  That’s why they forward those e-mails.

I found some excellent suggestions in an article by Mary Fairchild, who writes:

“The number one way to keep Jesus Christ in your Christmas celebrations is to have him present in your daily life. If you’re not sure what it means to become a believer in Christ, check out this article on “How to Become a Christian.” If you’ve already accepted Jesus as your Savior and made him the center of your life, keeping Christ in Christmas is more about the way you live your life than the things you say—such as “Merry Christmas” versus “Happy Holidays” (click HERE to read the rest of the article, which includes a number of simple, practical suggestions like reading the Christmas story from Luke 2 with your family; planning a project of “good will”; going Christmas caroling in a nursing home; or writing a letter to a missionary). 

Ms. Fairchild hints that any attempt to force Christ into someone else’s Christmas celebration will be unsuccessful, but “where meek souls will receive him still, the dear Christ enters in.” 

What if Christians celebrated Christmas in such a winsome and faithful way that souls all around them began opening up to “the dear Christ”?  What if you and I tried to do that?

Mary Fairchild’s suggestions are good ones.  Maybe you have others you could add to the list by clicking “comments” below.

2 thoughts on “Please Make Other People Respect My Holiday

  1. Ms. Fairchild makes a notable point.

    There is nothing wrong with saying Happy Holidays. What about Seasons Greetings? Not everybody celebrates Christmas, so one shouldn’t be forcing their holiday beliefs on somebody else… if you are Jewish or Muslim, do you throw a temper tantrum when a Christian doesn’t say to you, “Happy Hanukkah” or “Happy Kwanzaa?” No, you don’t.

    Enjoy your Holiday Season, your immediate family, your freshly placed X-mas tree, and thank God for all your blessings.

  2. Hey, who’s throwing a tantrum? Christians celebrate the birth of Christ. Saying “Merry Christmas” is a joyful, happy greeting. It is not forcing Christianity on anyone. It is not “holidays”either. We don’t need to be apologetic or fearful of offending. Already, I have had many people wish me a Merry Christmas. Some were from my Jewish friends! They didn’t hesitate or wonder if they were offensive. As an aside, and respectfully stated, there is no such word as “x-mas”! Now that, to me, is offensive, but you are forgiven.

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