So, I have this thought that has been bouncing around inside my head for a while and I have been trying to decide if I should let it out. I don’t think it’s too controversial, but then again controversial to you may be an entirely different thing to me. I know what I have to say will probably offend some of the Catholics out there, as has been evidenced by last year’s actions during this time, but here it goes.
We, Christians and Christmas celebrating pseudo christians, should not expect everyone in the United States to celebrate the Christmas holiday as we desire them to. The truth is, long ago Christmas got out of hand and became something entirely different than just the celebration of Christ’s birth, which is fine I suppose in the grand scheme of things. I don’t think Christ needs a holiday in his honor. We should be celebrating Him daily. With that said, I do not mean to advocate that we stop exchanging gifts at Christmas time, or drop any of the other accepted traditions of our day, but should we really boycott a company when they decide to start saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”? There are so many other faith traditions that celebrate holidays at this time of year; to demand that our holiday be the only one to get airtime is absurd, and I fail to see how that furthers the cause of Christ. Forcing people of other faiths to hear a store greeter say “Merry Christmas” isn’t going to do a thing for their salvation; in fact, if it were me it would probably just turn me off more to Christianity, knowing that a bunch of Christians whined and complained to get that greeter to stop saying “Happy Holidays.”
Now, I know that I have a dangerous tendency to sometimes border on religious tolerance, but I don’t think that is what this is. I fully believe that the only way to salvation is through Christ, but I don’t think that Christmas is as powerful a tool as we sometimes let on. Perhaps instead of pushing Christmas on the unwilling, we should reclaim Christmas for Christ. I’m not sure what that would look like, but I just worry about all the kids out there who think the holiday is about Santa. They are missing the true meaning of Christmas, and I think that when there was that big push last year to save Christmas, it was more about Santa than Christ, but that’s just my opinion. Lets let everyone know what Christmas is really about: the birth of a child whose sacrificial death and resurrection make it possible for us to be with God for eternity in the afterlife.