At some point in the Christmas season you have probably heard the term “the war on Christmas”. The term was coined from an on-going battle some organizations have with retailers who opt for the more inclusive politically correct term “happy holidays”. Those taking issue with the term “happy holidays” are trying to persuade the retail outlets and other organizations to keep Christ in Christmas.
As more people feel the need to opt for “happy holidays” instead of “merry Christmas”, I think it only highlights the need for Christians to get our message out. Personally, I don’t think our message should be forcing people to say “Merry Christmas” instead of “happy holidays” — although I’d be happy if they did!
My thought is that by forcing people to say “Merry Christmas” instead of “happy holidays” — the former greeting could become as meaningless and ho-hum as the later. Instead, I think Christians should use the opportunity to lovingly share with happy holiday-ers the reason why they themselves choose to say Merry Christmas. Use the opportunity not to force them to switch their preferred greeting, but instead plant a seed in their thought that gets them thinking about the real reason for the season.
They may not immediately change their greeting, but I guarantee that they are watching the attitude in which we respond in the season when we are supposed to be full of hope, peace, and love for mankind. If they see that hope, peace, and love displayed in conjunction with the story of the First Christmas — perhaps they would be willing to ask you for more information about this Christ Child.
Then next Christmas season — if the message clicks — perhaps they’ll greet you with a hearty “Merry Christmas”, not because they wish to avoid a lecture, but because they now believe in the Reason!