Sunday, November 27, 2011

Taking The "Christ" Out Of Christmas

It's that time of year. And, as a few Facebook posts have already reminded me... it's easy to fall into the trap of the Merry Christmas vs Happy Holidays debate. What's right? What's offensive? 

False rumors about the White House not putting up Christmas Trees have begun. The rumor states that they will be called "Holiday Trees" - and a debate about taking the "Christ" out of Christmas ensues. Numerous Christians take personal insult when people choose the word "Holiday" over "Christmas". Somebody will complain about a the Walmart greeter wishing them a "Happy Holiday" instead of a "Merry Christmas". It goes on... and on... and on.

And, more often than not, these are the same people that often remind us to not forget the true meaning of Christmas... the birth of Jesus. While at first these two arguments seem to go hand in hand, in reality, they couldn't be more opposite. If the true meaning of Christmas is celebrating the birth of Jesus...

  • It doesn't matter what the White House calls their tree.
  • It doesn't matter if a store clerk wishes you a happy holiday.
  • It doesn't matter if stores stop selling Christmas trees.
  • It doesn't matter if nobody put up a Christmas light again.
All that matters is that you celebrate the holiday as the birth of Jesus. What other people say and do has no effect on your true beliefs. As a Christian, your beliefs have never existed because of Walmart ads, or what the White House does. A Christian complaining about anyone "Taking the Christ out of Christmas" is simply the highest insult to any believer. You believe with all of your heart and soul, and nothing as trivial as this can even put a dent in your beliefs. 

Christ will never be taken out of Christmas. Period. Because every December 25, all over the world, I guarantee every seat in the church will be packed. Voices will be singing, and celebrating, and that can't be taken away.

"Every Who down in who-ville, the tall and the small, was singing! Without any presents at all! He HADN'T stopped Christmas from coming! IT CAME! Somehow or other, it came just the same!

And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?" ~ Dr. Seuss, How The Grinch Stole Christmas

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