I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas! The Lord is good. He is Holy. And He is worthy to receive all glory and honor and power!!!
At a friend’s get together a week ago, one man, a brother in Christ, shared how a clerk had told him “happy holidays” and he had replied to her how offended he was by that. I really struggled with what to say to respond to him. He’s the kind of person who doesn’t listen well. Later on in another discussion, he made a comment on how important it was that something wasn’t in the Bible, and I did manage to say “well, merry Christmas isn’t in the Bible either.” Maybe that was all I needed to say at that time.
But it is something I’ve thought about since. I’ve said “happy holidays” many times. Mostly because I love that it’s Christmas and New Year so close together. Our family takes off a week or two from school in order to really have a relaxing holiday. It IS the holidays. It’s not ‘just’ Christmas. We get to enjoy two holidays!
But also, we should try very hard to not take offense. 1 Corinthians says love is not easily provoked. To me there is a huge difference in someone saying that *I* cannot say “Merry Christmas” and expecting everyone else to say it to me. Why should they? What does it matter what they say? What matters is what I say (and besides, saying “Merry Christmas” isn’t sharing or even acknowledging Christ).
Anyway, I hope that my friend ponders his stance a little more deeply. And my family had a wonderful Christmas! I hope yours did too!!