Happy Holidays Versus Merry Christmas and Other Dumb Debates


As the world continues in a downward spiral, the season for dumb debates is in full swing. Christians are wasting energy on the same “Happy Holidays versus Merry Christmas” useless chatter. Since December 25 is not the actual day Christ was born, why not consider the fact that several holidays fall in December. In addition to Christmas, there is Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, and the newly minted secular HumanLight. Each deserves to be acknowledged and respected.

What makes this a dumb debate? Of all the things happening in the world, this type of disagreement should not be one that activists take a major stance on. It does not inherently affect people’s lives. Most of the people who fight for “Merry Christmas” are Christians who want to “put Christ back in Christmas”. This is all good except they must have forgotten Christ was not an original ingredient of this season. The early Christians adopted the birth of Christ into the pagan holidays of the time. This helped continue the celebrations and festivities without ignoring the Christian religion.

Christians are encouraged to spread the love of Christ to everyone. Is it too much to expect the same with the celebration of Christ’s birth? Not all people celebrate the season the same. Hence the question, “What would Jesus do?” Surely, he would want people to display loving behavior toward everyone — especially if they are different. The holidays are a time of joy, and getting meticulous over a celebratory greeting or salutation is not showing them much kindness.

The dumb debate over whether one should say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy holidays” has been going on for decades. America is more religiously and culturally diverse than ever before and the reality seemingly poses a “threat” to those used to Christianity being the dominant religion. Instead of embracing another opportunity to walk in love, many would rather argue a ridiculous point of view.holiday

This is a great place to highlight another dumb debate – Xmas. This has long been an offensive expression of Christmas for Christians, but it is very doubtful that it would offend Jesus. In the “Christian” Bible, the New Testament was originally written in Greek and the corresponding letter for Christ is “X.” Contrary to popular belief, it was not instituted by anti-Jesus mechanisms to replace Christ in Christmas with the English alphabet X. So, before getting bent out of shape this season, one must ask, if a letter cannot really replace the Son of God, why are they offended?

The ecumenical symbol originated in the early Christian church and has since become a source of disagreement for followers of Jesus. December 25 is the day set aside to celebrate the Son of God’s birth, but many know this is not the actual day of his birth.

The history of the word Xmas is actually more respectable and even fascinating than one might suspect. Even still, without any research or foundational information, many have succumbed to the default belief that Xmas should be viewed as offensive. The truth is, it should not affect anyone’s personal admiration of the honoree any more than Happy Holidays versus Merry Christmas. Instead, it falls under the “dumb debate” category that surrounds the glorious season of Christmas.

Too many Christians are so Heaven bound; they have no connection with the people they are supposed to evangelize. For the most part, only Christians are in their circle of peers. They are often inundated with Christian stickers, metal fish symbols on their vehicles, and sporting their Christian t-shirts, as the real world continues to pass them by.

Happy Holidays versus Merry Christmas is a moot point. With all of the chaos going on in the world, that energy should be used to unite the already divided church and love the unchurched.  Ultimately, life boils down to what people make things mean, not what others say. Remember, the biggest contradiction to the birth of Jesus is the absence of love. So Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas, Season’s Greetings, Feliz Navidad or even Happy Xmas; whichever works, just make sure it is a time of sharing, caring, joy and peace.

Opinion by Cherese Jackson (Virginia)


The Bible Study Site: Why is Christmas shortened to XMAS?
The Atlantic: Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays, Round 2,016

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