As a boy growing up in a Baptist home, I was raised on the principles of the Holy Bible – the Word of God. I was taught that the real reason we celebrate the Christmas season is not because of the brightly colored lights, the beautifully decorated houses and trees, or even the packages under the tree. I was taught that Christmas is the time of year when we remember the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ – the Savior and Redeemer of the world. I was taught that it is His birthday, not mine, and so my focus should be on Him, and not my own selfish desires as I anticipate if I got that one special gift that I asked for. I was taught that Jesus Christ – the Son of the True and Living God – the Light and the Life of the world – is the best gift given to humanity by the Father Himself. He gave to the world His Only Begotten Son. There is no GREATER gift.
It is for those reasons that at this time of year, I am forever amazed, and perhaps I shouldn’t be, at the number of people who claim to take offense when the two little words “Merry Christmas” are spoken. What is it that offends them so much? People have no problem with someone saying “Happy Kwanzaa” or “Happy Hanukkah”, but yet “Merry Christmas” supposedly offends them. It seems to be the politically correct thing to say “Happy Holidays” which the average person can accept without any objection. Personally, I say that it is yet another ploy to take the name of CHRIST out of EVERYTHING.
I make no apologies to anyone for choosing not to be politically correct. I choose. as a Christian, to stand up for what I believe. Everyone is free to express their holiday greetings as they see fit, but as for me and my house, We Wish You A Merry Christmas! And if that should offend someone, well what more can I say? In the words of the Dickens’ character, Tiny Tim, God bless us everyone!