Saturday, December 22, 2007
The Reason for the Season - JESUS
Matthew 1:21 (King James Version)
"And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins."
The last few years have seen an obvious change in the way businesses handle greetings for the Christmas holiday. When I was growing up, in fact, when our children were growing up, everyone wished each other a "Merry Christmas!"
But the last few years many stores and businesses have tried to be politically correct, so they started wishing folks "Happy Holidays" instead. This year, it seems like most of the clerks we have dealt with are just not saying anything. If we wish the clerk a Merry Christmas, we get a Merry Christmas in return. But if we don't say anything, they don't either. They just take our money, and go about their business. Has anyone else noticed this?
I realize that strangers who greet each other at this time of the year don't know if they are speaking to a Christian, or not. But hubby and I say Merry Christmas, regardless, because that is what WE are celebrating! Would I be offended if someone greeted me with Happy Chanukah? No, I would not. I would wish them a Happy Chanukah in return, without a moment's hesitation. Of course, Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday, but if I knew that someone was celebrating that time of remembrance, I would wish them Habari Gani, too.
I think the overall principle here is that it is to be a time of "Good Will Toward ALL Men." And that is what I try to live.
May you and yours have a wonderful Christmas time together.