Let’s see a show of hands of those of us who say “Merry Christmas” as soon as December 1st hits.
You? Oh, and you, too?
Right on, sisters!
Many years ago I had a job that I was on the phone interacting with both internal and external customers for a company. And every December I would end my conversations with “Merry Christmas!” I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I was asked to say “happy holidays” instead. Oh, once I thought I would compromise and get all British and say “Happy Christmas” but apparently that, too, wasn’t politically correct enough.
So someone would kindly remind me what to say and I would kindly reply with a smile and a “no thank you.”
I’m kind of a rebel once in a while. I mean, if Linus can remind Charlie Brown what Christmas is about year after year after year – on public television no less! – than certainly I should be able to share a simple phrase.
You see – this season is not about being politically correct.
This isn’t a season for pretending or being something we’re not.
Nor is this a time for hiding who we are or what we believe in.
This is the season about Jesus!
And, being a rule follower by nature (you can call my parents to verify this statement) I await the first of December every year.
So I can smile at every single person that meets my eyes and say “Merry Christmas!”
Not to discard them or their beliefs, but to celebrate mine.
It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the air.
My heart is for Jesus. Year round I praise Him and celebrate Him.
But something happens in December.
The trees and their lights; the songs and the smells; warm fires and chilly nights all combine together in a swirl of magic that can only be described in one word: Jesus. The trappings of the season are simply the decorations for the ultimate birthday party: His and His alone.
So, my friends – get out there! Be bold! Smile at strangers, hold doors for shoppers and when you finally get to the cash register after standing in line for longer than it took you to pick out the one gift you are in that store for, smile with the warmth of your Savior and say “Merry Christmas!”
“Merry Christmas to all! And to all a good night!”
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