I’m a MERRY CHRISTMAS kind of guy.
For me, and I know for lots of other folks, Happy Holidays just doesn’t cut it.
Happy depends on circumstances. If your child is in Afghanistan or a military hospital recovering from wounds, it’s not a happy holiday. If you have lost a loved one – a spouse, a child, a parent, a friend; happiness is illusive. If you are facing illness, or walking with someone through illness, it’s probably not a happy time. Perhaps you are losing or have lost your job. Maybe you are alone. The holidays are probably not happy for you.
Wishing someone “Happy Holidays” is not bad and usually expresses a sincere desire of good will. There is nothing wrong with it by any means. I believe there is a better greeting to offer people.
That greeting is MERRY CHRISTMAS!!
When I offer this greeting to someone, I am offering the deepest, most significant, intensly personal gift of myself and all that is dear to that I can offer.
For me, there is nothing more valuable in my life than Christ. When I tell you MERRY CHRISTMAS it is not about politics or a casual greeting. I am giving you a gift.
Since the greeting has “Christ” in the center, it conveys the reality of God’s love, presence, and hope to all who receive it. Whatever the reason of their unhappiness, MERRY CHRISTMAS is about a person, not a feeling. Feelings such as happiness can be affected by how many Christmas cookies we eat. They are powerful but unreliable. Christ is powerful and reliable.
MERRY CHRISTMAS reminds people that Jesus is the reason for the season. It is a greeting that reminds them that God has come looking for them, to bring them home. It reminds them that God has not forgotten them and God is with them.
I don’t use the greeting to be in your face. It is a precious gift from my heart to yours. To offer any less would be unloving and disrespectful to you. It would be to offer you less than the very best I have.
From my heart to yours,