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"Walk By Faith, Not By Sight" 2 Corinthians 5:7

Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays?

It’s that time of year. The time when the lights go up, pretty packages and parcels are sent to loved ones around the world, and a time to bicker over the correct words to say to everyone to send warm wishes.
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I feel like this has become a recent debate with us millenials, which term is politically correct. The grand debate? Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays.

We have become an overly sensitized society, letting the littlest of things upset us. When has it become an issue to wish someone either or?

So which one should we use?
I say, use either. Christmas is an international holiday, whether you believe in Christ or not. In fact, there are some ppaganagan traditions that fall into the Christmas season. But paganism is not the only thing that falls within this season. So do other holidays. There’s Hannikuh, and New Year’s, not to mention, I’m sure, other holidays aroaround the worldund the world that we are not familiar with.

So what’s the big deal?
There shouldn’t be one! In all honesty, our warm wishes should be more noticed by the meaning behind them, such as love, hope, peace, joy, excitement, and sincerity. Christians, I’m going to call you out on this one: We need to get over it! If someone cuts out Christ from Christmas, we should not be offended, but rather be encouraged. Perhaps that is an opportunity for us to share the Gospel. And maybe not. Maybe we are simply to pray. Pray for them to know the hope in Christ. Pray that they are healthy. Pray for them to have a safe and enjoyable holiday season. This season encompasses a lot of different celebrations. Let’s celebrate as true Christians and love on those who are not. Instead of saying with snark ‘Merry Christmas’ in response to a warm happy holidays, smile, and say thank you, and wish the same for them. After all, Christmas is considered a holiday on the calendar.

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Hi! I'm Shannon, a lover of dogs, coffee, books, words, and Jesus! I hold a Bachelor's in English, with a minor in Communications from Florida State University (Go 'Noles!). Take a peak around, meet Tucker, my rescue mutt, and say 'Hi!'

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This entry was posted on December 13, 2015 by in Holidays, Life, Thoughts and tagged , , , .

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