By Shea Northcut
As we approach the Christmas holiday (just three days away), it is important to remember the significance of wishing people a ‘Merry Christmas’ during this time. It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season that we often times forget to take a moment to wish someone a Merry Christmas and to remember the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
In recent days as I have been working to finish up my Christmas shopping, it is becoming more evident to me how many people are replacing the traditional ‘Merry Christmas’ with ‘Happy Holidays’ or other forms or fashions of greetings. In recent news, Congressmen aren’t even allowed to say Merry Christmas in their mailings.
You may wonder what the big deal is when doing so.
Since Christmas revolves around the birth of Jesus more than 2000 years ago, it’s important to recognize the CHRIST in CHRISTmas. Many companies in their advertisements use Happy Holidays or take another twist at all of the different religious traditions happening around this time of the year. This is one of the biggest holidays for Christians to celebrate and praise God for sacrificing his Son to come to the Earth to us.
As Faith Driven Consumers, let’s take a moment from all of the busyness and find rest in the reason for this season. Yes, it is important to prepare for traveling, family gatherings, and the purchasing of last minute gifts—but also remember to take some time and remember what the true reason for this season is: Immanuel, God with us.