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Jesus was born when all lambs are born; in the spring. Its good to celebrate His birth as long as we keep in mind why He came in the first place. To die in our place & by Him dying it made a way for His Spirit/life to take up permanent residence in the repentant heart.
In my opinion that is why there is such a push to remove Christ out of Christmas. God bless you all & may He find a resting place in our hearts all year long. Gary White
Christianity loses validity when people who claim to be Christians use that faith to poke or fight, or when they reduce faith to internet fodder.
BUTWISER and RG201508 - you both made good points. Not that the others made bad points, but I like the way you made yours. I am a Christian, and I say Merry Christmas AND Happy Holidays, as the situation warrants. There are true Christians who understand what the true meaning of Christmas is meant to be, and there are "Christians" for whom Christmas is nothing more than an extended holiday whereby parties, drinking, and gift giving is the order of the day. Society does everything it can to add to the commercialism of the season.
My view is that if the word Christ, Christian, Savior, etc. is used, then you must be a fanatic. It seems sometimes as if our culture has gone around the bend to try to be so accepting of other peoples' religions that Christianity no longer has validity.
I'm getting off point here...entire books could be written about this topic. In short, there are so many more important topics and events that people need to be working on making right than worrying about whether or not to say Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays to someone. As long as you are saying what you feel, and not saying it to force someone to say it back to you, then live and let live. Religious freedom was one of the tenents on which this country was founded. We need to remember that.
On that note, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone, and may you all enjoy a prosperous New Year!
born and raised with "Merry Christmas". Not offended by other greetings. I do not like the use of an "X" instead of Christ in example Xmas. To me that is sacreligous. Use what ever greeting your holiday prefers. I will use Merry Christmas, thank you very much!
With my dad being a youth pastor, I always grew up believing we celebrated Christmas to celebrate the birth of Jesus, which I believe is just as important as his death because without the birth, there can be no death.Anyways, personally, I do want to keep Christ in Christmas, but I do not PUSH that on others. I have Jewish family, and they are not offended with a Merry Christmas, as I am not offended with Happy Holidays or whatever anyone says for their respected religion. I do believe we have become overly sensitive to this subject as to others. For example, changing it from Christmas tree to Holiday tree. Some people say they do not celebrate Christmas for the birth of Jesus Christ, but as a time for love and joy, but you don't change the name of the holiday so why change the name of the tree? I am a Christian and proud of it, but I also respect other beliefs. I'm not offended by any means of Happy Holidays, but I don't want to see people stop using Merry Christmas. Maybe it's because of my beliefs or the fact it gives me this feeling that can't be explained. Celebrate what makes you happy as long as you're spreading joy, love, and peace.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, etc. (:
Will always be Merry Christmas to me - I have worked with people who were Jewish and when they said Happy Hanukah I was no more offended than they were when I said Merry Christmas to them. The reason is because we respected each other and the beliefs of the others. Absolutely no effort to be politically correct.
As for celebrating the birth of my Lord and Savior Jesus - yes I do that, but celebrating HIS RESURRECTION at Easter is far more important to me.
Christians celebrate Christ in all ways possible. In His birth, in His death, in His life that he gave for all of our sins. Merry Christmas!!
Merry Christmas everyone.
No one knows the actual birth date of Jesus. So it is not the reason for the season. I thought Christians were supposed to celebrate his death not his birth...???
i think its a valid point that other religions celebrate their holidays during this time of year. plus nobody knows the birth of christ, the bible doesnt specify. the only reason why its in december is because back during the early days of christianity, the catholic church was trying to convert pagans and pagans had their holidays during the month of december and probably november and the church did this so they'd be more comfortable with converting. i say "merry christmas" during this time of year, but i wouldnt be offended if someone wished me "happy holidays", "happy hanukkah", "happy whatever the muslims celebrate during this time of year" or "happy kwanza". this time of year is meant to be about good will towards all men regardless of their faith or background and i think whats truly offensive is when people argue over who's holiday is more important. happy holidays :)
As a Christian, I find no biblical command to celebrate Christmas or the term Christmas used in the bible. As a Christian, I celebrate the death, burial, and resurrection every Sunday. Christmas has always been a national holiday during my life. It was a family and extended family celebration with beautiful lighting and decorations. Again, it was not religious in nature to me. But when people start trying to change the name because it contains "Christ", now it is a problem. It is like the big fuss to change the term "manhole" to "person hole". It is just stupid people attempting to force a stupid concept on the rest of us in an attempt to give their useless life meaning. Come on, get a life! Now for some, Christmas is a religious holiday. And for those so be it. For the rest, it can just be a great happy time of year. But the term is "Merry Christmas" and should remain that way!
Ha! Right I forgot. Thanks baby Jesus!
There is a certain madness, nay, insanity around this time of yeah and you're doing a great job of living up to it.
Kyle, Kyle, Kyle, when will you learn that Jesus is the reason you have anything else to celebrate at all. He made it all. ENJOY!
About a dozen other ancient festivals at this time of year, dixie. Including the safety and happiness of my family which trumps ALL the others.
Merry Christmas!!Remember, Jesus is the reason for the season! Otherwise, what are you celebrating??