The Demise of Merry Christmas


The 25th of December had been traditionally celebrated as Christmas. A symbolic reminder of the birth of Jesus and all things that came with that singular event. Growing up, Christmas meant family, food, Christmas music, and decorating the home. Christmas day was very exciting just because it was Christmas.

I was not raised with being afraid to sing songs with words that have Christ or anything related. O little town of Bethlehem, Silent Night and I Wish You a Merry Christmas were staples on the radio. However, today it has all changed for the worst.

Christmas music is only played on Christian stations; Santa Claus is now the main figure instead of Jesus; the malls are crowded trying to buy frivolous gifts that people will forget or return; and it is PC to say Happy Holidays. While I understand that Christmas day is symbolic and not the actual day of Christ’s birth, it is shameful that Christ is being removed from Christmas.

Before the holidays, my supervisor said something very interesting. She had bought holiday cards that said Merry Christmas and handed them out to the staff. She later realized and was slightly concerned that at least one person professed another religion and she was not sure about a few others. She was concerned that she may have offended at least one for not buying cards that were PC for the season. In my non-PC response to her, I said in a normal (but others can hear) tone that I celebrate Christmas and I refuse to replace Merry Christmas with Happy Holidays.

I really missed Christ out of the holidays. I missed the Jesus birth story on tv and Christmas music playing on the radio. It was sad that Christians cannot fully celebrate Christmas anymore. I respect every other person’s religious rights and celebrations; however, I really don’t believe that we have to eliminate ours in order to accommodate others.

Belated Merry Christmas and have a happy New Year 2014

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6 thoughts on “The Demise of Merry Christmas

  1. Over the last 50 or so years, the socialist-progressives have methodically pushed God out of America. We can see it in every facet of our society. With the coming of “political-correctness”, we have seen the morals of our country go to hell in a hand-basket. “Happy Holidays” is merely the tip of the iceberg.

    I still celebrate Christmas, as does my church. We have been in the season of Advent, and our theme for the month of December has been the coming of Christ, and what it means to us. We had a beautiful Christmas Eve service with lessons and carols. I don’t think I have ever attended or participated in a more beautiful and meaningful Christmas Eve service.

    I spent Christmas day with a couple from my church and their family. The account of the birth of Christ was read before dinner. We sang the Christmas carols we had sung at the Christmas Eve service later that evening. We played a game of Bible-based Jeopardy. I had the most truly-wonderful Christmas day I have had in many years, because we were celebrating the birth of Christ…Emmanuel, God with us. Christmas is the time when “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (John 1:14)

    Throughout the Christmas season, if someone said “Happy Holidays” to me, I replied “Merry Christmas”. I am not ashamed of Christ, and I celebrate His birth with gladness of heart.

    Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you as well.

    God bless!

    Steve

    1. Steve,

      Your Christmas day sounds awesome. I got a smile on my face reading your description. Such a contrast to what the norm is. Thanks for sharing that.

      John John

      1. There was a bit of “bitter-sweetness” to the whole situation, since it hit me hard that it has been 17 years since I celebrated Christmas with my own family. Our last Christmas together was Christmas 1996. My wife committed suicide in October 1997, resulting in the destruction of our family unit. I have had no contact with my own children for almost 16 years. I still enjoyed being with that family and celebrating the birth of our Savior.

        Wishing you all a blessed and happy new year~

  2. Thank you very much for following the blog, I really look forward to reading your posts and happy new year 2014. Gede Prama 🙂

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