First let me wish you and yours a very warm Merry Christmas!
Can I ask you a question: What does Christmas mean to you and your family? I also wanted to share a story with you…
WARNING: This post is NOT politically correct.
Back when I wrote my book, I made a very conscious decision to NOT hide my Christian faith. It’s there in my bio, and if you’ve been following me long enough, you will see traces of my faith everywhere. While I knew I might face some backlash for not hiding behind the banner of political correctness, I never would have expected how many fellow Christians have contacted me over the years, thanking me for not hiding my deep convictions.
Three years ago, I wrote a post called “Merry Christmas, NOT Happy Holidays” in response to the total elimination of the phrase Merry Christmas in American culture. Funny enough, I still get a ton of responses to that article each Christmas. It was simply a survey asking folks if the phase “Merry Christmas” is offensive. Hundreds have taken the survey and as of today, 87 percent do NOT find the phrase offensive. That’s good news.
What Christmas means to me. I grew up not able to celebrate this holiday because I was not raised in a Christian household. So, I have only come to appreciate this holiday as an adult. Simply said, this time of year represents an amazing time of hope and redemption.
Even if you do not ascribe to the beliefs of the Christian faith, you might notice the abnormal nature of doing good to others, the amazing feelings that emerge from singing Christmas carols and the other general attitudes of this season that far transcend materialism during this season. Deep down, I think our culture does NOT want to convert this national holiday into just a reason to spend money and take vacations.
Lastly, for my Christian brothers and sisters, let us reflect on the real meaning of the season! “On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh.” Matthew 2:11
Whatever your faith, I would love to hear what Christmas means to you and your family?Receive email updates when new articles are posted.