Well, we’re already in the heat of it; the annual Christmas battle between Jesus and Santa.
Within this battle, the debate over festive greetings also wages. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays or Seasons Greetings?
Yet, the question remains, during this season of Jesus vs. Santa; how do we share our faith as Believers without offending others? Can we promote Jesus without ruining the family traditions and childhood memories of others? Furthermore, what about those who have not grown up with Christian tradition at all?
Yes, Christmas is just around the corner and we have in fact, already begun the first round of the annual scrap between Jesus and Santa. Sometimes I wonder whether or not this annual throw-down is more about us needing the drama?
As a Christian, sometimes I’m embarrassed. I feel like everywhere I go, one of my brothers or sisters in Christ is giving someone the third degree on why Santa is evil.
Alternately, a smack-down on why they shouldn’t be saying Seasons Greetings or Happy Holidays. I would ask us to stop for a moment and let’s just look at this logically. For those of us who are Believers, have chosen to follow Jesus and are currently trying to follow His teachings; let’s think about this scenario:
With everything we know about Jesus, would He really give that check-out girl a piece of His mind because she accidentally said Happy Holidays? We so easily jumped to conclusions. Perhaps, her employer has asked her to greet people in way? Perhaps, it’s a higher directive, as a company policy for that chain of stores?
Maybe it’s just me, but I think Jesus would be far to concerned with the young gal’s well-being, to even acknowledge how she greeted Him. Now granted, I’m not saying it’s wrong to reply with a hardy Merry Christmas. Leaving the check-out girl to ponder her initial greeting is not going to hurt anything.
However, in reality, she likely won’t give it a second thought. Maybe she has no idea about the connection between Jesus and Christmas? Maybe she doesn’t even know the connection between Jesus and Christ? We’d be far better off bringing her a pastry from the bakery, that she can save for her next break (from the Christmas chaos).
To go a bit farther, place a small card or note inside the bag, explaining a bit about the true Christmas story. Say ‘Merry Christmas‘ when you hand that to her! You might just see far greater results in battling Santa Claus and his dreaded ‘Happy Holidays‘!
Why do we need to say Merry Christmas?
*Original content taken from QuietMorningsWithHim.com post by Jeremy Norton: Jesus & Santa – December 6th, 2011