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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Just Thinking: Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Xmas

Oh dear, it's that time of year again when people begin arguing about which term to use to greet people in letters or in person.

Before you jump on my case, I do usually say "Merry Christmas." I do believe in keeping Jesus in the middle of this season. And--I don't believe God would want us to get into heated arguments that are more likely to drive people away than to attract them to the Lord.

Ever heard the term, "You draw more bees with honey than with vinegar?" True here, too. It's a Christian's job to love. Over and over in the Bible, He tells us to love. Is it loving to criticise those who smile with love at us but say the wrong phrase? And it's possible to say "Merry Christmas" in a way that is anything but loving, isn't it?

I'm sure you've heard this before, but X stands for the Greek letter chi (pronounced ki), which was (and is) an abbreviation for Christ. "Holiday" is a combination of the words "holy" and "day."

Folks, please, let's stop putting up roadblocks and start opening the doors. Whichever you choose to say, say it in the spirit of the season.
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