I have grown increasingly tired of the ‘War on Christmas’ drivel that comes annually at this time. All of the social media posts and cute bumper stickers reminding us all to ‘Keep Christ in Christmas’ are enough to really entice me to scream. The only war on Christmas is the one waged by people whose connection to Christianity is so tenuous that they are threatened by store clerks saying ‘Happy Holidays’ to them as they tap their PayPass or insert their chip card in celebration of Baby Jesus. If my faith in Jesus and my understanding of the Christmas Season (which is yet 23 days away I hasten to add) is so shallow that I become insecure whenever someone offers me a greeting rooted in the expression ‘Happy Holy Days,’ perhaps it is time I re-evaluate my commitment to said faith.

Today I saw this Social Media Post that stoked the embers — (I have been chewing on all of this Merry Christmas debate for a little bit)

Christ in Christmas

I love this. Rather than getting all in a lather and spending time posting about catchy phrases and buzz lines like ‘Keep Christ in Christmas,’ how about we DO something. We have just begun Advent and have been reminded that the Christmas Season for which we prepare will be about a Light to dispel all darkness. We are reminded that we are to keep awake, and alert, and active. We are called to be light. So let’s forget about what someone else called the season that runs from December 24-January 6 and remember that for us it is Christmas and act as though we understand and know what that means. Let us show others why Christ is in Christmas. As we feed, clothe, forgive, welcome, care, and love, we will be keeping Christ in the season far moreso than we can with bumper-stickers and social media gobbledegook about how political correctness has robbed ‘us’ of our ability to celebrate ‘our’ holy season.

My friends, may your Advent season allow you time to keep alert for opportunities to show others what Christmas looks like.

It’s not about what we say …

What will we do?

Happy Holidays folks……

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