Someone stole Christmas. It was a prominent display, about 12 feet long, of a typical holiday “Merry Christmas” sign set up on a green space down the street from our house. It was nice. It had spotlights and other decorations. It appeared after Thanksgiving and disappeared this past weekend. There was nothing religious about it at all. Someone took “Merry Christmas” in the night, and probably sold it the next day. They made money off of it. Our neighbors were robbed, disappointed and mad. Apparently many people want to make a lot of money off of Christmas.
“Keep Christ in Christmas” was a slogan from my youth. “Jesus is the reason for the season” came along 30 years ago. These were fairly positive reminders to believers. Now we are apparently involved in a “War on Christmas.” Somehow “Happy Holidays” became anti-Christmas. (Just a side note: holidays is the English contraction of holy days.) It would seem the believers in the Prince of Peace should not bicker, or make war, with unbelievers over a Christian holy day. The point is to proclaim the Good News of God’s sacrificial love for all people, not to berate the hapless person who may wish us a happy holiday experience.
Jesus never had a Christmas tree. His tree was a cross. Jesus never wrapped a Christmas present. His gift was the Word made flesh. Jesus never sang a Christmas carol or wished anyone a merry Christmas. His salutation was “follow me.” Jesus never signed a Christmas card. His love was written in red—while we were yet enemies.
Keep healthy. Pray mightily. Enjoy your life today. Happy holydays. And let’s experience the love and power of God together.