First of all, As a Christian, Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus for me. For Me. For others, the “holidays” may represent Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or perhaps Sol Invictus (http://en.wikipedia.org/wi
But honestly, regardless of whatever someone else may be celebrating, I’ll wish them well, and go back to celebrating Christmas. It seems to me, that someone celebrating something else doesn’t take anything away from “Christmas” unless you let it within yourself. My relationship with God is my own, and mine to share with whom I choose.
My birthday is on Halloween. The fact that it’s Halloween does not take away from my birthday, nor is my family too distracted to care. In fact, Halloween decorations I’m sure tend to serve as a reminder of my birth. At least to MY family. Also, If someone cares more about Halloween than my birthday, it doesn’t take anything away, it just “Is”.
And in that way, I, in the family of Christ, know what Christmas means. At least what it means to me. Christianity is NOT the only belief system out there. While you may believe it’s all that matters, we still have to share this earth in peace and forgiveness. Besides, If someone who doesn’t believe wants to celebrate, I’m sure they will have a hard time escaping the predominate “Reason for the season” that tends to abound everywhere from Christmas cards to Nativity Scenes.
I remember a sermon in Church when I was a child about the disrespect to God “We are all guilty of” by even considering “X-Mas” as an acceptable replacement for Christmas. But as noted to me by a friend, and can easily be discovered by a basic wikipedia search:
“The word Christmas originated as a compound meaning “Christ’s Mass”. It is derived from the Middle English Christemasse and Old English Cristes mæsse, a phrase first recorded in 1038. “Cristes” is from Greek Christos and “mæsse” is from Latin missa (the holy mass). In Greek, the letter ? (chi), is the first letter of Christ, and it, or the similar Roman letter X, has been used as an abbreviation for Christ since the mid-16th century. Hence, Xmas is sometimes used as an abbreviation for Christmas.”
It has nothing to do with some secular plot of “Removing” Christ for Christmas. Are you afraid that somehow “X-Mas” will officially replace “Christmas”? It doesn’t even roll off the tongue well. And if that’s all it takes for you to forget “Christ”, you’ve got a much bigger problem with your faith.
I say in the land of the free, in the land that so many Christians claim to be “Their Nation”, what better way to show God’s love than to love one another, despite any theological differences? Isn’t Christ living and showing love through us the best way to remember Him? Celebrate your reason for the holiday, and try not to judge others, lest ye be judged.
Finally, the date is irrelevant. Conveniently, there are many holidays in December, which allow all of us to celebrate something or another at nearly the same time. Before you start a petition to re-up the Nativity Scene at your local city park, consider the fact that you may not want to see a Giant Menorah, Kinara, or Sol Invictus statue. Let’s leave the decorations to Private homes, businesses, and churches, and let our Government do their Job in peace. Besides, I’m more offended by the commercialistic raping of the holidays than whether or not City Hall puts up a manger.