Wishing someone a “Merry Christmas” – What does that really mean?

Once again we hear about the war on Christmas. And once I again I share this post from 3 years ago. May Christ be a part of our lives all year long.

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It’s that time of year again!

Facebook is full of posts about saying “Merry Christmas” vs “Happy Holidays.”  We go through this scenario every year.  Christians judge people’s spirituality on what greeting they give and if anyone says “Happy Holidays”  – well – they must not be a Christ follower.

What are we wishing someone when we wish them a “Merry’ Christmas?

The definition of “merry’ is “full of cheerfulness, laughingly happy, hilarious.”  Synonyms for “merry” are

  • amusing
  • lighthearted
  • sunny
  • rip-roaring
  • jolly
  • cheerful

So when I wish for someone to have a Christmas that is full of cheerfulness or laughingly happy – what does that have to do with Jesus Christ?  Yes, He does bring joy, but the joy that is the fruit of the Spirit is much more than just being cheerful or lighthearted.  Having a sunny, jolly time at Christmas – is that really what Christmas is all about?

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