Saturday, December 23, 2006

What Is In A Holiday?

Have you gotten as many of them as I have?

emails saying "shop here" because this store says "Merry Christmas"

...and...

emails saying "don't shop there" because that store only says "Happy Holidays"?

I'm sure you are not surprised to find that I prefer to hear "Merry Christmas" over ...

"Season's Greetings" (Season's? Which kind weather or food? Seasons like 'season with pepper and allspice? Or Season's like spring and summer? When it becomes autumn, should I wish someone a new Season's Greeting?)

or

"Happy Holidays" (Are we really that lazy that we have to combine Christmas and New Year's so that we don't have to say "Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year"?)

And yes as we drove through our city recently and saw the banner hanging up on the lamp posts that said "Season's Greetings" and "Happy Holidays", I did look at dear hubby and say "So is the city going to be open on December 25th? If it's just another one of 'the holidays" and they are open throughout Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, why should they be closed on 12/25?

However... all that may be being petty...don't you agree?

See my favorite Christmas song is called "A Little Boys Prayer". Have you heard it? I think it has actually been around for a while. In the chorus a little boy asks his daddy "Can we have Christmas all the year long, tell stories of Jesus and sing all his songs? Something was special in our house today. Can we ask Jesus to stay?"

That's what it's all about.

Asking Jesus to come in and stay!

It's not about protesting against a store that doesn't say Christmas. It's about sharing Christmas's Guest of Honor with those who don't know him.

It's not about worrying whether the banners on the city's light post proclaim "Season's Greetings". It's about shining the Light of Heaven throughout our city.

If our country removed Christmas from the list of federal holidays (as some are requesting they do), how would that change you? Do you only celebrate his life on this one day? Or do you only share from your abundance at the end of the year?

Will you choose to let Jesus stay all the year long? Will you decide to give to others (including those you love as well as those in need) throughout the year as a way of sharing God's love? Are you willing to let go of the stress of the holidays by making them holy-days and letting everyday be Christmas?

Psalm 145:2 (The Message) Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.

Luke 6:38 (The Message) Give away your life; you'll find life given back, but not merely given back—given back with bonus and blessing. Giving, not getting, is the way. Generosity begets generosity."

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