Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays


Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays

Bear with me a moment while I get to the point of this blog….

In some Christian circles, it’s popular to be offended at people who don’t say Merry Christmas but instead say Happy Holidays to them. They seem to feel this is an affront to Jesus and His Holy birth and also themselves personally – which makes them stand up in “holy vigor” and rage about it in defense of Jesus. (Because Jesus is sitting up there on His itty bitty throne, helpless while He waits on us.  NOT)

And yes it’s true that when political correctness was adopted by corporate America, there were many people who were told they could no longer tell everyone Merry Christmas anymore because, “not everyone was Christian, and we wouldn’t want to offend anyone.” Some of those people who were told not to say Merry Christmas anymore just happened to BE Christians and rebellion began to stir against their company’s policies, albeit mostly covertly. There was smugness at secretly saying, “Merry Christmas”, as if to say, “take that, corporate America!”

Why? Why do we fall for these things?

Political correctness was and is simply a ploy to level the playing field and make everyone the same – no one special, no one celebrated and no one left out. Political Correctness wasn’t dreamed up by politics or corporate America. No, there is only one who kills, steals and destroys. He’s the force behind this and yes, he uses people to do his work. Don’t be one of them.

Back to Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays …

I must be honest here. I have to fight not to be offended when people get upset at someone when they say Happy Holidays as opposed to Merry Christmas. Yes, that the opposite spirit of those Christians listed above – but let me tell you why.

Religion! That’s why.

And ignorance, that’s also why.

Holiday is simply a word derived from the word Holy. Yes, it’s true.

So when someone comes along and tells you Happy Holidays, they are simply telling you Happy Holy days – whether they know it or not. See how cool that really is? There’s nothing to be offended about at all. Something the enemy chose to offend has really backfired if we will be educated and get over ourselves. Can’t we have the discernment to SEE that this is exactly the thing that is used to divide us?

I’m not so naïve to think this is the only thing being skewed by political correctness – it’s not. But this particular “thing” is directly aimed at us as Believing Christians. Can we not let it have its way with us this year?

You know, and I know you do, when we look at or focus on what is wrong and not what is right we WILL get offended. Let’s look at the Answer and see what He would have us do. I’m pretty sure it will have nothing to do with rebellion (offense) or wrath.

So, with all that being said – I’ll be the first to breakthrough this lie and tell you all, I hope you have the Merriest and Happiest Holidays ever!

…Because no matter how you say it, it’s all about Jesus! He is the one I celebrate and no one or their choice of words will ever change that – Period. I honestly think it’s a better way of representing Him. We know who this “Holy Day” is all about. Others may come to find out if we can simply be kind, thankful and full of blessings and grace throughout this season and beyond. Maybe…

Let’s represent well.

And I also want to say: Merry Christmas to you!


Author: Ginny Wilcox

I am a baker and a blogger living in Nashville, Tennessee. I worked several years as a healing technician in the Healing Room ministries where miracles happened every week. I blog about those experiences and conversations I’ve had with God while going about daily life. I also blog and am passionate about food and using it as a means to get people to gather back around the table and have real face to face conversations again. I am a wife, a mother, a sister, a friend, a chef, a soapbox performer, an encourager and a lover of Jesus. My biggest desire is to see people free to know who they really are and be able to walk in that identity.

17 thoughts on “Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays”

  1. Merry Xmas, Ginny!

    (See what I did there?)

    (I “put an x through Jesus’ name”!)

    (Or I am referring to the Greek letter chi, which looks like an x, and is the first letter in Christ)

    (For fun, Google “chi rho page” and enjoy the beautiful Celtic illuminations!)

    (All parenthetical expressions are for my own amusement – I know I am adding nothing to your knowledge.)

    (Love you!!!)

  2. Ginny ~ I couldn’t have said it better myself. Once again you and Father God have hit the proverbial nail right on the head. Thank you for sharing, as all ways, I’ve been very well nourished. Blesssings, Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays to you and yours.

  3. GREAT post, Ginny! As I was reading yours words, I began to think about how many believers while busy being “offended” by something so minutiae have missed the opportunity to simply love. And when I say love, I mean actually putting it into action; living and leading with it in our hearts. I mean isn’t that what this whole “Christian thing” is about? Anyways, thank you for sharing such a great message! Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas! And GOD bless you, Beautiful! 🙂

  4. I’m offended at your offense to their offense.
    Or something like that…
    So little time and so much at which to be offended.

    Well said. It is all really silly in the scope of eternity.

    Oh, and if we were across the pond, we’d be saying Happy Christmas.

  5. I have never been offended by “Happy Holidays” – I celebrate Thanksgiving, my birthday, Christmas, and New Year’s – and I want them all to be happy holidays! I am only offended when being told to shut it when saying “Merry Christmas” – but that is rare and really was many years ago. Enjoy the holidays – be merry, stay merry, bring joy, BE joy! I’ll save my offense for something that really matters…when I figure out what that is. Love you!

    1. You are a rare bird indeed! 😉 But then I knew that about you – you are almost unoffendable! You love everyone and make sure everyone knows it. It just who you are. I pray for more people like you that will spread love and not hate! (Happy “soon” birthday!)

  6. Great post, Ginny!

    I think in all things really, it is summed up by “motives.”

    The motives of some are love and “being all things to all people” and to others, it is fear based.

    As one who has been refined continually in regard to not “compromising,balancing” He balancing out my heart and training with inviting me to understand in greater and greater depths the motives of what takes place within the heart.

    I think this is the reason so many called to serve in the prophetic office fail to come into sync with one another (let alone the rest of the body) is we fail to look at the motive of the soul.. the intent, and so we get offended.

    When I hear a Christian say “happy holidays” out of fear, it grieves His heart (and so mine) and I am compelled to offer that person the gift of Dad’s love.. and invite them into the boldness of the Holy Spirit that comes from knowing how loved they are.

    When I hear another believer say “happy holidays” from a position of trying to connect on a level that allows them to bring the goodness of God… and my spirit rejoices.

    As far as the “lost” go… I simply cannot help but think we are God’s children are just being plain silly, for getting offended at the “lost” for being…. lost. They need us.

    Again, wonderful teaching that I know will invite others to do the same. Sorry, this was long-winded.

    David NY

  7. I have genuinely never understood how anyone could be offended by being wished ‘a merry/happy (insert name of festive occasion here)’ – why? the wish is totally benign. Feel free to wish me a happy anything, whether I celebrate it, or not – it’s your gesture that I’ll take from that.

  8. Ginny, allow me to ask you this. I born in a Catholic culture about a pretend a good self image against to live what you believe. Reading about article about holidays I wonder; since I became a Christian I heard from some Christian that we shouldn’t celebrate any birthday and Christmas seasons because there is like a worship some one instead God. What is your opinion about it. Regards

    1. Thank you for your question, Mario…
      “My opinion” runs along the lines of Galatians 3. Here is the Message translation, but other versions would do also.
      Galatians 3
      “Trust in Christ, Not the Law
      You crazy Galatians! Did someone put a hex on you? Have you taken leave of your senses? Something crazy has happened, for it’s obvious that you no longer have the crucified Jesus in clear focus in your lives. His sacrifice on the cross was certainly set before you clearly enough.

      2-4 Let me put this question to you: How did your new life begin? Was it by working your heads off to please God? Or was it by responding to God’s Message to you? Are you going to continue this craziness? For only crazy people would think they could complete by their own efforts what was begun by God. If you weren’t smart enough or strong enough to begin it, how do you suppose you could perfect it? Did you go through this whole painful learning process for nothing? It is not yet a total loss, but it certainly will be if you keep this up!”
      Question: If you gave up the Catholic “culture” and I suppose by culture you mean, religion, to become a Christian why oh why would you jump into more beliefs and “rules” that men, yes even Christian men make? Becoming a Christian is about being freed from bondage – The freedom to celebrate or not to celebrate, the freedom to choose.
      Did God tell you to never to celebrate these things? He’s never told me that. In fact, He’s asked me to do the opposite. He wants me to embrace celebration every chance I get.
      Being joyful and loving actually gives Him honor. If we do the opposite and live a life of what we cannot do, who does that glorify Him? No, it glorifies us because it’s our works that are motivating us. We do these things because we fear we will anger Him or at the very least, disappoint Him. And that is simply not the case. He can never be disappointed in us – that would mean that we surprised Him. But you see, He knows us from the beginning to the end, before we were in the womb, the unsaved us and the saved us. He love us the same no matter when. He knows all there is to know about us and we cannot disappoint us. He is a loving Father and only wants the best for us and He’s not sitting around just waiting for us to screw up so He can punish us.
      Several years back, I left a culture/religion where everything was about earning my place in the Kingdom (my word, not theirs). The entire culture was permeated with what was forbidden and what we couldn’t do. It left everyone with an “us and them” mentality. We judged others who weren’t like us because we were proud of all the stuff we didn’t do and therefore pleased God. I promise you, there is no love, peace or joy in that and that is NOT Gods redemptive plan for us.
      Also another question: If by some chance we are to provoke people to jealousy because of our favor from God because we are His beloved children, how can that happen if we have no joy or celebration? Why would anyone want to know this Jesus if everyone is all about the NOT’s? People are supposed to want what we have!
      God is not so puny that He’s jealous of our celebrations. No, He especially loves it when we celebrate Christmas or Easter or Thanksgiving or even a birthday because we are celebrating relationships. He loves to join us during these times.
      If you’ve read this far I’ll say this, my opinion is to rejoice and to rejoice always. He is worth celebrating. He gave it all to us. He even died to prove it. He didn’t die to give us more rules, He died to give us life and life abundantly and in my opinion that means celebrating Him in everything I do.

      I cannot be afraid of some god getting His glory. It simply won’t happen. He is in my heart too securely…

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