I read of a school which banned Charlie Brown's Christmas because of its reference to a verse in the Gospel of Luke, yet schoolchilren are forced to acknowledge Allah while their parents fume. And here's the thing: when you remove Christ from Christmas the result is NO MAS. And to that I say NO MORE. I personally will say Merry Christmas to each and everyone I greet during this season. I've been doing it for generations and I don't intend to stop now, and I believe that an overwhelming number of Americans feel the same way.
Normally I get either a big smile, a return greeting of Merry Christmas or even a puzzled look by some, but rarely do I get anyone telling me they are offended. But on those occasions when that happens I simply tell them that greeting them with Merry Christmas is the nicest, most special greeting I can give at the most wonderful time of the year. They usually then brighten up, realizing that my faith is shining through. When they don't, I just politely say that they might want to check it out for themselves and then I go about my way.
One recent day in a local store a young lady at the cash register was wearing her company name tag while busily checking out customers. Her name was Kristen and when it was my turn in line I remarked that she had a beautiful name. She asked why I thought so and I stated the name came from Christ, that she is a child of Christ. She just shrugged and retorted that she thought her mother made it up. I walked away, probably with a slight shaking of my head but was surprised a few days later when I saw her in the store again.
Kristen looked at me and said, "Hi, Mister, I'm sorry about the other day. I went home and read about my name and realized that you were right, that it does mean something special".
I responded, "Well, Kristen, I'm glad you know. And have a very Merry Christmas."
Much to my delight she responded, "And Merry Christmas to you."
So folks, when it comes to saying Merry Christmas it is very much like telling someone God bless when you depart. It's just a little thing, but you never know what those little things might do for someone's heart. It is just a small part of our Christian mission to spread the Good News of Jesus Christ. It's not to force your will on anyone since that is a free will matter, but it does tell the story of who you are if you believe. After all, unless you are ashamed of Him, you should sing His praise in everything you do in this life on earth.
God bless you all and get ready, 'cause He's coming again at a time we don't know. When it comes, however, all denial will be gone. Don't be late to the Glory.