Jon Acuff writes at Stuff Christians Like:
Recently, someone emailed me a photo of this billboard[.]
My first thought was, “Do you know why Jesus misses hearing you say Merry Christmas? Because no one said it to him in the Bible.”
It’s true. When Joseph held the sweet baby Jesus in his arms, he didn’t say, “Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night.”
The wisemen didn’t get down off their awesome camels and say, “Here are some Christmas gifts.”
Even decades later, the disciples didn’t have a Christmas party. Peter never said to Jesus, “I got you a notebook Jesus because I know how much Christians like to journal. Merry Christmas!” And Jesus didn’t respond with, “You shouldn’t have! I got you a pair of Chacos because, good grief, we sure do walk a lot and we love sandals!”
The disciples didn’t have an ugly Christmas sweater contest. They didn’t correct heathens at the local watering hole who were saying, “Happy Holidays.” They didn’t have a candlelight service. They didn’t yule log at all.
I remember when the whole "War on Christmas" thing was heating up a few years ago, I felt annoyed that so many public places were going out of their way to *not* use the word "Christmas". Holiday trees, sales and pagents, but Heaven forbid the "C" word should be used.
But I also grew annoyed at the "War" itself. So many Christians got caught up in demanding that their cashier use the greeting "Merry Christmas. I wondered if, at the end of the day, it truly mattered that the teen scanning your ornaments and candy canes at Target had used the phrase.
Bill O'Reilly recently said on his show, in the midst of defending the right of Christmas to not be banned from the public sphere, that:
But Christianity is not an organized religion, a church that can be imposed. There are many different churches that promote the Christian philosophy in many different ways.