The Great Christmas War


Ah, it’s that time of year again.

Lights going up, trees decorated, and the annual Christmas war is fought once again. You know the one – it’s where we set “Merry Christmas” up against “Happy Holidays” in a battle to the death.

Why do so many insist this be an either/or proposition?

What is it that we have against the other holidays that occur this time of year?

Why do we turn this into a culture war every year?

And what I think is the most important question here…

How does setting our stake in the ground around insisting on “Merry Christmas” draw our non-believing friends towards Jesus?

If you’re like me and you love Christmas and the One (Jesus) who is the reason for at least part of this season, then by all means keep wishing everyone a “Merry Christmas!” But I don’t think we have to club to death “Happy Holidays” in the process. Relax, enjoy your Christmas.

In Hugh Halters book Brimstone he says it this way, “‘whimsical holiness’ …is the ability to hold on to personal values of Christlikeness while being deeply in relationship with people who do not hold your same convictions. In other words, it’s about keeping a sense of humor while keeping a sense of holiness.” (emphasis added)

I think Jesus would bring fantastic wine to the office “holiday” party and love his co-workers by hanging with them and getting to know their story. Of course, Jesus would already know their story, but for you and I we need to listen to them to know them.

To all of you, Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!


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