(This is one that is worth sending along to everyone on your list!!)
I'm on a "Merry Christmas" mission and I'm in full throttle. My little
yellow VW Beetle has turned into a Christmas billboard with Merry
Christmas written across the back window. Yes, I've decided to trek off
to work everyday on the public highways with a message that seems to
At stop lights, I even turn my music up a little louder, and to top it
off, I sing along with it. Don't I know that stopping at a red light to
roll my windows down only to share the joy of Christmas carols on public
streets is a No-No? Don't I fear the Christmas Gestapo and those who
would have me remove the written message from my car? I'm sorry folks,
but the only person I'm concerned about "offending" during this
Christmas season is the Lord himself. LEAVE THAT MANGER ALONE! We've
allowed the Baby Jesus to be kicked out of His lowly manger, and those
offended by Christmas are still not happy. I refuse to let this happen.
I'm going to do my part to make sure "Merry Christmas" doesn't become
extinct. Because like it or not, if the believers in Christmas don't
take a stand now, it's gone forever. Listen folks, the Christian
community has been underestimated before; we will have to show ourselves
I walked into a Wendy's Restaurant the other day and was rather
exuberant with my "Merry Christmas" greeting to the manager. He didn't
have much of a response and I said, "Where's your Christmas spirit?" He
said, "We're not allowed to use the words "Merry Christmas" when
greeting customers. We can only say "Happy Holiday." This morning I
grabbed a quick breakfast at a Whataburger Restaurant. I noticed there
wasn't a single decoration in the store. I asked the manager why they
weren't decorated for Christmas. He told me the corporate headquarters
decided not to send any decorations to any of their stores, and he
didn't know why.
After I heard about all the Macy's and Federated Stores taking down
their Merry Christmas signs, the Target stores not allowing the
Salvation Army to "Ring the Christmas bells," and the many incidents of
children, choirs, and bands not allowed to play or sing Christmas
carols, I realized it was happening right here in my own little Texas
How can this be? Not Texas!
We do, however, have a store, Hobby Lobby, that plays nothing but
Christmas carols during the season. On Christmas Day they run a full
page ad in our local newspaper. That ad is not to promote the store, but
uses the entire page to tell the story of Jesus' birth. Now that's
taking a stand. We need to thank them.
When I saw a news report the other evening of children being taught new
words to a song we've sung for years - "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" -
I was saddened to hear "We Wish You a Splendid Holiday." I know now that
it's just a matter of time that the "Merry Christmas" greetings will be
gone. Look around your town. Notice the "Holiday" greetings and not
"Christmas." It's happening right before our very eyes. Start singing
the songs; go down the streets of America singing to your heart's
content. Get some of those wash-off markers that these kids use to write
on their car windows when they're rooting for their hometown football
team. It's easy to do, and if a torrential rain washes it off, write it
on there again.
We've got to get this message out. "Go Tell It On the Mountain . . .
that Jesus Christ is Born." Sing it, speak it, be a billboard for our
The story of this "Baby Jesus" alone has brought about more goodwill at
this time of year than any other day we celebrate. How can we sit back
and allow Him to be snuffed out of our lives? Is it Jesus, or is it His
followers that the "offended" don't like? What kind of revulsion
galvanizes one to campaign so vehemently against the mere mention of His
name, the mere singing of a carol, or the mere visual of a sign that
says "Merry Christmas?" I can listen to my own boss at work use some of
the vilest words and follow up with, "Excuse my French." I may cringe
inside at his damning of God's name, but I tolerate it. So if you don't
like me wishing you a "Merry Christmas," I'll say, "Excuse my joy." You
may cringe that I celebrate the birth of Jesus, but just tolerate it. I
cannot be concerned that "Merry Christmas" offends you. If I'm not
careful, the day will come when saying I'm a Christian will offend you.
I'm offended that you're offended. How about that? When we get to a
point that we can no longer take part in a tradition we hold dear, we
have no choice; we either defend that tradition or we give it up to
those who say NO. That's it . . period. So, which will it be? I'm not
giving up my "Merry Christmas" joy to anyone. If I know of someone that
celebrates another holiday during this time of year, I will be glad to
wish them whatever holiday they want. Just tell me what it is and I'll
shout it to the world and wish you a grand celebration. Just give me
Christmas. To you merchants: Stop being so hypocritical and "filling
your tills" on the back of Jesus! Who do you think is the symbol of
giving at this time of year? It was the wise men bringing gifts to the
You want your coffers full, but have ordered your employees to take down
all the Merry Christmas signs. If that's the case, I'll buy gifts at a
place that understands my joy.
If you're worried about offending someone, you just did. The most recent
Newsweek survey shows that 82% of Americans believe that Jesus is the
Son of God. So, in trying not to offend a few, you've offended many.
It's okay to jump into the "Merry Christmas" spirit when it fills your
cash register, but let's call it something else . . . and don't stop
giving . . . and don't stop buying. . we'll just change the name and
you'll never know the difference.
I know the difference and I'm feeling it greatly. It's hard not to be
aware that townships across our country have actually banned the singing
of Christmas carols because it might offend someone. And it's not just
the religious songs; it's the secular ones too. No more "Jingle Bells"
or "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" because they're associated with
Christmas. Boy, aren't we getting sensitive? If we're not celebrating
Christmas for the hope it gives with the birth of our Savior . . . there
is no hope!
I noticed a few years ago that we changed the name of Abraham Lincoln's
and George Washington's birthday so as to be all inclusive regarding the
Presidents. Hark, if we should recognize anyone as exceptional. Now it's
called Presidents' Day.
Well, if we're going to be so all inclusive, next month I'll have to
refer to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as Civil Rights Leaders' Day.
We don't want to exclude great Americans like Rosa Parks or Cesar
Chavez, do we? And to think that Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton might be
We might need to change Mother's Day, Father's Day, and Grandparents'
Day to All Parents' Day. Just lump them all together. It sounds
ridiculous, doesn't it? So what's the difference? My freedom to
celebrate Christmas in the tradition of the Christian religion is as
much my right as it is your right to be offended by it. So what are we
going to do? Did anyone hear me . . . what are we going to do? Do we
defend a person's right to go forward with a time tested tradition (how
about 2000 years?), or do we defend a person's right to end it all
because they're offended? As long as we live in this great land and have
the freedom to express ourselves and what we believe in, we will always
If we try to make everything right for everyone, we won't have anything
May you always have Christmas in your heart!
By Debbie Daniel My two Cents
If you want to be a Godless bastard that is your right. It is not your right to demand I stop calling it Christmas. You may be offended by me saying Merry Christmas and that is just fine by me, so be prepared for a major offending whan I come around.