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holiday is a four letter word

So since when did the word “holiday” become something to gasp at? It makes me roll my eyes that Christians get all bent out of shape. I’m surprised more Protestants aren’t all bent out of shape because of the etymology of the word Christmas which is from the celebration of The Mass.  At least holiday comes from “holy” “day” which pretty much applies to… well, every one.

And if you think about it, Christmas itself is a man-made construct. Don’t kid yourselves, people. Keeping Christ in Christmas is NOT the goal. Christ isn’t in your stockings or your gingerbread houses or your endless punch bowls, at least not any more than he is in the homeless shelters and the soup kitchen line and the teenage pregnancy center.

Which is to say, sure He’s there. But are you getting your panties in a bunch for the right reasons? I daresay no. A big ole fat no because you are drinking way too much egg nog this month.

Don’t get me wrong, I love this season. I love this time of year. It is a beautiful time and people are a little more chipper (usually) and Christians just take it upon themselves, once again, to ruin everything.  We should be the MOST cheerful, the MOST forgiving, the MOST understanding and accommodating of all people. Loving, GRACEful, giving. Not just for the time period between Thanksgiving and Dec 25th. But all year. That’s a big duh, right?! And our hearts should be warmed by the Truth worth celebrating in the first place – Salvation is here. God with US! God Himself said, ok I’ll come down there and hang out with you fools because I love you and you desperately need me to save your donkeys. (But not the Broncos.)

So yea, Church, get over it. And live at peace with everyone, as much as it depends on you. Do it. Can I get an Amen?!

 

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