by Toni Birdsong
Hey, don’t be hating. It’s personal. I’ve decided not to say “Merry Christmas” this year. Why? Simply put: It just doesn’t get the job done.
Think about it. “Merry Christmas” doesn’t even come close to covering the holiness and love contained in God Almighty’s most compassionate act toward mankind. It fails to encompass the outrageous grace of God sending His son to earth to teach self-righteous, grab-happy men and women like you and I how to live and love . . . on heaven’s terms.
Merry Christmas. Such ordinary words fail to carry the extraordinary story of the life and sacrifice that lay ahead for the baby king born in a manger that night. Nor do they begin to unlock, bust open, and shake loose the chains that bind our souls—only that baby could do that.
Merry Christmas. It seems an almost pedestrian salutation when compared to the lavish gifts brought by nations at the announcement that God Almighty, Savior and Messiah, vacated His holy throne to walk dirt roads. The holiness; the very lowliness of God omnipotent in that one single gesture of startling Love, is what our salutation must convey. The need to communicate that exchange must burn brighter and reach deeper in these wayward times.
In fact, I agree with the anti-Merry Christmas coalition on this one point: It may very well be time to scrub “Merry Christmas” altogether. Instead, let’s hit the world with the true weight of what’s really going on here on this hoiliest of holy days.
As Christians we don’t need to waste time defending Christ (He’s got it covered); we need to be contending for Christ—and we need to be doing it together. Do we not believe that one day every knee will bow and every tongue confess that the baby born in Bethlehem is indeed the Lord? If so, then speak that truth this Christmas.
Speak boldly of the true weight of this day—don’t be discouraged by the great distracter and liar. Let your Christmas greeting blanket the world like a New England snow. Let it carry the gift; the love; the second chance. Let it carry the miracle.
So here are just a few possible salutations that trump a mere “Merry Christmas.” Use them as you greet and bless the people along your path this week!
- “Messiah Christmas!”
- “Happy Holiest of Days!”
- “Have a Christ-filled Christmas!”
- “Heaven’s Love to you this Christmas!”
- “Christmas was for you.”
- “God has provided (with Christmas)!”
- “I thank God for Christmas!”
What’ your new greeting this Christmas? Share below.