Losing Ground? The Growing Conflict Over Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays

Election ForumCulture Wars, Faith, Holiday Season4 Comments

Our post-Christian culture has given in to the idea of not saying Merry Christmas… and even evangelical Christians have fallen prey… to saying Happy Holidays or Seasons Greetings.

Americans send out over 1.6 billion Christmas cards every year.

  • 53% are Christmas/Christ centric
  • 21% say Happy Holidays
  • 12% say Seasons Greetings
  • 14% say other secular messages

Why even talk about this? Does it really matter?

Shouldn’t Christians be tolerant and accepting of all faiths…or no faith? After all, two-thirds of evangelicals (67%) say the non-religious “Happy Holidays” greeting is fine, while only 20% say it’s inappropriate.

Here’s what two-thirds of evangelical Christians are overlooking:

  1. There’s a culture war raging between two opposing world views: one acknowledges the existence of a personal God and creator of all that exists; the other rejects God and believes the universe appeared spontaneously and mankind evolved through random, uncaused “natural” processes.
  2. The controversy over Merry Christmas versus Happy Holidays is one of the by-products of this culture war.
  3. Secularists HATE the greeting “Merry Christmas” because it mentions the name of Christ. They used to replace Christ with “X” in their advertisements or cards and write, “Merry Xmas.” But even that isn’t tolerated anymore.
  4. There’s been a huge effort in recent years to remove all mention of Jesus Christ from government and public life. Government uses the “separation of church and state” as the excuse. But the separation of church and state refers to the government of the church and the government of the state. It has nothing to do with voluntary religious belief or the practical application of religious belief.
  5. Christmas gives us a unique opportunity to witness for Christ.

Christmas is a Christian holiday… specifically, a Christian holiday. Without Christ, there would be no Christmas.

What do you think? Email me at craig@electionforum.org

4 Comments on “Losing Ground? The Growing Conflict Over Merry Christmas vs. Happy Holidays”

  1. the only way I will say, “Happy Holidays,” is if I say, “Happy Holidays in the blessed name of Jesus Christ who came to save us in this holiday season.” I will include him, and I am not ashamed of the Gospel. Let us not be silence. Never, never be ashamed of the Gospel.

  2. The calendar on my phone, which is a global phone, states “Christmas Day”. So why do people think they can’t say “Merry Christmas”? I intentionally say Merry Christmas! It’s about Christ!

  3. A few days ago I went to a Vans store to get requested “Christmas” gifts. I needed two gift cards and was given a choice of four different ones, none of which said Merry Christmas. Two said Happy Holidays. I asked if they didn’t have any that said “Merry Christmas” and the answer was no. That will be my last Vans purchase.

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