Twenty years ago nobody ever thought anything about a ‘war on Christmas’. In the last 5-10 years in the United States, the news has been filled with stories of nativity scenes being removed from public places, Christian Christmas Carols being forbidden in schools, stores focusing on Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas, and the list goes on.
It’s really not a war on Christmas, but a war on the Christ. And a war against Jesus is nothing new. The war on Jesus goes back a couple of thousand years and really culminated at His death on the cross.
The irony of Christmas is that it probably wasn’t our holiday to begin with. Many people believe there was a winter pagan festival that took place on or about Dec. 25th and the church decided to counter that pagan holiday with their own celebration, celebrating Jesus’ birthday. The church called it Crīstesmæsse in old English meaning Christ’s Mass, and we now know it as Christmas. And it means different things to different people. To non-believers and/or atheists, it’s a day to give gifts and celebrate Santa, basically harkening back to the days of it being a pagan holiday – no matter what they call it.
For those who call themselves believers – Jesus is God, who came to earth as a baby born of a virgin, and we celebrate that at Christmas. You and I don’t need to be offended on Jesus’ behalf for the way non-believers treat His “birthday”. The question most important to me isn’t how I feel about how others treat Christmas. The most important question to me is how Jesus feels about how I celebrate Christmas.