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Something to Think About: ‘Tis the Season

Op/Ed By Michael Vaughn

 

michael_vaughn2There are a few topics I could launch into with this column, but since we are embarking upon the Christmas season, I have decided to speak about the Christmas holiday.

When I was coming up as a boy, there was never a time when saying, “Merry Christmas” concerned anyone.

However, nowadays, there is the notion we should be politically correct and say “Happy Holidays,” so that we do not offend people. To that, I say, people need to stop being so sensitive, and really look at the objective of the holiday season.

If some people think saying “Merry Christmas” is offensive, they should just wait for Dec. 26and they will not have to worry about it for another year.

What we should focus on during this time of year is not to be politically correct, but to remember the objective of Christmas, and what the holiday is all about. It is about God, the Father, sending His only son, Jesus, to earth to die for our sins. The principles of Christmas go a long way toward helping us be better people, and better to one another.

It is when people begin to say they are offended, that the principle of Christmas begins to become cluttered.  The main objective of Christmas is to give, as a result of love. And, if we can hold to that objective, we will do very well by those around us, and unto to those to whom we are connected.

When you give, it is really a good feeling that seems to make the things that are wrong in our lives, go away. The fact that God gives us what we need is connected to this principle; He thought about the gift before giving it.

And, when we give in that manner, and are not just checking a box, we are truly able to make someone feel special. When you give what someone actually needs, or truly desires, it shows you have thought about them, and have made them the focus of your giving.

Christmas is a time where we can take the focus off ourselves, and focus on someone else. We are at our best when we’ve turned our attention to someone else’s problems and needs. There is a genuine feeling of happiness which comes about during this time of year, and we should make sure we do not allow it to get stolen.

If we are scurrying about to check off items on a list, or trying to ensure we do not step on someone’s toes by not saying what they want us to say, it will only rob us of the joy this season brings, and that would be very sad.

I have never been offended when someone has said, “Happy Hanukah” or “Happy Kwanza,” because I know those are days that people celebrate during this time of the year, and I am good with them celebrating those days.

Therefore, I do not see why people should be offended by the words “Merry Christmas.”

I have yet to meet anyone who has had an ulterior motive for saying, “Merry Christmas.”

Usually, they are genuinely been trying to be polite, and, because they are happy, they desire to share that happiness with others. Keeping this in mind, I think folks should be less inclined to be offended.

The focus of this season should be on giving to others, and not being self-centered, or concentrating on ourselves. When we focus on others, we are living out the principle of what the season is all about, and we will experience the joy that, if we are wise, will be able to replicate throughout the year, and not only on Christmas!

If you would like to contact me, please email me at mvaughn.seniorpastor@newwineskin.org