Have you ever stopped and listened to the lyrics of the traditional Christmas songs?  They are very powerful.  They are moving words.  One of my favorite carols is O holy night.  It truly shows what the holiday is truly about.  I love Christmas and Christmas Carols because I get to celebrate the birth of my Savior.  But I don’t think that my personal conviction about Christmas should be used to beat others over the head.

I offer Happy Holidays to everyone I meet this time of year.  Why?  Because not everyone is of the Christian faith.  Christians are not supposed to purposely offend someone, and we should not use it against someone.  We have to show them that we love them and that we care.  They will be more willing to someone who they can relate to, instead of someone who wants to tell them how much better they are.  I am not opposed to sharing your own faith, i just think that some people are fighting a personal war with the Merry Christmas that they say to people.  We are supposed to love people into a relationship with Jesus.  Besides all that, Christmas and New Years are 1 week apart and they are 2 not one holiday.  Literally, Happy Holidays is wishing someone good will for both the upcoming holidays.

Christmas is my favorite time of year.  It’s a time that people come together with family, to spend time with each other, and show their love for each other, and for my family, celebrate the birth of Jesus.  I love the carols, and the secular stuff too.  I love Santa and bringing joy to the little kids.  I love the Christmas movies.  But the next time you hear an old, traditional Christmas song, pause and listen to the words.  You may find a new meaning to your holiday.

O holy night, the stars are brightly shining;
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth!
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary soul rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Fall on your knees, O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born!
O night, O holy night, O night divine!

Led by the light of faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here came the wise men from far distant lands.
The King of kings is born the world rejoices,
In all our trials born to be our friend!

He knows our need, To our weaknesses is no stranger.
Behold your King, before him lowly bend!
O night, O holy night, O night divine!

Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His Gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother
And in His Name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy Name!