Thankful Thursday - The Blessed Birth

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Santa praying

My friend, Beverly displays this figurine at Christmas time. She also buys a birthday cake and has it decorated to read Happy Birthday Jesus!
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Santa worships Jesus.
I love her little figurine. Seeing Santa, the benevolent gift giving man who symbolizes Christmas to too many of us, bending in humble reverence to the Christ child, is so touching. She has mended it’s paint and cherished it year after year, and then you hear in the news that there are those who are offended by a nativity on display or the words “Merry Christmas!” 
Have we lost our minds?
Nativities are taken down and hid from view. Greetings are reworded “Happy Holidays!” Have we lost our mind? What has happened to free speech?  Fox News is offering Holiday Tips, Holiday Pointers for your Holiday Party and providing guidance for Holiday etiquette. So called "offended" parties have taken organizations to court to have the nativity removed from public display. 
Jesus is the reason for the season, He is the first and true Christmas gift. Let them fool themselves finding temporary happiness with gifts that fade away, get used up, rust, or break;  but our Lord will prevail and NEVER fail.
Join Amanda.
Amanda offers us an opportunity to sound off and get a conversation going. Christmas is a topic near and dear to my heart so thank you, Amanda for the opportunity. :-)
Go on over to Two Questions Thursday and ask your questions, and say your piece! I said mine. :-)
My Questions:
1. Does it bother you when you are instructed to say Happy Holidays and not Merry Christmas?

2. How about when you see the word xmas? Even spell checker knows that xmas is incorrectly spelled underlining it in red!!
May your Christmas be filled with love!
I truly hope your Christmas season is filled with the love, peace and joy of Christ. Personally, I cannot feel that the holiday is a holiday without Him!! Thank you for your visit. Take care, stay healthy and God bless!!
 

5 comments:

Self Sagacity December 12, 2012 at 10:14 PM  

Thanks for the wonderful introduction to t2q. Funny you should bring up this subject, it was the subject of our last sermon in church. You know something? I never thought of it that way about the sayings. I guess I have a lot to learn about religion and catholicism. That is what happens when you dont't practice the faith. I am catholic - just for the record. :-)
After last Sunday I am more aware of the difference, and after your post today, I am really interested in keeping it straight during this time of year, and how I will proclaim my joy about Jesus's BD.
Have a wonderful weekend.

SquirrelQueen December 13, 2012 at 4:44 AM  

That figurine is so sweet, I have never seen one like it before.

It would bother me if someone said I had to use the term. I do however use the term Happy Holidays often. I have friend of many faiths, some mixed within families. Also if I am speaking with someone who I might not see again for awhile I use it to include both Christmas and New Years. For most folks I will say Merry Christmas.

I always write out the word Christmas.

Icy BC December 13, 2012 at 6:54 AM  

You know, Judy, we've lost our freedom of speech long ago when a certain word deemed to be racist, or belittled or whatever. There is always a reason or excuse when there are enough people making noise about it.

I still say Merry Christmas, especially to religious people that I know..

As for the gift giving, we have taken it way beyond the meaning that it was intended long ago by Saint Nicolas!

Poetic Shutterbug December 13, 2012 at 11:45 AM  

Judy, we had that same figurine in our home while growing up and my Brother displays it now at his home when we are there for Christmas.

You are right, what happened to free speech. I am tired of people suing over things being said that they personally don't like. It's ridiculous.

I always say Merry Christmas to everyone. Happy Holidays I think is good to use in a more general atmosphere. Where I work, we greet hundreds of people per day so I think when I work on Christmas Eve I'll be using the Happy Holidays greeting.

Jim December 13, 2012 at 2:50 PM  

A nice post, Judy. We need to think about these things.

I will always say "Merry Christmas" but might follow that with a "Happy Holidays" as when I do that I am thinking of the season that includes New Years Day.

Xmas used to bother me and I generally still do not use it. But when I see it or do use it I associate the "X" with the Cross that Jesus died on.

That way we are/I am reminded of His birth, His death, and His resurection. I can't think of His death without thinking resurction so that is why the X reminds me of both.

Have a Merry Christmas, Judy,
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