A lot of criticism and disgust turns up around this time of year due to the commercialism that seems to have taken over Christmas. Much of this is aimed at the many attempts to exclude Jesus and even the word “Christmas” from cards, letters, comments etc. It also comes from ridiculous things like “Holiday Trees” and “Holiday Lights”. It’s very easy to be annoyed with this type of behavior as it may seem that our holiday of celebrating Jesus’ birth is being taken away from us.
If that’s the case, how should we respond? Do we really think that criticizing those responsible for this exclusion or being upset about this situation will bring Christ back into the picture? Acting in this way takes Christ out of OUR Christmas as well, as we’re no longer focusing on him but on the behavior of others. To me, the forces behind this secularization win an additional battle by bringing us down and frustrating us at a time when we’re called to be joyful, expectant and loving.
So, this year, instead of hearing “Happy Holidays” and being frustrated, smile and let Christ shine through you to that person so that you can be a living example for what He stood for and was here to teach us. The more people living as Jesus calls us to live and loving others, the more representatives He will have showing the true Christmas spirit.
Think about it, it’s not our job to be offended on Jesus’ behalf. He took much more verbal abuse and scorning during His passion than He takes now by his birthday being “taken over”, I’m sure He’s capable of handling it lovingly. I would think that He would be more saddened by one of His followers being brought down by all of this than by a non-believer trying to join in the Holiday in their own secular way. So smile, love, enjoy your friends and family and make Him proud through your actions and kindness.