The Case for “Merry Christmas”

As I’ve made it clear in past writings, I’m a strong orthodox conservative Christian. I say “Merry Christmas” to everyone during the Christmas season at risk of potentially offending someone who might prefer being wished a “happy holidays.” Something as pure and wholesome as celebrating Christmas has been under attack for decades by the left for its alleged lack of inclusivity. While a very large majority of Americans celebrate Christmas as a national and/or religious holiday, many still find themselves on the fence about whether they should say “Merry Christmas” or “happy holidays”. I assure you that the benefits of wishing Merry Christmas to someone far outweigh the negative consequences.

Prominent Jewish conservative figurehead Dennis Prager of PragerU lays out why the “war on Christmas” isn’t a mere fabrication of the paranoid conservative mind. As Prager rightly points out, leftists are campaigning for the secularization of America as a whole. That’s why they strive to secularize traditional Christmas greetings because they understand how culture is impacted through deceptively changing language. Slowly removing Christmas from the vocabulary of the culture will result in a more secularized culture. I have friends who don’t identify as Christians yet happily celebrate Christmas because it is an embedded American tradition. Like Dennis Prager, they celebrate Christmas because it’s recognized as an American holiday while not celebrating it as a holy day. At the same time, Prager doesn’t disregard the religious significance of the holiday to Christians. He recognizes the sacred meaning of Christmas among those that claim a Christian worldview.

Allowing the incremental secularization to chip away at how Christmas is viewed and celebrated would be a great disservice to our country. Christmas is a period of time where reflection, giving, love, and reconciliation are often present in our minds. For Christians, the theological significance of Christmas plays through our hearts and minds as we read through the nativity story in the gospels. We all seem to find something to be thankful for when the story of Christmas is present in our lives. The term ‘holiday’ doesn’t carry the same weight as ‘Christmas’ because it doesn’t have the same transcendent meaning.

Disguising ‘Merry Christmas’ with ‘happy holidays’ at the same time of year we always wish people a ‘Merry Christmas’ is a leftist ruse. People who attempt to claim that wishing someone ‘Merry Christmas’ is insensitive to the minority of people who don’t celebrate Christmas fail to recognize the importance and permanence that Christmas has played on a global scale for much longer than they’ve been alive.

Since leftists typically campaign on the basis of “tolerance”, you’d think that tolerance would be charitably extended to the majority of individuals who enjoy the Christmas season and would like to be wished a “Merry Christmas.” Sadly, the limit of tolerance is breached the moment opposition is encountered in too many instances. For the leftist, it would be tolerant to remain politely neutral and not say anything other than “thank you” when someone kindly wishes them a ‘Merry Christmas.’ I’m sure many leftists do behave in this way but there are those that campaign against Christmas fervently enough to cause the switch from ‘Merry Christmas’ to ‘happy holidays.’

The case is simple. The only reason ‘happy holidays’ is a thing is because of Christmas. We know that ‘happy holidays’ is a code word for ‘Merry Christmas.’ It’s time to take the mask off this secularized terminology and start fully embracing Christmas again by wishing our family, friends, neighbors, and strangers a “MERRY CHRISTMAS” again.



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