Winning the war on Christmas

By Joan Clayton: PNT religion columnist

Here we go again… the war of Christmas. Let’s forget these two words, “politically correct.” Excuse me, but I’m getting tired of hearing “someone may be offended.”

Hey, this is our country and we love the land of the free!

I can’t understand why those who oppose Christmas want to take away the joy of this time of year. It is Jesus’ birthday. Why is it other beliefs are never attacked? (Some are even given more privileges.)

Jesus sacrificed for you and me. Name someone else whose grace and mercy brings forgiveness. Name someone who came to give us the abundant life. Name someone who is coming back for his children to live with him in glory.

What is it about this time of year that makes it so different from any other? Why are our spirits lifted to the strains of “Silent Night” and “Joy to the World?” Why do friends and family seem just a little closer with hearts once again yearning toward home?

Could it be because the Christ child brings light and hope to a darkened world?

Could it be “Christmas” softens even the hardest heart? And why is that? Jesus is the only hope…a hope that cannot be found in any other.

Jesus said… “I am the resurrection, and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25 NIV).

Christmas happens in the human heart. Even in the bleakest circumstance Christmas occurs. Christmas puts sparkles in the eyes of the young, the old and all in between.

I want to shout it from the rooftops, “A Savior is born!” It’s the “most wonderful time of the year” and even the worse Scrooge is softened.

No matter how hard they try, they will never be able to take away Christmas from the human heart. Because of Christmas, we are once again reminded of God’s love for mankind. He became flesh and dwelt among us. He is called “Wonderful, Counselor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.”

I hear statements like, “Christmas has been too commercialized. Jesus was not born in the wintertime,” and other complaints. So who cares? Not me! I love to hear the Christmas carols playing. I love receiving Christmas cards. I love greeting and hugging people with a jolly “Merry Christmas.” If they come back with “Happy Holidays,” I say “No!” You tell me “Merry Christmas.” Last year a clerk looked around to see if anyone was looking before she said, “Merry Christmas.” How sad! Do we have to have thought police?

My husband says I have Christmas every day. Why not:

“Let’s have Christmas every day of the year.

Let love and faith fill each day.

Reach out to others with his great love,

Be a blessing along the way!

Let’s have Christmas every day of the year.

Each day make a brand new start.

The blessing will return back to you

Because Christmas is in your heart!”

It’s just so wonderful. Let’s celebrate the birth of Jesus. He is truly a gift each day but since Dec. 25 has been recognized as his birthday, I’m happy that non-believers hear about him anyway.

Let this wonderful time of the year bring you joy.

Let the Prince of Peace give you peace.

Tell him how thankful you are that he came to earth to save you.

So I’m saying “Merry Christmas” and I’m celebrating Jesus’ birthday.

I hope you do too!