Last week was filled with lots of people sharing important words with me, as they wished me a “Merry Christmas.” In previous years I heard other words like “Happy Holidays” and several more awkward attempts at spreading cheer including “Happy Hanukkah,” “Happy Solstice,” and “Happy Kwanzaa.” But this year I heard “Merry Christmas” more times than not.
It was as if the PC curtain had dropped from filtering the words of those around me. People were more determined to focus their words in the direction of their choice, rather than couching it according to what was PC.
This change was in more than just the phrases that people shared; it showed up in public ways as well. I read numerous accounts of freedoms being restored that allowed people and organizations to verbalize Christmas greetings and display créches in public – Not reported in the national news.
Individuals taking back their rights to freedom of speech and religion were the most important activities our nation saw this past year. No longer being persuaded by the media, we were moved by our hearts and shared our own words. It has turned this season into a true sense of Christmas for me.
The words we choose to share and follow make a difference in the outcome of our lives. Speaking truth rather than passing on someone else’s PC agenda provides us with freedom and strength to live the life we were wired to live. Our lives are transformed away from the dysfunctional and distorted ways that pound against us daily into a grace filled expression of all that is good.
With this tone set in my life as Christmas approaches, I’ve decided to share what I feel is the most important part of Christmas…
“In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. …So the Word became human and made his home among us.” (John 1:1-5, 14.)
That is what Christmas is all about: God sharing his Word with us through the greatest act of love known to mankind.
I’m now more convinced than ever that a person who shares the joyous phrase “Merry Christmas” is doing it as an expression of whom they are. They no longer need to be concerned about sharing a different phrase that may or may not be received by the person to whom they’re attempting to spread cheer.
We’ve had it backwards these past few years, while being PC was in the forefront. We were too worried about how our words might be received, rather than boldly expressing the truth about ourselves. And, the changes in the words we shared, changed who we were.
But its important that we don’t lose sight of whom we are, as a free people that can express our thoughts and feelings. Our freedom of speech and religion is the greatest innate gift we’ve ever received and we need to cherish it. So, because of who I am…