What does it mean to have a Merry Christmas?

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“Merry Christmas!” What is a Merry Christmas? Sadly for many people it can mean, and does mean, many different things. To some a Merry Christmas is simply a happy time of year when they get together with family and friends. To some a Merry Christmas is a break from school and work. For many charities a Merry Christmas is the increase of funds received from the public. And for many children it is a happy time when they receive many toys and other gifts. Sadly, these ideas and concepts of a Merry Christmas are short lived. Once the Christmas season is over the joy is over as well. It is back to work and school, the gifts and toys are broken and set aside, the troubles that plagued families before Christmas pickup where they left off after Christmas. And the charities start planning how to collect more funds next year. People such as these do not know, believe, or have lost focue in the true meaning of a Merry Christmas.

Many people in our nation contend that the words “Merry Christmas” are politically incorrect. They come out with statements claiming that the words “Merry Christmas” are offensive to some in our nation. The truth of the matter is that such claims are made by those being used by the this sinful world and the devil to take the true focus of the real meaning of “Merry Christmas.”

Thanks be to God that the true meaning of Christmas is still found and celebrated in Christian Churches and homes across our nation. The words of the angels recorded in Luke chapter 2:9-14 are still just as true and meaningful as when they were spoken, “And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid.  Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people.  For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

The true joy in a Merry Christmas is Christ, the babe born in Bethlehem, the Savior of the world from sin and eternal death. It is a joy that will not fade with the passing of the Christmas season but will remain glowing in the hearts of all that believe.

Please join us this Christmas season as we celebrate the true meaning of a “Merry Christmas.” Please bring your friends and family.

From the Evangelical Lutheran Synod Board for Home Outreach

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