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A certain Christmas song states, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year ... It’s the hap-happiest season of all.” Though the lyrics approach Christmas from a secular view, I could not agree more with the sentiment. This is absolutely “the most wonderful time of the year” and “the hap-happiest season of all.”

This is the season during which we celebrate the coming of the Christ Child when God sent His precious Gift, the Gift that is unspeakable and full of glory. Speaking of this remarkable Gift, the Apostle John declared: “And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” John 1:14.

There is an amazing effort afoot to deny the very reason for Christmas, to omit the word “Christmas” in favor of referring only to “the holidays.” Frankly, for those who wish to remove Christ from Christmas, they are no better off with “holidays.” The American College Dictionary by Random House makes reference to the archaic definition of “holiday” as “holy day.”

In its definition of “holiday” it states that it is “a day fixed by law or custom on which ordinary business is suspended in commemoration of some event or in honor of some person.” Everyone knows that when the holy day we are discussing is Christmas, the “event” we are commemorating is the birth of Jesus Christ the Son of God, the Messiah, the Savior of all who call upon Him. The person we commemorate on the holy day of Christmas is Jesus Christ!

We are told that it is not politically correct to say “Merry Christmas;” we are to say, “Happy Holidays” instead. Ironically, such instruction is doing nothing to delete Jesus from the season. You see, Christmas for every Christian is synonymous with “happy holy day.”

It is holy because it is a sacred day of worship and praise. It is holy because it is set apart from every other day as being very special. For the believer, it is a happy holy day because it is through Jesus Christ that we have received forgiveness and the promise of everlasting life.

Agnostics will be no more successful in getting everyone to go along with their scheme to remove Christ from Christmas than Satan was in his attempt to kill Jesus on the cross! These modern detractors of Christ are no different from their ancestors who instructed Peter and John not to speak the name of Jesus. Peter and John responded as we should all respond, “Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard” Acts 4:19-20.

Our schoolteachers may be pressured to refer to the Christmas holidays as the “winter break,” but everybody knows it’s Christmas, and it’s all about Christ! The nativity scenes may be removed from public property, but everybody knows it’s Christmas, and it’s all about Christ!

The management of a large commercial enterprise may decide to speak only of “the holidays” in an attempt to go along with the politically correct way of doing things, but everybody knows it’s Christmas, and it’s all about Christ!

The effort to remove Christ from Christmas would be laughable if it did not reflect ignorance of the truth, which makes it pitiful and sad. Surely, we should all be encouraged to be evangelists on a daily basis wherever we go.

Our world needs to be introduced to Jesus Christ, and if they genuinely do not know that it’s impossible to have Christmas without Christ, we need to tell them about the One who came to earth as a baby born in a manger in Bethlehem. If they really don’t know, we need to tell them!