Grimm's Musings: MERRY CHRISTMAS!
H.R. Grimm is responsible for this content, which is not edited by the Wilson County News or wilsoncountynews.com.
December 25th is recognized in the Western World as the day to celebrate the Birth of Christ. So we say "Merry Christmas" in honor of the historical fact. This Christ has been known as the reason for celebrating CHRISTMAS on December 25th for hundreds of years. Now, some people will argue that the actual day is to be questioned but this isn't the argument here. The indisputable fact is, December 25th is the day set aside to celebrate the birth of Christ.
When anyone reads the birth of Christ or CHRISTMAS story the historic account comes from what is considered by all of Christiandom and evidently, the World at large based on the Bible (what was known and revered for generations as The Holy Bible). "She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins" (Matthew 1:21). There are other historic documents called scriptures such as, "for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord" (Luke 2:11), "Baby Laying in a Manger" (Luke 2:12), "The Only Begotten of The Father" (RE: John 3:16), "The Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6) and too many more to list here.
To enhance this CHRIST celebrating day, Nativity scenes will be on display and sold in every major department store. (Nativity in art has been around since the 4th Century: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nativity_of_Jesus_in_art). Today, manufacturers, advertisers, stores and shoppers are geared up to get as many people to give gifts on December 25th.
What is nothing but a denial of historic facts, is that so people are wanting to avoid saying Merry Christmas by merely saying "Happy Holidays". It just seems odd as if trying to take the root meaning out of it all. It's like taking the "holy" out of "holiday" and of course if you do this then you've got "Happy Days" and no doubt your mind went immediately to The Fonz and Richie Cunningham. So Christmas and holy day or holiday should bring your mind to Christ's birth. Even if you rarely attend church or have never successfully made it through catechism, think about it.
There is a historical fact that is observed World wide and up until things got all Politically Correct within the last few years, the year count was literally "in the year of our Lord (Jesus Christ)" or "Anno Domini" referring to Christ's Death or "A.D." (After Death). Those years BEFORE His Birth were "B.C." (as in Before Christ).
So Christmas is a holy day for people who believe in Christ. It IS a religious observance. Now, if others do not want to observe Christ, they have that privilege. However, to wrestle Christ out of the day the Western Church observes Christ's birth celebration puts people into a category of being Christ-denying or Christ-avoiding people.
The impact of fully grasping the divine purpose behind Christ's birth, Christmas, is that Christ will change the heart of people, sins will be washed away by His sacrifice atoning for our sins Easter). When you take the virgin birth out of Christmas you have gutted the whole reason. Ah, but when you grasp the true meaning, you see the hope and you cannot help but say Merry Christmas.
Saying Merry Christmas is almost like a prayer and blessing as if saying, "LORD, please help me see the me You see me to be in Christ"
MERRY CHRISTMAS! (hrg)