What is Wrong with ‘Season’s Greetings?’

It is astounding this time of year by the number of Christians who seem put off or perhaps even offended to some degree when someone says, “Happy Holiday,” “‘Tis the Season,” or “Season’s Greetings.” They believe these common and long-standing expressions are secular and detract from the reason for the season, which is to celebrate the birth of our Saviour, Jesus. However, regardless of how secular society uses those phrases, they still point to the magnificent virgin birth of Christ, our Lord.

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The meaning behind the phrase “Happy Holiday” is to wish someone a “happy holy day,” which, in this case, points to when we celebrate the day Christ was born. Over time, the phrase evolved to “Happy Holidays,” which can encompass all the holy days throughout the coming year. The phrase “Tis the Season” or “Season’s Greetings” acknowledges the presence of the holy day season of Christmas or Christ-mas. It is a season when Christians ought to pause and reflect on the past year’s many blessings, ponder the wonders in the new year to come, and celebrate the coming of our Savior.

All in all, Satan is the culprit working to twist and bend these traditional phrases, so they point away from the birth of Christ. The more he can distort or skew Christmas’s meaning, which he has done quite well through commercialization, but that is a devotion for another time, those lost in the world will continue to miss out on the rich blessing, the real reason for the season. Therefore, whether someone says to you, “Season’s Greetings,” “‘Tis the Season,” or “Happy Holiday or Holidays,” return the greeting with a spirit of festive joy knowing that it all points to Jesus, and most of all, let them see Christ shine in you. Merry Christmas!

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5 thoughts on “What is Wrong with ‘Season’s Greetings?’

  1. James Reasor December 2, 2020 / 1:28 PM

    Thank you kind sir for providing us with these important thoughts about the season we are in. If you and I were to say “seasons greetings” or “happy holidays” to each other, knowing what you and I both believe, we KNOW where our hearts are and the intent of these kind wishes. 🙂

    As we are followers of Jesus Christ, and we KNOW He is God’s Son and was sent to earth to pay the price for our sins, we understand the importance of the season we are in. Likewise, as you and I are followers of Jesus Christ, the birth of our Lord and Savior is an event that we celebrate daily!

    As I face each day, I proceed with this thought in mind: “what does the Lord want me to do today?” As I progress through the day looking for opportunities to serve others much like Jesus would, I am hopeful that I make a positive difference and shine the light of Jesus Christ onto others.

    PS: if you say “seasons greetings:” to me, I promise I will not snarl at you! 🙂 God bless you kind sir and thanks for all that you do!

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    • Darryl Orrell December 2, 2020 / 1:38 PM

      Amen brother. Nicely said, and I appreciate the time you took to read and comment. Blessings to you and in the spirit of celebrating our Savio’s birth, Season’s Greetings, Happy Holiday, and yes, Merry Christmas! 🙂

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  2. jimhowley December 2, 2020 / 1:39 PM

    Though I do understand the point you are making, I will venture to say that most people including Christians do not know the facts you stated and the reason they use these greetings rather than Merry Christmas is because they are afraid of offending someone who may not agree that the “season” is and well should be about celebrating the birth of our Savior. I will not buy into the, yes secular, political correct greeting that does in fact point away from the true purpose of celebrating. When greeted with these phrases my response will always be and a Merry Christmas to you! As Christians we should have no hesitation in using a response that makes it crystal exactly what we are celebrating.

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    • Darryl Orrell December 2, 2020 / 1:48 PM

      Your point is well taken, my brother, but I will venture to say that if someone does not understand the meaning and intent behind Happy Holiday or Season’s Greetings, neither will they give a second thought to the meaning behind Merry Christmas. People that far detached from the true reason tor the season only see the commercialization aspect of December 25th. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment; your thoughts are always welcome. Blessings and Merry Christmas! 🙂

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    • James Reasor December 2, 2020 / 4:34 PM

      Kind sir, very good points! We followers of Jesus Christ should share our faith and witness and minister to others as well as help those in need. As the Great Commission indicates, we should go forth and make disciples of all nations. We should be ready to share our faith and belief in Jesus Christ with others. I like your approach that you want to greet a person in a manner that gives insight into your beliefs. In the book of Matthew there is a Bible verse that reflects your approach and your passion to share the Good News: from a person’s heart, they will speak. Please keep sharing the Good News about Jesus Christ! Many blessings to you!


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