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.
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!