JULIE WELLS: Remember to put love into your 'Merry Christmas' greetings



How does the saying go? Without Christ there would be no Christmas.That's right. For He is the sole -- or for a Christian I should spell it out as "soul" -- reason in celebrating Christmas.

There are several e-mails, Facebook posts, signs and so forth that are asking people to not shop at businesses that have "Happy Holidays" signs placed everywhere instead of "Merry Christmas."

I'm not saying whether you should or shouldn't spend your money at those places. But I do ask that as you are out and about, you choose to say "Merry Christmas" instead of "Happy Holidays," and that you do so in a loving way.

I've watched firsthand many people trying to make a statement when they say "Merry Christmas" and they come across as angry, bitter Christians instead of the loving ones Jesus calls us to be.

I, myself, will always say "Merry Christmas," because I celebrate the birth of our Savior. And when the cashier at the grocery store says "Happy Holidays" to me, I just smile and say "Merry Christmas." I don't have to make a big speech or a big scene about what the person just said to me. By just saying it, they know then who I serve.

As a matter of fact, I can recall last year saying "Merry Christmas" to a couple of cashiers before they had a chance to say anything to me and you could see relief in their faces. I think customer service employees are told they can't say anything but "Happy Holidays" unless we as the customer say "Merry Christmas" first.

So, have that Christ-like attitude this season. This is our chance to shine as Christians. This is our opportunity to share why there is a Christmas season to celebrate in the first place. But we have to do so in a way that is out of love.

Yes, it irritates me to no end that while we have this horrible economy, men and women fighting overseas, starving kids everywhere, that we have spent entirely too much money and talked too much about "Happy Holidays" and it has all been allowed.

But, there is a right way and wrong way to handle things.

For example, I read that when Tim Tebow started wearing "John 3:16" on his face during football games, that there were some 92 million hits on that Scripture online. He didn't say a word; he just wore what he believed in on his face.

This Christmas, we can speak louder than ever by doing so in love. After all, baby Jesus was sent to this world because God gave His only begotten son because He loves us all that much.

Merry Christmas!

Julie Wells is the editorial assistant in the newsroom at the Rockdale Citizen. She can be reached at julie.wells@rockdalecitizen.com.