Happy Holidays

So now its happy holidays instead of Merry Christmas.

And if you put a Nativity scene on public property you could get sued.

And you know it was really a pagan holiday to begin with.

And we think they are trying to take Christ out of Christmas.


I don’t think so.

It may have been a pagan holiday once upon a time but now it’s something else.

You can look at the Wikipedia article on Christmas and examine all the traditions and get really confused about what this or that means or where it came from.  It doesn’t really matter.  The only thing that matters is what they mean to me, to us today.

No matter what they do they can’t make the holidays into a secular celebration.  Consider the songs, Christmas carols.  It’s almost impossible to root Jesus out of them.  No matter how carefully you set up your playlist He somehow seems to sneak in there somewhere.

Of course there is one aspect of Christmas you could never eradicate, gift giving.  It’s the elephant in the room.  If it wasn’t for gift giving at Christmas retailers would be in big trouble.  We complain about the commercialism of Christmas but the fact is that all that buying and wrapping and giving points us to Christ.

We talk about Santa’s good and bad lists and we tell our kids they have to be good but when it comes down to it we will give.  The gifts are gifts, not earned.  Grace.  Just like that child born over two thousand years ago.  Given.  Like the prophets and angels said:

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government will be on His shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6



About Angus Lewis

My wife and I lived our whole lives in Arkansas until ten years ago. We moved to the Kansas City area in 2011 (a job change). That was the reason for the 'From a Far Country' title. Our children and grandchildren were in Arkansas. Six months ago we sold our house and bought one in Sherwood, Arkansas and my wife moved back down here. Two weeks ago I retired and moved back too. (I'm probably going to try to find something part time to keep me out of trouble.) So maybe the 'From a Far Country' title is not so much of a fit anymore. But I think I'll stick with it. I'm still not home. Not yet. The Bible says we are all strangers and pilgrims here. Our real home is with God and some day we'll be there. We'll be home.
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One Response to Happy Holidays

  1. Neeks says:

    Well put, not earned, grace.
    It’s Merry Christmas for me, I even went to this website and ordered pins to wear around the season. My friends begged for them too.
    http://oktosaychristmas.com/ ~best of all, the proceeds go to the needy.

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