It seems each year my inbox is flooded with requests to boycott a company for not using “Merry Christmas” or the insistence that I say “Merry Christmas” instead of "Happy Holidays." Perhaps we’ve merely forgotten what the word ‘holiday’ actually means.
Holiday comes from two Latin root words (Evart students in Mr. Haines’ class, pay attention). The first is ‘halig’ meaning holy. Holy refers to something that is sacred, godly or set apart for a purpose. The second word is ‘daeg’ meaning day. So if someone says “Happy Holidays” they are actually saying, “Happy Holy Days”. Christmas is considered by many, especially Christians, to be a holy day. It is a day set apart to celebrate God becoming man. God came to earth in the form of a human to fulfill the mission of proclaiming Himself as Messiah then dying and rising again. He did this so that the rest of sinful humanity, many that would reject Him, might be saved from eternal punishment to eternal life to the praise and glory of God the Father. What an amazing feat! What a great thing to celebrate! And many do celebrate this Holy Day….this Holy Season.