Well, itâs that time again, but this is nothing new. For centuries, perhaps as early as 1565, children, especially those in countries blessed with the benefits of Judeo-Christian culture, have looked forward to this time. Many adults, despite the multitude of tasks and expenses associated with it, also look forward to this time. People seem to be friendlier and strangers smile and speak to one another.
And it came to pass in those days, that they went out decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed. This taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria; and all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David): to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night, And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; You shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men (Luke 2:1-14 KJV).Aha, there it is! The solution! Simply stated: Christmas is the day set aside by a specific group of people to celebrate the birth of a particular individual. Henceforth, why not agree with the purpose? No more upset atheists and agnostics. (They can even let Charlie Brown out of the courtroom.) We simply dispense with âMerry Christmasâ and replace it with âHappy Birthday, Jesus!â