10 Reasons I Say “Merry Christmas!” And Why You Should As Well

Words matter.  What does it say about a person who refuses to say the words “Merry Christmas”.  Last year, I entered a Starbucks and told the person behind the counter “Merry Christmas” and he responded “Right back at you.”

I was taken aback but then took this as a challenge.  Returning the next day, I once again said “Merry Christmas”.  They responded “Thanks. You too.”  The next time was “Thank you.”  Then simply just a smile and nod.  Finally, after the fifth time my persistence paid off.  A middle-age women responded with “Merry Christmas to you too.”

Over the next six months, she served my family with exemplary customer service.  She would have our order already rang up as soon as we got to the counter, showed us pictures of her family, and told us about how they were doing in school.  Sadly, her marriage ended in divorce and she moved back home to Chicago.

The words “Merry Christmas” mattered a great deal to that person and they should matter to you as well.  The following are the reasons leaders should be proactively saying those two wonderful words.

  1. Leaders Properly Evaluate Reality – Regardless of your religious beliefs, December 25th is Christmas day.  To deny the obvious reduces your intellectual standing.
  2. Leaders Are Dealers Of Hope – Christmas is a time of hope, possibilities, and new beginnings.  The words “Merry Christmas” remind people of a brighter today and tomorrow.
  3. Leaders Are Generous – “Merry Christmas” tells others that you want the best for their lives.
  4. Leadership Is Sustained By Character – Being a follower of Jesus Christ is my fundamental identity.  Whether popular or not, leaders must stay true to their convictions if they wish to have lasting influence. 
  5. Leaders Leave A Legacy – I want to leave a lasting impression and demonstrate to my daughter what the Christian life looks like, especially during the holidays.  There is no success without succession.
  6. Leadership Takes Courage – It took courage to keep going back to Starbuck’s and spreading goodwill to those there. 
  7. Leadership Finds Solutions – I was not going to take “No” for an answer.  Someone was going to say “Merry Christmas” back to me.  Leaders find a way.
  8. Leaders Build Bridges – The words “Merry Christmas” created an opportunity to connect relationally with a hurting person who needed friends. 
  9. Leaders See A Bigger Picture – Christmas is not about me or my opinions.  It is about Jesus.
  10. Great Leaders Sacrifice For The Good Of Others – It was that same Jesus who loved us enough to give up all the blessings of heaven and come to Earth as a little baby.  That little baby would then one day grow up and die for our sins.   That is what makes Christmas Merry.

I love saying “Merry Christmas”.  Those words mean something deep to our core as people.  Therefore I wish Starbuck’s a “Merry Christmas!”  I wish Target a “Merry Christmas!”  I wish Michaels a “Merry Christmas!”  I wish Wal-Mart a “Merry Christmas!”

And I wish each and every one of you a very, Merry Christmas!  And don’t forget, right back at you.

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About Brian Dodd on Leadership

I am a church stewardship and leadership consultant for INJOY Stewardship Solutions. This blog combines my personal passions of church, sports, pop culture and family into a single leadership resource. I trust your time on this site will create conversations and add value to your life.

6 Responses to “10 Reasons I Say “Merry Christmas!” And Why You Should As Well”

  1. This is a ridiculous article. Be mindful of other people not just your selfish selves.

    Happy holidays ignorant author.

    • Thank you for the response. I mean this sincerely, you have made my day. What I love about the electronic world is that there is plenty of room for all opinions. I truly do value your’s and appreciate the comments. I hope you keep reading and commenting on my other articles.

      Since tomorrow really is Christmas, I do wish you a very, Merry Christmas and hope it will be the best one you’ve ever had!!! Take care.

  2. Insightful website! Will take a decent amount of time to examine this stuff..

  3. Jeremy McKinzey Reply 12/02/2010 at 1:10 PM

    I know and understand what you are saying. I just disagree with some of it. The true meaning of christmas deals with paganism. The concept didn’t come about untill Constatine ( I beleive that is how you spell it). Christ was not born on Dec 25th and Christ has nothing to do with this day. It is something that “Christians” way back when wanted to do so they could celebrate a holiday like everyone else. In todays society, the very word “Christian” is so wrongly used that people couldn’t tell you what it actually means. I believe a leader shares the entire story of any holiday, speak truth about that holiday and allow the people to come up with their own conclusion. As a teacher and one day a pastor, my goal is to make sure those under me know and learn truth and the real meaning of why we do what we do. It is a comfortable saying that Christ was born on this day so we celebrate it, but we are never told in scripture to celebrate or remember his birth. I understand what you are saying, just don’t believe it is correct.

  4. Unfortunately in America, it has become commonplace to ignore the Holiday Greeting, most employers as I understand it, tell their employee’s to NOT participate. It is sad, but has regrettably become a staple of American business in recent years.

    It has become for lack of a better word, politically correct, to ignore the holiday completely and no one acknowledges the true meaning of the season …. The baby …. Jesus.

    I kind of miss it.

    DS

  5. MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!

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