I know this rant is a bit late for the season, but it struck me that our common way of greeting people during the Christmas season seems completely inadequate. Here is what I mean, the “Merry” on “Merry Christmas” seems woefully underwhelming as an adjective. When I hear “Merry Christmas” I hear, “Have a nice, little, safe, quiet Christmas.”
But Christmas is perhaps THE most powerful event in the course of human history. Could we not use a better adjective to qualify our desire to celebrate the incarnation of God for the redemption of humanity? Merry seems to small of a word to truly call us to celebrate God breaking in history through the birth of Jesus.
“Awesome” doesn’t seem to work for me as it has been repurposed in our cultre to mean “way cool.”
“Extraordinary” doesn’t roll off the tongue.
“Amazing” begins to move in the right direction.
I am now taking applications for new appropriate qualifiers as I hope to begin a new movement away from “Merry” to something much more powerful.