Today many Christians worldwide celebrate the birth of Jesus. Though we may ignore and dishonor Him, He is still the reason for the holiday that bears His name, even though the phrase "Happy Holidays," is currently more acceptable.
No matter what it is called, the day still belongs to Him. Commercialism won't destroy it, paganism can't sully it - ignore it if you want, but it won't go away. Whether we have been naughty or nice, whether we do random acts of kindness or pointed acts of selfishness, the fact is that God sent His Son to earth to seek and save that which was lost. And that includes you and me as well as everybody else who has ever lived. During the Christmas Eve service at our church the pastor made a somewhat startling statement: "On July 30, 1969 man walked on the moon for the first time and that was a big deal. Over two thousand years ago God came to live on this earth and that was a very big deal. Because he came not to intimidate us but to set us free."
Yes, let us celebrate this "very big deal."
The message of Christmas is love, the love God has for us and the love He desires us to have for Him and for each other. We will never understand the price He paid to set us free. So, when someone wishes you Merry Christmas, what he or she is really saying is "God loves you, and so do I."