I am overwhelmed by the continuing battle raging over the words, "Merry Christmas." We as a society in American, find it necessary for everyone to feel at ease with their surroundings and to make sure everyone we encounter is comfortable, so we dare not say anything that may be considered even slightly offensive. We Christians find ourselves in the midst of this joyous season that celebrates the birth of our Savior, falling in line with the world. We too can be found saying "happy holidays" instead of Merry Christmas. I am asking all who call themselves Christian, who believe in the Christ of Christmas, to stop making excuses for your beliefs and proclaim this season a Merry Christmas. If someone chooses to greet you with "happy holidays," answer back, "Merry Christmas," and if you want, "The Savior is born". We are constantly bombarded by commercial aspect of Christmas. The overwhelming advertisements for the latest electronic gadget or the toys that the kids just have to have if they are to remain popular among their friends, but we lose sight of the true reason for the season. We Christians should enjoy this season more than anyone else. We truly understand what it means to celebrate the birth of our Savior. We understand that God, our Creator, loved us enough to send His Son to us in human flesh. A love so great, Jesus would gladly give up His place at the right hand of the Father in Heaven, to be born in the most humble of settings, a stable, and to be laid in a manger as a newborn baby. To grow into a man who would work and walk among us. In His brief time on this earth, He would give us a glimpse into how we should treat one another and place our love for God above all other loves. We understand that this same Jesus would go against the grain of society, stand up for the helpless, the homeless and the weak. He would not apologize when He spoke of the Kingdom of God, and promised eternal life to those whom accepted this gift from God, this Savior! It is our time Christians! That's why the lights, the wreaths, the garland, the presents and the excitement abound this time of year. Not for the sales or the gifts, but for the celebration of the greatest gift ever given, Jesus, Emmanuel, God with us! Take your stand; wish all you see a Merry Christmas, and remind all who are in doubt, the Savior is born! Eddie Carter Aiken