Shona Neff, founder of ‘Christian Women Take Root’ and ‘Take Root and Write’ – two Networks for Christian Women and Writers, reflects on the meaning of ‘Merry Christmas,’ suggests a triple reality check in Reality Check: Merry Christmas, and comes to the following conclusion:

The Reality of Merry Christmas

Practical Christianity understands that a Merry Christmas is not based on the reality of our wealth (whatever form it takes); it is based on a heart that beats for Jesus. It’s an attitude that recognizes where we can share our wealth of money, time, or love with others. It is a sincerity that catapults “Merry Christmas” from a trite statement appropriate for the season (or a grenade hurled at political correctness), to a heart-felt gift of goodwill in honor of Jesus.

Or in other words:

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.

~Roy L. Smith