For millions of religious minorities around the world, it's very difficult to have a "Merry Christmas" because of the possible persecution they face.
In America, a battle over Christmas might refer to someone saying "Happy Holidays" rather than "Merry Christmas" – but celebrating Christmas in other countries may spell real danger for Christians. David Curry, president and CEO of Open Doors USA, explains.
"People aren't either allowed to celebrate Christmas – there are many places like that: Somalia, Saudi Arabia, I could go on: North Korea – but there are also even more places where people have to keep their head down [and] worship in secret the birth of Jesus," he shares.
Curry tells OneNewsNow that's because either their government prohibits it or because the culture makes it dangerous to do so.
"[There are] places in the Middle East [and] in North Africa where people can be hurt, [where] churches are often most vulnerable at Christmas – and every year we see stories of Christians and churches being bombed," he explains.
Curry urges American Christians to remember and pray for those who cannot utter the words "Merry Christmas." Open Doors USA has made available a free eBook to learn more about persecution during Christmas, plus the organization has an online prayer wall and prayer app available to send messages to those who celebrate Christmas in secret.