I Can’t Believe She Said, ‘Happy Holidays’!


Happy Holidays! That’s right I said, Happy Holidays!

I hope that everyone has a beautiful and Happy Holiday!

Many may say that I sit on the fence and choose to say this because I don’t want to offend anyone.  That could not be further from the truth.  It has nothing to do with offending anyone, it has to do with understanding that we live in a world of diversity.  There are people around us that are Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Christian & Atheist.  We all have different beliefs and therefore do not all celebrate the same holiday. I am a Catholic and was raised by two Catholic parents, but I married a wonderful and loving Jewish man. We celebrate Christmukkah & Eastover, we go to church on Sundays, my kids are in sunday school & we attend Temple on the High Holidays.  We believe that our differences and our acceptance of these differences make us a better & stronger family.  I understand that many of you may disagree with how we embrace our spirituality, but we believe our world is better and brighter because of diversity!

Every year there are debates on what Americans prefer ‘Merry Christmas’ or ‘Happy Holidays’.  Shockingly (wink,wink), the majority prefer ‘Merry Christmas’!  I have seen posts, tweets, articles & editorials on ‘Keeping the Christ in Christmas’I agree!  Christians need to focus on the reason we celebrate Christmas. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is a season of giving, kindness, love & joy, but if someone isn’t a Christian, then December 25th is a day off of work.  They don’t celebrate Christmas.

Our country is not one religion.  There are many religious celebrations that occur this time of year.  Whether you celebrate them or not, they exist.  So to assume that everyone around you celebrates Christmas, I think, is a little selfish.  My husband does, but that is because he is married to me; my mother-in-law does, but that is because she LOVES parties and decorating, but many don’t!  Yes, more than 70% of America identify themselves as Christians and probably celebrate Christmas, but there are 30% that do not. I am sure that most Americans would look oddly at a kind man walking past you on a beautiful Saturday morning wishing you, ‘Shabbat Shalom’.

I am not telling you that you can’t say ‘Merry Christmas’ to everyone you see…you can! But if you overhear someone wish a person, or yourself, ‘Happy Holiday’, don’t be offended by the statement; open your heart & get into the joyful spirit of the season!

Happy Holidays Everyone!

About strengthinmoms

I am the proud mom of two beautiful boys.  During my first pregnancy I exercised somewhat but didn’t know how to adjust to my changing body.  Eventually I just stopped and let my pregnancy take over because I thought the aches and pains were telling me to stop.  When I found out I was pregnant with my second child, I was told I needed to stop teaching cardio kickboxing and go easy during bootcamp.  I was very frustrated and confused.  I was pregnant, not injured?!  So I did my research and found out that I was right - I CAN do all of the things I was doing!  I just needed to be in tune with my body and listen to it.  I maintained my fitness levels, my core and total body strength and my relaxed state of mind.  I knew that being a mom did not mean letting go of who I am - a Strong and Fit Woman.  I deserved an hour a day to focus on my mind & body and ultimately my baby and family as well. * My passion in life is to help moms get fit and maintain their strength throughout their pregnancy and beyond.  * I am the owner of Strength in Moms - Prenatal & Postpartum Personal Training in Atlanta, GA
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