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!