In yesterday’s post I blamed everyone who reads my blog(all 10 of you) for not giving me something to write about. One person responded with an idea – my thoughts on Christmas season starting on or before November 11. Here we go:
This might come as a shock to all of you, but I am a bit of a complainer. Given that shocking news, I’m sure at one point I have complained about Christmas music being on the radio or Christmas displays being up in stores too early. I might have actually meant it. If I did, my mind has changed since then.
Maybe I’m getting more sentimental in my old age. Maybe I just look forward to a week off from work. Maybe I look more forward to a week away from real life every year. Whatever the reason(maybe a combination of them all) I am more excited for Christmas every year. This year we got a taste of Christmas when we traveled to Manila. They were already playing Christmas music and had decorations up at the mall. It didn’t annoy me as it did my daughter. I liked the taste of one of my favorite times of the year. I’m ready for Christmas music, Christmas movies and traveling to Kentucky to see family..
I know that people enjoy Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is not as big a deal for me as it is for a lot of people. We don’t travel. No one travels to see us. I make people watch the parade while they complain that it is boring, the four of us eat together, I make them watch football, and then I go back to work the next day. It’s nice to have the day off to spend with my family, but it’s not Christmas.
I likely won’t post on here again until my regular Year in Books post on January 1 and possibly a general Year in Review post as well. Anyway, my gift to you is that you get a break from me begging you to read my posts. You’re welcome.
I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season celebrating whatever and however you celebrate either alone or with family and/or friends. How’s that for a safe, I think I covered everyone holiday greeting?
See you next year!(Don’t you hate when people say that?)
But the topic of this post is something that really bothers me and I decided not to keep quiet. I am appalled that the same people who are all over the internet loudly proclaiming that they are being persecuted because people are saying Happy Holidays are the same people who don’t understand why people are so worked up over police killing unarmed men and the US torturing people. I will loudly proclaim my Christianity and show how Christian I am by demanding that everyone recognize my personal religion by greeting me only with my personal preference during the holiday season. Human life and dignity? Meh. What’s the big deal? They probably deserved it and even if they didn’t, doesn’t mean anything to me personally. Why do I care if some criminal is dead? Someone wished me a Happy Hanukah! That’s what matters! Why do I care if some mooslim from another country was tortured? They probably hated America, so they get what they deserve. What really matters is that all the gift cards in the stores say Happy Holidays. I’m being persecuted! It’s about time we started talking about what’s important! Where’s the CNN expose on the use of generic holiday greetings? After all, isn’t Christianity all about that and not loving other people? Oh, wait…
Every year around this time my Facebook gets flooded with competing complaints about holiday greetings. Seems people are offended no matter what you say. Merry Christmas? I’m offended because I am not a Christian. Happy Holidays? I’m offended because I am a Christian. Happy Hanukkah? I’m offended because I am not Jewish. Happy Kwanzaa? I’m offended even though(or because) I likely have no clue what Kwanzaa is. Someone is likely offended already because I forgot to mention a holiday. I don’t get all of the hand wringing over this.
If you celebrate Christmas, say Merry Christmas. If you celebrate Hanukkah, say Happy Hanukkah. If you celebrate Kwanzaa, say Happy Kwanzaa. If you feel like you want to be all-inclusive in your greeting say Happy Holidays. I won’t be offended in any case. If you are offended because someone is trying to be nice by wishing you a happy holiday and they don’t say the “right” one or just by the fact that they celebrate a different holiday than you that is your problem, not theirs. Life is not all about you. The sooner you realize this the happier you will be.
I want to take a moment to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
I would recommend taking a break from the stress of shopping, baking and whatever you are doing to remember the reason we celebrate.
Take the time to read the story of the birth of Jesus with your family. Watch the cheesy Christmas shows with the kids. Take the time on Christmas morning to bask in a child’s joy in seeing the gifts under the tree. Enjoy time spent with loved ones.
There will be plenty of time for stress when the day is over and real life starts again.