Growing up in a Catholic family, in the 1950's and 1960's, we were taught to say, "Happy Holidays", as well as "Merry Christmas," because, my Mom said, it was including all the holidays my family celebrated, Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year. I have carried this tradition with me for 66 years, except that now, I choose for myself, and although my spiritual beliefs have changed, my love for humanity and all things living, has not, so you may hear me wish someone Happy Holidays, or Merry Christmas, but because of my own spiritual beliefs, you're more likely hear me wish you a Happy Yule, or a Merry or Blessed Solstice. If you say, "Thank you, but I'm Jewish." I will then wish you a Happy Chanukah
Why should it matter, which words we use to extend good wishes during the holidays. as long as we are sincere and genuine in our greetings? Why should it matter if we celebrate Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Yuletide or any of a number of holidays that fall within the same time frame?
Knowing the cause of many wars has been due to religious differences, it behooves me that humanity has yet to put their differences aside and embrace each other for what we are and not shun or cause grief because we are different. Isn't it about time, we lovingly embrace those differences.
Why should it matter if we call the tree a Christmas Tree, or a Chanukah Bush, or a Holiday Tree? It's purpose is to bring some joy into the lives of everyone who is fortunate enough to see it. It's not meant to anger people because of what it is called, nor is it meant to bring discord or unrest.
We should all be teaching our children love and acceptance, not prejudices, hatred or intolerance. I cannot speak of other religions except for Catholicism, Christianity, because I don't know about their teachings, but I know from my parochial education, we learned to love our fellow man. My present spiritual beliefs are quite similar in the way that we send love to all creatures whether human in nature or other species as well.
It is with these teachings firmly implanted, not only in my brain, but also in my heart, I wish to extend to all of you the very happiest of the holiday season. I wish you all the merriest of Christmases, the most blessed Chanukah, a very happy Kwanzaa, a Yuletide filled with merriment and good cheer, and a blessed Solstice, as we anticipate the return of the light.
Blessed be my dear friends!
In love and light,