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Saturday, December 10, 2011

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I found a message on Facebook this morning that kind of jarred me a bit. I want to know WHY some people believe that this time of year is EXCLUSIVELY theirs? My extended cousin posted the following comment:

"I'm inviting all my Facebook family and friends to join me in returning to the traditional greeting of "Merry Christmas" instead of the politically correct "Happy Holidays". If you agree with me, please re-post this message. Merry Christmas!

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First of all, I was born into a Catholic family, in 1946 so grew up in the '50's & '60's, yet we ALL greeted people with "HAPPY HOLIDAYS". Not being taught about any other holidays or religions at that time, this greeting was meant to include the New Year holiday. As an adult, learning about so many other religious and spiritual beliefs, and because my beliefs have changed over the years, I just HAD to shake things up, just a bit. I wanted to be more inclusive & tolerant of others who also celebrate this time of year,
Below is how I changed HIS comment to better suit MY beliefs. I wish to extend this heartfelt greeting to all my Spark Family, as well; however, you do NOT need to repost the message. If you so choose to post it on Facebook or anywhere else for that matter, feel free to take it as your own.
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"I'm inviting all my Facebook family and friends to join me to wish everyone a SEASON'S Greeting in whichever way you so choose. There are numerous DIFFERENT, yet similar, holidays people celebrate in DIFFERENT ways during this festive time of year, Christmas, Winter Solstice, Yule, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Bodhi Day, Modranect, Pancha Ganapati, Yalda, Saturnalia, Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, Koleda, Boxing Day. Although it has become the most well known holiday, contrary to some beliefs, this season is NOT exclusive to CHRISTMAS, so if you agree, re-post this message. HAPPY HOLIDAYS & WHICHEVER WAY YOU CELEBRATE, MAY THEY BE FILLED WITH JOY & EVERLASTING PEACE!

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Much love & hugs
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    You know....we have become a rather intolerant society, overall, and I don't know why it is that people are so insistent on placing everything into their own little 'box'. I love your greeting. I keep reading and hearing about all of the 'anti-Christian' hype, etc. but in reality, it is not so much anti-Christian as it is 'anti-different'. This group subscribes to one belief system and feels downtrodden by other groups, that group feels the same way about the first group....I mean, c'mon.....we're all just plain human beings, ALL of us different, but ALL of us trying to find our own meaning behind our lives and everything else. One box does not fit all, and just because one person chooses a different 'box' from what we have chosen does not make one right and one wrong. It only makes us different, and to me, that is the whole point. Instead of always trying to hype our own particular 'box', I think we would be better served to celebrate and LEARN from the 'boxes' of other people, instead of judging them and finding them deficient because they do not subscribe to our own particular little 'box'. So I think your holiday greeting is absolutely perfect.....and I think more people should strive to become more tolerant of other peoples' beliefs and learn what they are about instead of forcing their own onto everyone around them. I also think that more damage has been done to the human race by religion than most anything else, and somehow, I don't think that was what was ever intended. We have used religion to divide us instead of unite us, and that is never right, period dot. So you go, girl! Happy holidays!
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  • DAP1313
    Love the blog and I agree with your message. I've gotten the same one about saying Merry Christmas instead of Happy Holidays. The funny thing is Jesus was born in the spring time according to experts who figured it out, and his birthday was moved to Yule time to "merge" the pagan traditions into Christian.

    I hope you have a Happy Holiday
    2683 days ago
    Season's Greetings!
    2684 days ago
    Oh Ms. Ruby you are a firecracker! And I do agree with you. I wish you a very Happy Holidays. I hope you have a beautiful and festive Yule. emoticon
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  • VICIOUS421
    I agree with you Ruby!!!!!!
    2685 days ago
    Well said, Ruby, emoticon I'm a pagan who loves Christmas, but I certainly don't assume everyone I meet celebrates the same holiday!

    How sad that some people want to turn this season of joy into a polemic, or practice exclusion rather than good will. I always want to remind the narrow-minded "Christians" that Christ's message was Love--not judgement!
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    Blessed Be, Amanda
    2686 days ago
    Ethnocentric beliefs are so tiring, aren't they. I am so glad to be able to just wish ppl a Happy Holiday!
    2686 days ago
    Merry Christmas Ruby.
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    That makes sense to me. My wishes for a happy holiday season to you, Ruby.

    Happy holidays!

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    2686 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/10/2011 11:45:33 AM
    Thank you, thank you and SEASON'S GREETINGS TO YOU.

    Love, Joy and Peace

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    2686 days ago
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