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!
MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM MY HOUSE TO YOUR HOUSE ...."
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.
"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!
MERRY YULE FROM MY HOUSE TO YOUR HOUSE ...."
Much love & hugs