**I wrote this over the weekend and will preface it with the proviso that it is not intended to insult or offend. Me blowing off steam. But I felt it needed to be posted. Please also check this blog post I stumbled on this morning – http://www.foodgoodlaundrybad.com/2011/12/shut-up-you-fat-bag-of-snot.html
Holidays. Seems to be a bad word lately. And the argument over the “proper” way to address others during this time of year threatens to make me into a Grinch. It was very tempting to not decorate. It has been a while since I’ve really been in the mood for Christmas because of these arguments.
I spent my formative years in an area of the country where people observed numerous religious celebrations and it was not always apparent which one that may be. Christmas, Chanukah, Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa, Hogmanay or whatever else that happens in December. Yet, for some reason, people insist on everyone saying Merry Christmas.
If a person celebrates this Christian holiday, more power to them. What bothers me is that people seem to be losing sight of the fact that we live in the most diverse country in the world. And we should celebrate that diversity. Not ridicule it. Wasn’t our country founded on the principle of freedom of religion? Yet, we find ourselves on the brink of repeating history. Granted, Christians make up anywhere from 76% to 83% of the country, depending on what study you read. Not 100%. Even within any given religion, there are subtle differences as to how and what people celebrate or recognize.
I’ve met Christians that go full out with the trees, the lights, the Santa and reindeer decorations. And I’ve met some who refuse to put them up, no matter how ingrained they are in our society, because of their Pagan origins. Which is fine. For me, it’s a shame more people don’t know the origin of the traditions celebrated by not only their own religion, but others as well. So many of them are interconnected or have been passed down or shared.
This year, for the sake of my hubby, I am fighting being a Scrooge and have finished my holiday decorating along with my shopping. Plus, where would I put the wrapped gifts until I pass them out?
All I ask is that people research, ask and try to find out where our traditions come from before condemning the choices of others. After all, aren’t Christians celebrating the birth of a Jew who lived among Pagans? To me, it seems the season has always been diverse. Celebrate that vast wealth. Revel in it, as it is part of the season so many are celebrating. And as Evin says in the link I added above, if someone says Happy Holidays, say thank you. They made an effort to be nice to a stranger.