Life’s all about balance and civility. I’m not going to wish anyone Happy Holidays, but I’m also not going to freak out or be at all offended if someone celebrates a different holiday than I do. Peace to all. Here’s what I mean.
I heartily approve of religious tolerance, but political correctness garbage can get way out of hand. It’s Christmas for me and others. It’s a variety of other holidays for other religions, and maybe some don’t have a holiday around midwinter. Peace to all. Whoever or however people want to worship is their choice, and I don’t judge. As long as people aren’t hurting anybody, then whatever they want to do doesn’t bother me.
But avoiding saying “Merry Christmas” just because someone might celebrate a different holiday is just plain silly. Surely anyone’s beliefs can handle “Merry Christmas”. At the same time, if I go around wishing people “Merry Christmas”, then I need to be able to handle it if someone says he or she practices a different faith. And my faith can take it if someone wishes me something from a different faith. Or even if someone tells me “Bah! Humbug!” or steals all the trees in Whoville, for that matter. A great thing to hope for is “Peace on earth, goodwill toward men.” A good way to close is with, “Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.”
Whatever you believe or celebrate, peace to all.
P.S If you wish to check your answers for today’s references… 🙂
1 “Bah Humbug” = Scrooge in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
2 Whoville = the town in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas
3 “Peace on earth, goodwill toward men.” = Luke 2:14, the Annuciation to the Shepherds, and lots of carols
4 “Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night.” = “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Clement Clarke Moore