Are you unsure if you’re being an @ssbag by wishing someone a Merry Christmas? You’re not alone. Read on.
The holidays are upon us. Actually, at this point they’re right up in our faces. So how do we celebrate this time of year when we’re not sure what joy we can and can’t share? If you’ve logged onto Facebook lately, I’m sure you’ve seen posts about saying “Happy Holidays” to include all. I personally keep my friend group rather small, so my feed is limited. But, these are the 2 I did see: The first explained why they say “Happy Holidays” – that there are twenty-something holidays being celebrated, and they don’t think theirs is the only one. The other post said something to the tune of – I never said you couldn’t say Merry Christmas. Technically, true. But, if this is the information that is being sucked into your brain, obviously you’re going to have to do some thinking on your own, because apparently Facebook memes aren’t keeping up with each other.
So, I was wondering if this is a new thing, this War on Christmas. GOTCHA! I just had to say that because I saw some discussion on this between friends and was like what the holy s#@t is that about? Sure was pissing people off, though. I started to put together some stuff in my head. You know when you get in an argument about something really important to you with a spouse, family member, or friend and you just can’t see eye to eye? So the next time ANYTHING comes up you’re ready to battle? It may just be me (Not!), but it seems there’s been a little discourse lately on social media, in offices, and maybe at home, that has some people feeling sour towards their loved ones. Is there any chance that we’ve gotten to a point that we feel like we’re constantly being challenged, provoked to argue? Is there any chance that things are said and meant to be respectful, but people are ready to be offended? Let me clear that one up. Take the first post I saw. They may not have intended to start an argument. But, if you’re feeling like you’re being attacked lately, maybe it has you ready to jump to defend yourself. Maybe it’s still okay to say Merry Christmas, and we’re taking it all wrong.
FROM WHO? Who are we taking this information from? We’re becoming a society who is making decisions, and sometimes shaping our values, based on content of social media. I am a true believer in being informed before speaking your mind, or admitting, like I do, that most of the time I don’t know jack-shit about anything but kids lately, or whatever your reason may be for not being informed. So why in the name of f@*# are we relying so much on Facebook posts? Just my thoughts on it.
But, that still doesn’t settle whether or not you should or shouldn’t wish people a Merry Christmas, now that it’s been brought up. Or if you should feel guilty if you do or not. So, let’s not make this post a discussion on political correctness. I think many would agree that that’s gone so far it has people losing sight of the truly offensive areas that need to be addressed, with an almost auto reaction to balk at anything that falls into the realm of PC. How about we introduce empathy into this situation? If you read my post about Teaching Empathy to Kids, you know that’s a big deal to me. Let me put my Christian @ss into some Jewish shoes, for instance. My ex-husband was Jewish. Sort of. Long story, but it has to do with him not officially converting when his mother married a Jewish man and converted, but still telling people he was Jewish because he actually thought that meant he would be rich and powerful. He was a treat. I did mention he was my ex, right? So anyway, we would celebrate Hanukkah with his family. His family would celebrate Christmas with the rest of the family that was Christian. It all seemed to make sense, nobody was offended, they just celebrated together. So I’m just seeing people enjoying another’s time of celebration.
Does that make it too simple? Let me say it like this. I want to know about you. As an individual, not as one of the masses. Not lumped into a category or box. I don’t believe a world that is full of the same old robots can ever find a way to care about each other. So, we need to know what speaks to each others souls if we can show compassion abundantly. And what better way to approach that than religion – the thing at the center of what makes a lot of people who they are. But, we don’t wear tags that tells strangers what our religion is. I’d like to point out here that I am not an idiot, although I do play one in real life 🙂 , and realize that some have to fear persecution if they walked around shouting about their religion. Totally understandable (not the persecution part – there’s some things I’ll never understand). But, for the rest of you, if you would greet me with the delight of your holiday, then I know what to say back to you, and we have just shared a moment of joy that is becoming too rare.
So please, this holiday season, if you see me on the street (not working it, although I could use some extra money for Christmas) please smile, wave, and shout out the holiday that is making you happy right now. I will be more than overjoyed to say Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Festivus (you may need to look that one up 😉 ), or any of the other 20 something holidays being celebrated. And add in a Happy New Year, because DAMN we need to get the f@*# out of 2016!
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