Seasonal Confusion

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Posted by Marsha | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 27-11-2011

From time to time I read on Facebook or see on a blog that people are getting upset because they think they are supposed to greet people with a different holiday greeting.  They even get irate and threaten to send imigrants home if they do not conform to the way we greet others here!  I have a question for all those people who are up in arms.  Are you doing anything different than you say they are doing?  Better yet, why on earth would you let anyone tell you what to do or say?  With that last question in mind, why would you try to tell anyone else what to do or say?  That kind of brings you down to that level doesn’t it?

Several years ago people were severely threatened by any one who were a different color.  We got past that.  Not so very long ago people were very threatened by someone with a different sexual preference.  We got past that too.  Now people are all in a huff if they think they should be more politically correct and say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah.   Let me remind everyone that it is not people of different religions that say ” You’re supposed to say Happy Holidays.”   It’s the yes men/women of the world that try to keep everything smoothed over.  That just isn’t possible.  The people that prefer you to say “Happy Holidays” are merely trying to please everyone and in doing so may be inadvertently making things worse. They mean well, but that simply cannot work.   No, the people that are committed to different religions will tell you Happy Hanukkah with a sincere smile and truly mean to wish you well.

My personal spiritual beliefs are not threatened if someone comes up to me and tells me Happy Quanzaa or Happy Hanukkah.  My response to them would be to say, “Aww, Thank you” because I would not suspect that this was done with malice nor an  intent to convert me but simply done to wish me peace and happiness.

Our culture has truly come so far!  We have gotten past racism, and prejudices of many kinds.  I do know that there are always exceptions, but as a whole we have learned to accept many differences.  When are we going to learn not to hate?  Love your fellow man and all his differences, isn’t that part of what religion teaches us?  I guess my question is, are you secure enough in your religious beliefs not to feel threatened if someone asks you to say, “Happy Holidays?”

No one has ever said that to me,  but if they do I will simply smile and say,

“Merry Christmas to you “.

 

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