Ahh, a season to rejoice and reflect. That time of year we all come together and see everything eye-to-eye and we’re all on the same path at a happy skipping pace!
Yes the Holidays are upon us. For some of us they’re already here -- so to you folks, I wish you a very Happy Hanukkah. For the rest of us, we’ve got our eyes set of the fatman coming. Yes the triumvirate return of that fictional to some and non-fictional to others -- yup, I’m talking about the birth of our savior -- Santa Claus!
Of course that’s just my sarcastic way of saying we’ve kind of gotten away from what Christmas is supposed to mean.
For those of us on Facebook, we’ve already had to endure the graphic "I’m Keeping the ‘Christ’ in Christmas Š who’s with me?" Yes, because nothing captures the true meaning of the holidays like religious intolerance. Let me grab another sugar plum and embrace the ignorance. I just love this time of the year with all these warm sentiments being passed around. Those sentiments that divide us like politics leave us unable and uncaring to recognize that people celebrate in different ways. Hell, I’ve even done it myself by not including Kwanzaa -- but hey that doesn’t start until after the motherload of holidays Š Christmas (so I should be in the clear).
I can’t wait to grab my first mulled cider and have that "Happy Holidays vs. Merry Christmas " conversation. It’s my holiday favorite. I look forward to it as much as the day after winning a jalapeno eating contest! Opps, there I go again, no love for those who recognize Saint Nicholas Day or Los Posadas (not to be confused with Jorge Posada the retired Yankee Catcher). I love those who make their argument with defiance in their voice: "It’s Merry Christmas, don’t expect me to say anything else." To which I reply, "Ummm, OK ... how about a cup of chamomile tea, or at least sit down until that vein in your forehead goes down." Having said that: If someone says Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa or whatever, you should just accept it in the spirit for which it’s meant and that truly is in the spirit of the season. That person is most likely not trying to rattle your wreath or break your dradle, they’re trying to wish you well.
But it’s not just people that don’t recognize they way others celebrate the holidays. My computer is ignorant, too! Anytime I type anything that isn’t associated with Christmas, my spell checker underlines it as incorrect. With the exception of Chanukah, Hanukah, Hanukkah ... it would appear that all 17 different ways to spell that are in there. So, if you want to make an argument talk about all the ways to spell Hanukkah.
Before you get too attached to that idea, let me offer the age old question: Xmas or Christmas?
Anyway, where was I Š Oh yeah, the true spirit of the holidays -- or as I like to call it, power in numbers holidays. Yes, the folks that celebrate Christmas far out number all others with holiday commerce and at the end of the day it’s what drives the sleigh, if you will.
Here’s a fact: It doesn’t mean other people’s beliefs don’t exist. Even in my own home a Menorah burns for eight nights during the festival of lights (Hanukkah) and soon it will burn with the back drop of a Christmas tree -- so Merry Christmakkah!
It’s the holidays; we’re approaching the end of the year, a time where we are all looking forward to what a new year could bring. If it was a bad year obviously you’re looking forward to a bright and happy 2013. If it was good year then you’re looking forward to carrying it forward into 2013. Any way you slice it, it’s a time for good tidings, so let’s act that way.
But at least we can all agree on one thing: Jan. 1 is the first day of the New Year ... unless you’re Chinese! What the hell is up with that?