I am posting this blog again as it is just as true now as it was when we first posted it. This blog is different from most. This isn’t about reading.
It’s not about education and it’s personal, but I feel it hits home to many and I want to share it. It has to do with a mostly unnecessary controversy (in my opinion) that has started at the beginning of November in the last couple of years and now starts at the end of October on Facebook and in many emails–the controversy of how to greet people this time of year. There are those who label saying “Happy Holidays” or “Seasons Greetings” as being politically correct and want everyone to say “Merry Christmas” instead. The pontificating has bothered me, but I couldn’t put how I felt into words. A friend of mine posted the following on Facebook. With her permission, I am sharing it. Feel free to chime in.
As I glance at Facebook these days, I see so many postings objecting to the use of the term “Happy Holidays.” The word holiday comes from the Old English word hāligdæg (hālig “holy” + dæg “day”). It is a time when miracles abound. For Jews, the celebration of Hanukkah remembers the miracle of 8 days of light without oil…Christians celebrate the birth of the Christ child to a virgin mother…another miracle. Miracles unfold around us every day…if we just take the time to not…ice. This is a time we should find the reasons that cause us to be inclusive, not exclusive…a time to find common ground, not spotlight our differences. It is a season to celebrate God’s love for us all, no matter what God looks like to your neighbor. Yes, Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ, but the month has many holy days for many people. So, when someone says “Happy Holidays” to me, I know that they are acknowledging the many miracles that are celebrated at this time of year, and they are extending joy. I wish all my Facebook friends Happy Holidays. Know that I am expressing joy that the miracle that is YOU is here in my life.
I hope you all have joy with the ones you love at this special time of year, no matter what you call it and no matter how you celebrate it. We’ll be back to blogging about reading soon.