- Holidays and Celebrations
Enjoy The Holidays - Or Don't
It seems that in recent times, someone believes that people actively engage in a war on Christmas. I see that opinion as one that simply doesn't ring true. We live in an age where people take a slight - or even a perceived slight - quite personally. We all know a lot of people don't celebrate Christmas. We can be just as sure that most non-Christians don't mind being in a place where people do celebrate the holiday, in spite of the day having no personal meaning to them. The First Amendment guarantees freedom of religion - as well as the freedom to not practice one. This leaves Americans with a lot of opinions to weigh. The atheists, for example, don't want government buildings decorated with any sort of holiday paraphernalia. Some decorations have decided that such decorations are just a suggestion, and not any sort of religious mandate. Some cities have responded by including non-Christmas celebrations, and even made attempts to accommodate atheist beliefs.
I myself learned from the example of my parents. They seldom attended church, but they knew the importance of living their faith. Religion can teach good philosophical values, and allow people a chance to bond with others in their community. In certain ways, I follow the examples I saw. I have become more spiritual than religious, but I enjoy the Christmas holiday and the chance to share cheerful moments with family and people close to me. I find it disappointing when I hear of people offended by the greeting of Merry Christmas. I think people should know better than to take Merry Christmas as an insult. When I say Merry Christmas, I am not saying the same thing as - and I am paraphrasing here - go intercourse yourself. Even though I will not fully understand a greeting like Happy Hanukkah, or the blessings associated with such occasions as Bodhi Day, Mawlid, of that all-American of holidays, Kwanzaa, I know these people of different creeds and cultures are not telling me to go screw myself. They simple have a different celebratory spirit, and I hope I've done enough to respect that here.
I am not going to fight in a war on Christmas that doesn't take away the right of anyone to celebrate Christmas. If an employer wants to be respectful of views beyond those held by many, that is their prerogative. No employer owns every moment of every person's life, for down time exists. People should be free to celebrate Christmas, another December holiday, or not celebrate any moment of the month at all. If Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays are upsetting to a person who might hear that from me or read this article, I wish for this greeting to be polite and respectful to you.
Have a nice December, and all the best in 2016.