Thursday, December 24, 2015

Happy Christmas! --A Seasonal Guide

     There's been a bit less grumbling over holiday greetings this year, but for those of you who need a reminder, when someone says "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays" to you, or bids you a joyous Solstice, Happy Hanukkah, or the best Kwanzaa ever, they're wishing you well.  They're feeling the seasonal spirit and they're hoping you'll feel some touch of it, too.  They're not trying to colonize your mind.  They're not dissing your particular observance that just happens to fall on or about the day when days start getting longer again, they're feeling happy and attempting to share the joy.

     And what you do is, you wish the same right back to 'em.  No matter how dark your mood is or how unlikely you are to be burning the same kind of Yule log as your well-wisher, you pick whatever version of seasonally-appropriate good wish you like and you send 'em out to those who have expressed them to you -- and you don't whine about it, either.  People out there want you to be happy.  Go along with it, willya?

11 comments:

Farmist said...

BRAVO! Well said.

Paul Schwa said...

Happy Christmas to all!

Raz Raxxaffian said...

We all have our internal beliefs and cling to them fiercely, but in the spirit of brotherhood, goodwill and seasonal joy, I always reciprocate to holiday wishes, whatever the form.

My physician, who is Buddhist, exchanged Merry Christmas wishes just yesterday. I asked him if this caused any mental disconnect for him, and he replied 'No, my wife is Catholic."

Fuzzy Curmudgeon said...

We all have our internal beliefs and cling to them fiercely, but in the spirit of brotherhood, goodwill and seasonal joy, I always reciprocate to holiday wishes, whatever the form.

This.

I've long been of the opinion that anyone who makes a fuss over such a greeting isn't fully human. As a Jew in a world of Christians, I've always figured, "When in Rome..."

rickn8or said...

Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthful and Prosperous New Year to you and Tam and the cats, as well as all the commenters here.

pigpen51 said...

Well spoken indeed. Let us all decide to let each other be just plain people this next year, with all of our foibles and strengths, for that is what makes us a great country.

Educated Savage said...

Amen.

Educated Savage said...

Amen.

Old NFO said...

Merry Christmas to you and yours! :-)

Mark said...

Love your blog, this is why.
Merry Christmas, Bobbi!

armedlaughing said...

Merry Christmas, Bobbi!
(to your roomie, too!) :-)

gfa