In the past few years, the tradition in that meting pot of diversity that is New York City seems to be to say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas. At my campus job in college, I had my first experience receiving Holiday cards instead of Christmas cards. You see, Happy Holidays is non-religious and it’s used to cater to those who don’t believe in Jesus Christ and who celebrate something other than Christmas. Hmmm. Okay, I don’t think anyone should be forced to participate in anything they don’t believe in, especially if that thing is a religious celebration. But the flip side is that I shouldn’t be forced to forgo the meaning of my celebration because you don’t believe. Christ-mas is more than just a holiday.
I respect other people but I still wish people Merry Christmas because I am HAPPY that Jesus Christ came to this world and lived an exemplary life and died for my sins and is coming back to redeem all who believe in him. And if you don’t feel comfortable with Christmas, you can return my greeting with “Happy Kwanzaa”, “Happy Hannukah”, “Happy Holidays” or “Bah, humbug” if that’s what you’re feeling. Don’t feel you have to say Christ-mas if you don’t believe.
But in Jamaica, everyone says Merry Christmas, or they did when I was a kid. Even the drunk men stumbling home after they just finished celebrating with one too many bottles of rum. Even they said Merry Christmas. When you call my house on Christmas, my Mom and Dad say Merry Christmas before they say hello. It doesn’t matter who’s calling, they want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. And most other people do that too.
If I could bring back one tradition, it would be more believers saying Merry Christmas.
Last week, I started this blogging challenge and I’ve fallen behind. I have all the posts to finalize and post to make it up. My little rant/rave here is really about Day 6 and Day 8 so let’s just say it’s for both days (I’m writing my own rules over here)
Meanwhile, though, I’m inviting 3 more people to participate the Christmas blogging challenge – start anytime you like. Today, these 3 bloggers are nominated:-
Bloggers, your assignment if you choose to accept it is to:
- Include the photo in each blog post to explain the challenge
- You may start at any point in December
- Use the topic supplied for the post of that day
- Make sure all posts are in December, but they don’t have to be posted consecutively (lets face it it’s a busy time)
- Nominate 3 people after each blog to start the challenge
- Have fun!
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