It is that time of year again. The most wonderful time of year. I love Christmas.
There are so many posts about saying Merry Christmas and not saying it too. Social media gives a voice to people’s opinions. The opinions have always been there. People haven’t changed that much, but the publication of opinion has. There have always been people who disagree about politics, religion, parenting and education. The difference now is that people feel that the whole world is entitled to their opinions and some believe that all should share them. Not true. Just because you say it or write it, doesn’t mean others need to get behind you.
I believe that in days gone by a difference of opinion may have led to a conversation or debate. Perhaps an exploration of facts and meanings. Today, people fly off the handle feeling a personal attack when someone disagrees. It’s okay to think and feel differently. People make the world go round… all kinds of different people.
This season reminds us of how different we are, but what I want to point out, is how similar we are. Regardless of religion, race, sexual orientation and upbringing, we are all people. We have families. We have beliefs and faith. We hurt and we love. We cry and celebrate.
There are many celebrations this time of year. I am not an expert in world religion, but I have learned enough to know that all the celebrations of spirituality share the same messages. We all celebrate love, family and light. Bring hope and be together. Does it matter if it is Kwanzaa or Christmas? I don’t wish for others to water down their greetings and diminish the importance of the messages of each spiritual celebration. We should be welcoming to learn about what other families celebrate and share the greeting with each other. Saying Merry Christmas, doesn’t mean I think your family needs to celebrate my religion, it means “I wish you all the best things that this time of year has to offer; friendship, faith and happiness”.