|Our small nod to the season,|
It's hard to believe, but Christmas is almost here and another year is ready to close. The decorations are popping up everywhere here and we've even put up a few ourselves.
It's been a tough year, at least from the world's perspective. Hate has reared its ugly head and fear has blossomed, but perhaps at this time, we can pause and reflect on the good of man, of our kindness and generosity of spirit.
For Christians, it's a time to reflect on the message of love that was brought to the world by the Son of God. For Jews, Hanukkah is the celebration of light, which for me is always a symbol of hope. Eid (already well passed and celebrated by our Muslim brethren) heralds the end of the most religious time of year; Ramadan and is a celebration of gratefulness to God. Other traditions follow a similar pattern, like Kwanzaa and Saturnalia (or dare I say...Festivus, Daniel O'Keefe and Seinfeld fans?), Diwali, Bohdi Day, Sadeh, and, of course, Yule.
All these suggest, at least to me, that we celebrate lightness over darkness, practice gratitude and are not really all that different. What we do exactly, might vary, but underneath we all want the same thing, more or less.
So without regret, I wish you all happy holidays, not because I want to take Christ out of Christmas (nothing irritates me more than 'X-mas"), but because I also want to embrace your belief system is and while I'm most likely to say Merry Christmas, it's just my way of saying "I wish you well and hope that whatever your God is called (or not, as the case may be) that you live in light and have a blessed and joyous season."