Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Does Your Spiritual Relationship...

...with God hinge on "Christmas", "X-Mas", "Holidays"?

I've had about enough of the bitch and moan over what to call the last month of the year. Who the heck cares if you call it Christmas or Holidays? Apparently, a bunch of people find this important. But I have to ask, does someone wishing you a "Happy Holiday" make you feel less of a Christian? Is the attempt to not offend become such a hindrence to your spirit that your relationship with God is deminished?

We live in a diverse society folks! Just by looking at me, you can't tell if I'm Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Pagan, Agnostic or Athiest. And I'd bet you don't "look like a..." either!

And for those who read this regularly and may be asking "Whoa! Where did this come from? She's usually a pretty light read!" I'll tell you! I watched a perfectly polite person wishing someone a "Happy Holiday" get their ass chewed out because they did not wish them a "Merry Christmas"! And it completely bummed out the perfectly polite person. THAT SUCKS!

So, before I get back to the lighter side of writing...Happy Frickin' Holidays!


Anonymous Audra said...

This was Nelson Mandela's inaugural speech in '94, but it was originally written by Marianne Williamson.

"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small doesn't serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you.
We are all meant to shine, as children do.
We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us.
It's not just in some of us, it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

2:03 PM  
Blogger Neal said...

We were having exactly this conversation the other day at work. As a multi-national corporation, our work cards do not, as you might expect, say anything about a specific festival, and as a result they come across as feeble and insincere (and they even make the politically correct "mistake" of mentioning New Year). Someone commented on a quote they had once heard on the subject which went something like the following: "The insult doesn't lie in being wished a Happy Christmas. It lies in the fact that someone thinks we might actually be insulted by being wished a Happy Christmas."

So, since my chosen festival is Christmas, I'd like to wish you all a Happy Christmas. And if someone feels like celebrating their festival to me, then I'm more than happy, and not the least bit insulted! :-)

12:30 AM  
Blogger SafeTinspector said...

THats hilarious!
A "Christian" intentionally made someone feel bad for not saying "Christmas". How Christian is THAT?
That is SO awesome! hahahahaha!

4:43 AM  

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