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Getting in The Spirit

I dunno 'bout you, but...last year, I was a Scrooge.

It was all "Bah-humbug" and crabbiness,

Hustling and bustling, on a mission to just "git 'er done".

I didn't get into the Christmas spirit at. all. last year.

And I knew it, I saw it in myself, and it just made it worse!

So, this year...I've already decided...I'm focusing on the "Reason for the Season" and not so much on the "materialism" of the season.

Baby Jesus' Birthday is why we celebrate my most favorite holiday of all!!

So, bring on the music, the candles, the movies, the warm fuzzies, and the reminders of why we celebrate!!

Mama's gettin' in the spirit!!

A couple of years ago, I decided that I was no longer going to respond "Happy Holidays" to someone who wished me "Happy Holidays"...so, me, being the rebellious rogue that I am (*snort*), began saying "Merry Christmas".

And, the response I got was awesome...cashiers would lift their exhausted eyes from their registers and actually looked at me...and then thank me, for saying "Merry Christmas"!!

Once, I was privy to a rebellious rogue cashier who, although she had been instructed otherwise, was saying "Merry Christmas" to those in her line!

It felt good...it feels good.

I don't do this to exclude or to make people feel uncomfortable or uneasy...not at all!!! I am a tolerant and understanding person, which is why I guess I believe people should be understanding of my beliefs.

I'm not asking people to agree with my beliefs or to change their own religious beliefs.

I mean, I don't say boo to my Muslim patients who come to the Catholic hospital where I work and take the crosses off the wall...surely we can be tolerant of one another's beliefs, no?

And, with that said...if I know someone is Jewish, I'll cheerily wish them a "Happy Hanukkah!"...or, to those that are Muslim, I'd gladly say "Happy Ramadan!!" to them, and to those that celebrate Kwanzaa..."Merry Kwanzaa, to you!!"

So, yes...a general "Happy Holidays" covers them all...but, if you see me on the street, wish me a "Merry Christmas"!!!

Because I hope y'all have a:

Merry Christmas!

Happy Hanukkah!

Happy Kwanzaa!!

Happy Ramadan!


Comments

  1. I agree with you! But right now we should be saying "Eid Mubarak" to our Muslim friends.
    But next year do we just forget them? Ramadan will be in August next year and Eid will be in October (This holiday moves up around 2 weeks a year).
    I am loving to red, white and green lights put up here in Saudi for Eid (it is time for the hajj), puts me in the mood to put up my christmas tree this weekend!
    I used to get glared at during the holiday season for telling customers Merry Christmas while checking their items out.

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  2. When I see you in a couple of weeks..Merry Christmas it will be..;-)

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  3. MERRY CHRISTMAS.
    Glad you brought that up. I feel the same way and needed to get it off my chest.

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  4. Merry Christmas to you! I was sad when I found out that the White House won't be having any red or green lights this year because it has to do with Christianity :(. Great Post!

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  5. I totally felt that way last year too. I guess it was the stress of having to do Christmas with a colicky seven month old and a fiesty two year old along with working a ton of hours.

    This year, like you, I've decided to relax and enjoy it more and to focus on the REAL reason for the season - Jesus.

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  6. YAY for Merry Christmas! Underneathg all of the commercialism, We DO celebrate this time of year because of Jesus' birth so why pretend we don't? So I say Amen to saying Merry Christmas!

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  7. I totally agree with you! If I have to put up with their beliefs, they should have to put up with mine!

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  8. I'm having a very hard time finding the spirit this year. I dubbed myself a scrooge in my post a few days ago.

    I'm going to try very hard to focus on the 'reason for the season.'

    Great post.

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  9. I actually have a pin that I wear that says "It's okay to say Merry Christmas!" So many people these days shun away from it. But gosh darn it, it's Christmas!! You go girl!

    ~Emily

    www.norrisintexas.blogspot.com

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  10. Merry Christmas to you, my friend.

    Great post as always!

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  11. I am with you on responding with "Merry Christmas!"

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  12. I completely agree! There's a popular song in the Christian world right now basically saying the same thing :) Merry Christmas!

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