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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Merry Christmas EVERYONE!

It’s The Best Celebration Ever
 a re-run from December 2013

I agree it is over commercialized and the religious significance of the day is often lost, but hands down, Christmas is the best Holiday Celebration ever!


Jews have their gift giving during Chanukah, and they have some really great feasts, but do they have a celebration to equal Christmas?


Chinese New Year’s has colors, costumes, and fireworks galore.  It looks like fun, but it is not Christmas.


I am clearly not an expert in other customs and celebrations, but it seems to me that most involve sacrifice.  I see a lot of fasting, staying inside, beating yourself with chains and other stuff.  Sacrifice is fine, I imagine God appreciates the sentiment, but there is no other holiday like Christmas. 


What other holiday has children counting down the days for a month?  What other holiday covers homes and streets with bright flickering lights?  What other holiday just makes people feel good, has them smiling, and has strangers speaking to strangers? What other holiday has the traditions: Santa, reindeer, decorating a tree, mistletoe, stockings, elves, cookies, candy canes, a huge dinner and GIVING AND RECEIVING PRESENTS?


Christmas brings families together like no other holiday, plus,


YOU GIVE AND RECEIVE PRESENTS!


I understand that Christmas is a Christian holiday, but it is such a good time, such a great celebration, so much fun, I think everyone should celebrate the season.


You don’t believe in Jesus?  Fine, but you gotta like lights, and peace and love and GIVING AND RECEIVING PRESENTS!


You don’t accept Christ?  You don’t worship any higher power? Fine, but everyone can celebrate the ideals of Christ. Who wouldn’t celebrate the idea of peace and love and goodwill toward men?  Do unto others is a sound aspiration regardless of if or how you worship.


So I say to everyone, Jew, Muslim, Hindi, Atheist…whatever, join in the celebration, do not be left out, it is the most wonderful time of the year, it is the best celebration ever, and YOU GIVE AND GET PRESENTS!!


To me “Merry Christmas” represents more than the birth of Christ, it represents all that Christ stands for to Christians, ideals that do not conflict with any religious teachings I’ve ever heard of, ideals that all people could get behind and thus Christmas can be for everyone.


You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  

You don’t have to be Mexican to enjoy a Cinco de Mayo drink or three. 


Why do you have to be Christian to enjoy Christmas?


So please, if you are not Christian, do not be offended when I wish you Merry Christmas, you don’t have to be Christian to enjoy Christmas!


Merry Christmas EVERYONE!

16 comments:

  1. I am not Christian, but MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU & YOURS!!

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  2. Merry Christmas to you and your family joeh!

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  3. Amen and a Merry Christmas to you!

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  4. Merry Christmas my friend.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  5. And the happiness of the season to you,too.

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  6. If Christmas can sap the "Cranky" out of the Cranky Old Man, then it truly is a special holiday. Merry Christmas, my friend.

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  7. How refreshing to have someone just put it all out there the way you did! So tired of nervous ninnies worried about having "offended" anyone after speaking what's just plain old common sense!
    Merry Christmas to you and Mrs. Cranky!

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  8. Merry Christmas to you and yours Cranky. Hope you give and get lots of presents.

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  9. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Enjoy the gift giving !

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  10. Merry Giftsmas--I mean Christmas!

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  11. You brought up great points with celebrating Christmas, Christian or not. I hope you and yours, however you celebrate it have a Merry Christmas with lots of wonderful times and memories together!

    betty

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  12. Everyone should love Christmas! Religious belief has nothing to do with it! :)
    It's about family and friends and love and goodwill and a truce between the trenches. And lights, colours, sparkly things and presents!
    Merry Christmas to all!

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  13. Merry Christmas...but as a bit of a scrooge, there is nothing wrong with a little scrifice. ;-)

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