Sunday, December 5, 2010

In Search of Some Holiday Cheer

I think most of you reading this will understand, though possibly may not agree with, what I'm about to say.


Yep, I said that dreaded PC/non-PC phrase.  And why shouldn't I?  I've been saying it for far longer than the idea of being politically correct has existed.  Why I say it goes back to fourth grade, when my class did a project studying different religions.  We visited a Catholic church and a Buddhist temple.  The other fourth grade classes visited other places of worship, and then we shared what we learned. 

What is it about being nine and suddenly understanding in a big way that there are other people, with vastly different ideas and customs than your own in the world?  That was the year I understood that while Christmas was what the majority of the people around me celebrated, there were still many of people right there in my community who celebrated other traditions.  I made a conscious decision to recognize that fact by wishing people Happy Holidays as a way to acknowledge and respect others.  

Twenty-five years later, I don't describe myself as being aligned with any one religion.  Seems to me that most teachings include practical concepts for living a 'better' life, but very little about bigotry, narrow-mindedness and just being rude.  I don't want to be boxed into any religion if it means I can't acknowledge all traditions with a non-denominational greeting.

And as for those people who have said to my face that I'm unpatriotic, anti-Christian, etc., the nine-year-old in my really just wants to stick out her tongue.  I know better and I'm not going to let anyone take it away from me.

And now for a non-denominational, wintery scene of Riley playing in the snow.


Sharon said...

It doesn't matter to me what people celebrate, as long as we have plenty of good craic while we're doing it.

Hovawart said...

A good dog is the best religious person there is--he knows all about joy and simplicity and faithfulness and love!