As I’m about getting ready to send my annual holiday message it occurs to me, it’s 2020. We need to take a good look although there’s been heartache and pain there is still a lot to celebrate even if we need to make an effort to find those reasons. I think it’s the year to celebrate as many holidays as possible.
I posted this first around 10 years ago. A friend suggested I post it annually. A few years later I added the “half way out of the dark” and began posting on Solstice. Share and enjoy!
As a New Yorker I have been wished the following as some point or another:
- Happy Hanukkah
- Joyous Kwanzaa
- An Easy Fast at Yom Kippur
- A Blessed Ramadan
- Solstice Wishes
- Happy Yule
.... among many others
When I'm offered these wishes my answer is a simple, "Thank You, and the same to you". Unless the person is a close friend, I don't try and point out that these are not my holidays. I assume that the person is offering me positive wishes of joy, peace and happiness. Why would I want to offend the wisher or want them to believe that they are not welcome? I don't know about you but I'm a rather flawed human being and could use all the blessings, peace and positive wishes I can get.
So, over the next week or so, if I wish you a Merry Christmas, please understand that I am wishing you Joy and Peace, Serenity and Happiness. Please do not be offended by my wishes if I don't realize you are not celebrating Christmas, it is not my intention to offend.
Let me say to all: No matter what you celebrate may it be the Merriest, Happiest, most Joyous and Blessed one yet. I also wish that the ones to come outshine this year's holidays.
And to a certain group of my friends (you know who you are): Well Done! Half way out of the dark.