Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Always BELIEVE....

Happy Holidays!!! I love, love, love this time of year....the decorations, the yummy baked goods, the presents, the joy of giving (and the thrill of receiving). I revel in it, and am thankful for it, all through the season.

I have had more than a few friends express their distaste of the phrases "Happy Holidays" and "Seasons Greetings." Seems they feel that "Merry Christmas" is the ONLY thing to say to one another in this season of wonder and joy. And that makes me sad....sad that they do not fully understand or embrace the season....that they choose to be EXclusive in their celebration rather than INclusive. This season encompasses way too many beliefs and traditions from way too many cultures to narrow it down to just one. The rather tired phrase "...the reason for the season" gets trotted out a lot this time of year. But what so many don't seem to understand is that there are so very, very many reasons for the season, and to narrow it down to just one is to do them all a grave injustice.

And really, it doesn't matter what your personal belief in "the reason for the season" at all. What matters is that you DO believe, whatever that means to you, with your whole heart, and that you always allow every other person to believe in their personal "reason for the season" as well. I believe in the magic of this season, and I always will.....

So, little ones, whatever your beliefs in this wonderful season of joy, embrace them, celebrate them, and do acknowledge the validity of the beliefs of others. For there is not just ONE reason to believe.....