Acknowledging Happy Holidays and differences.
Friday, December 21, 2012
There has been a debate going back and forth on facebook lately and a push to say and only acknowledge Merry Christmas. While I do only celebrate Christmas, I also am not one who is going through life with blinders on and acknowledge that others celebrate many other holidays and believes.
I am honestly quite annoyed by this debate because it only goes to show now narrow minded many of us are. Just because we life and maybe were raised in America, the United States there off does not mean our ways, or our believes are all there is. So many come here to escape all types of hardships, one being freedom of religion/believes and I think that our continued forcing of our believes on them or their compliance with our ways is wrong.
My DH as much as I love him is very closed minded to people not speaking English. He is a firm believe that if you are going to live here you need to know the language, not acknowledging how hard our language is for people to learn. Many elders from different cultures take comfort in their language in this strange land of freedom yet for some they find it offense to hear people of the same culture speaking in their native tongue which is ignorance in my opinion.
We are so willing to lend a helping hand with clothing drives, food drives, change drives but what about lending a helping hand in learning a new language, acknowledging other holidays, etc. We the people of the United States of America really are the world because so many people from other parts of the world life here. They celebrate birthdays, anniversarys, deaths, holidays just like we do but they have different names, decorates, acknowledgements.
Here is a list of December Holidays I found:
5 - Ashura (Islamic, Muslim)
6 - St. Nicholas Day (International)
8 - Bodhi Day - Buddha's Enlightenment (Buddhist)
8-16 - Hanukkah* (Jewish)
12 - Virgin of Guadalupe (Mexico)
13 - Santa Lucia Day (Sweden)
16-25 - Las Posadas (Mexico)
25 - Christmas (Christian, Roman Catholic, International)
26 - Boxing Day (Canada, United Kingdom)
26 - Kwanzaa (African-American)
Happy Holidays to all and to all a good night.