If You Celebrate It…Say It!!

The Next Family

By: Amy Wise

The holidays are such an amazing time of year.  They bring out the best in all of us.  As I decorate, shop, and take in all the sights, sounds and smells of the season, I wonder, why can’t it be like this all the time?  What is it about the holidays that makes everyone just a little bit nicer and smile just a little wider?

We all might celebrate different holidays this season, but no matter which one we celebrate, it’s all about peace and love.  Right!?  My mixed melting pot of a family happens to be Christian and we celebrate Christmas, but I love to share all the holidays with my amazing diverse group of friends.  If we all took a moment to learn about each other’s religions and celebrations, the unknown would now be known and the scary wouldn’t be so scary anymore.  It’s not about condemning, it’s about accepting.  It’s not about converting, it’s about learning.  There is nothing evil, or wrong, or “satanic” about a different religion…it’s just that…different.  Whether you celebrate Christmas, or Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, or nothing at all, it’s your prerogative as a citizen of the world to do just that…in peace.

So this year my wish for all of us is to learn about each other, accept each other, live with each other, and love each other. If you celebrate Christmas…I wish you a very merry Christmas.  If you celebrate Hanukkah…I say, happy Hanukkah.  If you celebrate Kwanzaa…I wish you happy Kwanzaa.  If you are determined to be politically correct…I wish you happy holidays! 

It’s okay to be proud of your religion and traditions as long as you respect what others celebrate as well.  See how easy it is…let’s all stop walking on egg shells…if you celebrate it…SAY IT!!!

Amy Wise is a Writer in San Diego.

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