It’s that time of year again, folks: the holiday season. America is a melting pot, a blended nation of immigrants and natives from around the world. Therefore, there are various holidays being celebrated at all times of the year, but a lot of holidays concentrated at the end of the year.
- If someone tells me Happy Yule, I will say it back.
- If someone tells me Merry Winter Solstice, I will say it back.
- If someone tells me Happy Jule, I will say it back.
- If someone tells me Merry Christmas, I will say it back.
- If someone tells me Feliz Navidad, I will say it back.
- If someone tells me Happy Hanukkah, I will say it back.
- If someone tells me Happy Rohatsu or Bodhi Day, I will say it back.
- If someone tells me Happy Gita Jayanti, I will say it back.
- If someone tells me Happy Holidays, Happy Kwanzaa, Season’s Greetings, or to enjoy my holiday season in general, I will say it back.
If someone is polite enough to take the time out of his or her day to wish me a happy anything, I’m grateful for the goodwill and return the favor.
There’s no reason to be petty about someone’s personal religious (or nonreligious) beliefs or to be offended. As you can see from the list above, there is more than one holiday being observed and no need to cry there is a war on anything or to demand that there only be one holiday or religion. After all, we pride ourselves as living in a free country, and that includes freedom of religion; That means anyone else can choose the religion or the holidays one wishes to practice or to celebrate or to choose nothing at all. The reason the Pilgrims and many others came to settle here was freedom of religion, if you remember American history. There is absolutely nothing in this world that is “one size fits all.”
Being a little patient and kind to each other will make this world better place than being hostile or petty about small things that don’t matter in the big scheme of things ever will. There is enough hate in this world. Everyone does not celebrate the same holidays everywhere. I choose not to be pedantic about something that doesn’t matter for the rest of the year, because I have a wider view of the world than some other people I have observed.
So, Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Merry Yule, and whatever else to you, dear reader, and I wish you the best for the upcoming year, as well.