Friday, December 15, 2006

Happy Festive Season

In the past few years, I've tried to come up with different ways to greet people during the holidays. Since Hanukkah, Eid and Christmas all more or less fall in the same time frame, I try to be sensitive to all religious celebrations.

I originally began writing "Happy Festive Season" in greeting cards and letters. It just sounds so weird to say that when you meet people on the street though. "Hey Joe! Happy Festive Season to you and your family!" Nah. It sounds awful. Au lieu of saying "Happy Chrismukkah!!" (which I can't stand!), I've opted for "Happy Holidays". Happy Holidays seems to be a pretty 'safe' greeting. *sigh* It's so hard to be politically correct (or try to be, at least)!
On the news today, a professor in the United States was saying how as a culture, we've become overly sensitive when it comes to religion. There was a lot of coverage on the 'holiday war' and how Christmas trees have been taken down in certain public places and how employees were told to not say Merry Christmas to customers. I'm kind of torn. I can totally see why and how this may be upsetting to people who don't celebrate Christmas. At the same time, I don't think it's particularly 'hurtful' to wish someone a Merry Christmas.

Our family is not hardcore when it comes to Christmas. We do send out cards and letters to friends and family. We have a big supper with turkey and the works. We have a Christmas tree, lights, carols, and presents. For me, Christmas is all about the kids. I love seeing their faces all aglow when they see that beautiful tree all lit up, and how they wait for Santa to come and deliver their presents. I remember leaving cookies and milk out for Santa and some carrots for his reindeer. For me, Christmas is all about family and friends, giving and sharing :) My grandmother would say it's about the birth of Jesus Christ though ;)

Anyway, whatever your faith is, happy holidays!


ahappilymarriedmommy said...

Bahumbug! Just say whatever. There's no harm in wishing people well during the holidays. Sometimes people take things a little too far. My best girl friend is Jewish and she has no problems with us celebrating Christmas. We even exchange presents. Of course just a little token of our friendship. People will always make a big fuss anyway. If it's not one thing it's another. Happy Christmukkah, Happy Eidmaskkah, Happy whatever. It's all good! =) Your still wishing people well.

t said...

cute pic chris. i'm not going to say anything about the chrismukkah thing. it always ends in heated debates when people talk about holidays and religion! happy holidays to you and j and your family from us xox :0)

Danielle said...

Hey Christine,
You can say whatever, Happy holdiays is the safe bet and its sad that we all have to be worried about what we say at times like this. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

curiositykiller said...

You two are so cute, great picture, Chrissy! Happy birthday and Merry Christmas!

Chrissy121875 said...

Thanks, Danielle! :) I remember when I was in Toronto, you and I used to exchange presents (and Dina too). Oh, happy birthday to you (the day before me)!

Curiosity, thanks again :) You're so sweet!

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cara said...

happy christmas to the newlyweds

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