Whatever Floats Your Boat…
By Jim Kuiken
MERRY CHRISTMAS! Happy Hanukah! These are the ones you hear a lot nowadays…but let’s look at a more complete incomplete list of “multi-cultural” December celebrations:
Everyone says America is the melting pot, and we all just have to get along. Not true. America is not a melting pot, and I don’t believe it ever was. It’s a stew pot…all the ingredients are dumped together in one pot, and it’s supposed to turn out pretty tasty – even though most of the ingredients don’t “melt”, but stay intact as separate ingredients (like potatoes, chunks of meat, etc). Anyone who cooks or who has ever eaten knows that’s not always true. Sometimes it doesn’t taste good at all, and sometimes it can even make you sick. Different people like different ingredients, and different cultures tend to clump together in pockets of ethnic identity.
So how do we please everyone? Should we hang on tight to the Judeo-Christian founding origins of the United States? Should we go with the flow of the changing face of America, and the cultures that have been incorporated…or at least, that are present…in the United States today?
Too deep for me. And that is a decision that each individual will have to make for themselves anyway, because we all will never agree on that front.
So what about Christmas? It is a national holiday. Do we do away with it, change it to something else, hold to the traditions?
I can’t speak for you, but here’s me…
I’m going to tell you Merry Christmas, unless I know you don’t celebrate it, because that’s the way I was raised. I will NOT be offended if you tell me Happy Hanukah, Festive Kwanza, Happy Winter Solstice, or anything else that shows that you are sincere in wishing me and mine a happy holiday.
What I really want you to know during this holiday season (Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day) is that for me it is a time of honoring and remembering the past, and looking forward to a bright new year, and I hope it is for all of you, and that you enjoy the holidays that you celebrate.
For those of you who are angry or just contrary and don’t want that, or just have to be offended by the season and happy people, my wish for you is that you be able to let it go, let any anger or bitterness you may feel be replaced by peace and joy. Enjoy the spirit of the season, even if it is for a different holiday than mine, and respect others as they do you. If you insist on being offended, please see my post from December 9th.
All the rest of you (including those of you who are alone or hurting this year, know that I’m thinking of you in particular), I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Sincerely (and I actually mean sincerely)
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