I'm confused, I'll admit. Confused and perhaps a little annoyed; I'm admitting that too. Why are we taking the Christmas out of Christmas? We are supposed to celebrate the diversities of everyone...and well isn't Christmas one of those things that makes Christians diverse? I don't get it. I mean celebrating Kwanzaa makes people of African heritage diverse, Ramadan celebrated by the Muslims, Hanukkah celebrated by those that are Jewish. In my opinion all of these celebrations are beautiful, and all of them are important to our culture, so why can't I say Merry Christmas?
I would expect that if I were Muslim, that I would celebrate Ramadan. That I would fast from dawn until sunset and that when the fast was over (Shawwl) I would have a huge celebration with my family and friends and 'break the fast'.
I would expect if I were African that I would celebrate Kwanzaa. I would celebrate everything African. I would wear a beautiful African kaftan, light candles, and eat traditional foods.
If I were Jewish, I would proudly light my Menorah, exchange a gift a night with my family, and indulge in the beauty of fried foods.
I'm not any of these things, I am Christian. I decorate my Christmas tree, and I sing Christmas carols to my kids. I hang up ridiculous looking socks and fill them with presents.
I would never ask someone to not celebrate their heritage. I would never ask someone to not celebrate their religious beliefs; in fact I would love, love, love it if I celebrated all of these things. I think these celebrations are beautiful, historical, and so very important.
Instead of asking us to not celebrate 'Christmas' in our schools and in our places of work, why instead can we not make a point of celebrating all holidays? My children would sure learn a lot; in fact it would be a wonderful education!
I would agree that sometimes Christmas is over the top, and that during Kwanzaa (where I live anyways), unless you are African or a part of the African community, you may not know a thing about where to celebrate Kwanzaa, or what to do.. but shouldn't we all learn? Should our children not be taught the diversity of religious freedoms in their schools?
Just food for thought... but I'm going to keep saying Merry Christmas... and hope I don't offend anyone.