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MAYS
By MAYS Latest Reply 2011-12-22 13:06:26 -0600
Started 2011-12-16 14:34:18 -0600

Here is a very interesting, and informative article that I found while browsing around the internet.
May everyone have a Joyous, and safe Holiday Season!

~Mays~

Holiday greetings should be considerate.

It's that time of the year to weigh in on the "Merry Christmas" controversy — to say it or not to say it.

America is made up of different religions, races and cultures. Obviously, we don't all share the same beliefs, hence, the "happy holidays" greeting when interacting with strangers. These words translate into politely saying that although I don't know you and can't tell by looking at you what you celebrate — whatever it is — make it happy. Where is the quarrel in this?

For people you know, it is proper to offer the appropriate greeting — "Merry Christmas," "Happy Hanukkah" or "Happy Kwanzaa."

For those who do not celebrate any of these holidays, try "peace, health and happiness." These words could hardly offend anyone.

Most folks get it. Unfortunately, there are still people who blithely go through life presuming everyone believes in and celebrates as they do (or should), which equates to being ignorant of the world in which they live. By all means, have a merry Christmas, just don't expect people who don't celebrate as you do to march to the beat of your drummer.

Being aware of others' feelings does not detract from anyone's holiday. Being considerate to all people making up America's diverse population is something to do not only during the month of December but also throughout the year. After all, isn't that part of the message "peace on Earth and good will to men and women"?

Dell Kagan

Sun City Hilton Head
http://www.islandpacket.com/2011/12/16/189764...


6 replies

watson4042
watson4042 2011-12-22 13:06:26 -0600 Report

have you noticed that people seldom wish happy holidays, merry christmas, etc. anymore. the holiday has gotten just plain rude what with people pushing and shoving you out of their way to the point that it has ruined some of my holiday spirit. and i hate to shop now when as a young adult i loved going xmas shopping in the height of the season as everybody wished everybody else merry christmas at the cash register and walking the mall…now nothing i get surprized when i do receive the holiday salutation and my response is "oh yes, same to you". i loved hearing the holiday music everywhere the joy, etc. it seems the "peace on earth" atmosphere has been lost and "bah humbug" rules. i'd love to get my holiiday spirit renewed and i keep trying to do so but then i look at my bank balance vs what i want to do (ie gifts etc) and i'm again losing my spirit. am i the only person feeling the lack of spirit?

pixsidust
pixsidust 2011-12-16 17:47:55 -0600 Report

God calls us to be salt and light to the world
and to never lose our saltiness.
I will not be censored by someone else about what is appropriate
My spirit, my faith and my ability to love many
comes first from my love of Christ
There are many things that are offensive to me
homosexuality for one and we would never tell them
not to express fully who they are, nor should
people of faith be censored either
Surely I can be accepted as much as others want to be?
Perhaps those offended should censor their feelings?
As James says the best intent is there…
No thanks to the suggestions.
People of faith deserve their voice without censorship

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-12-16 17:17:50 -0600 Report

Howdy mays

I am a bit of a traditionalst. But should I say Merry Christmas and I get a happy hanukah in return I note their good wishes toward me and continue on my way. No biggie!

I am very much aware of differing religions and ways of worship.

I would rather not get homogenized and become a wall flower and bland.

I mean no disrespect to others' religious views and ways of worship. The USA isn't a "melting pot" as is commonly asserted, we are more like a stew pot where each element in the stew adds its own flavor to the mix.

I have been saying God bless you to folks on these boards for quite some time. A couple folks have taken me to task for it as they don't believe in a God. My answer to them, was Well then take away from this my basic thought toward you is positive rather than "screw you". That is what I am saying, my mind wants your welfare and good things for you when I say God bless you. And I am saying the same thing when I write something like "Christmas blessings to you and yours!"

I am not ready to be homogenized into the gray boring sameness. I just would no longer be who I am. And those who know me seem to like who I am.

So (no offense intended) Christmas blessings to you and yours!

James

MAYS
MAYS 2011-12-17 10:48:31 -0600 Report

James,

This was just a reprint of an article, not my doing.
Being from the NY/NJ area and seeing so many people of various faiths, or no faith at all, some people seem to be offended when they are greeted warmly concerning the holidays, some will even imply that "I am not of that faith!"

Personally, I greet everyone with a warm, friendly "Happy Holidays!"
If I am corrected, I do not become offended because we are all entitled to whatever we wish to believe, or choose to live by, I look at the intent, the joyous feelings and greetings that are present at this time of the year.

I remember the joy as a child when this time of the year came about, never to be one that would look the commercialization of the season, I love to see the smiles on childrens faces and the humanity and goodwill in people's actions.
I just think that there are a few "Scrooge's" that hide in waiting until the season returns each year, just waiting for someone to smile so that they can attempt to wipe that smile away!

In saying so, I posted this (along with the link) to try to ease some of the tension that may develope when someone is confronted with a situation such as this.
No offense taken, or is given, just the joy in saying "Christmas Blessings" to you and yours!

Happy Holidays to All!

~Mays~

jayabee52
jayabee52 2011-12-17 14:00:41 -0600 Report

I did not take offense at this posting mays. Merely giving my 2 cents on the issue which has been simmering below the surface for about as long as I can remember.