Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Tip toeing around Christmas

I understand Americans not wanting to offend people around the holidays.  However, I sometimes think our freedoms as Americans has made us too sensitive.  We should not be terrified to wish someone a happy holiday.  If you celebrate Kwanzaa, Hanukkah or whatever... It's ok, say it.  I follow Christ.  I understand everyone may not celebrate Christmas, not everyone is Christian. But heck I have friends who are atheist and Hindu who celebrate Christmas. They do it for the presents, is what they tell me. It bothers me to see people who believe in Jesus tip-toe around the word Christmas because they don't want to offend.  If someone comes to me and says happy Kwanzaa and I don't celebrate Kwanzaa, I will simply thank them, but tell them I don't celebrate it. I would not think they are trying to force they're beliefs on me.  Shame on me for getting angry at someone who was trying to wish me well.  Speaking of which, sometimes "Thank God" and "God bless you" can be just as offensive as calling someone an asshole, in this country.  We pride ourselves on being a diverse country, but sometimes sweep those differences under the rug.  I say if its your belief, voice it!  If someone doesn't share your belief, they will correct you and you should respect it.  Besides, I am one who thinks talking about our differences can open the door for better understanding and more acceptance.  People are often afraid of what they do not understand.  Let's learn from one another. With that said... Merry Christmas everyone!  

I have a challenge for you:  Call a friend of a different faith and wish them Happy Hanukkah (next year, because it has passed) :-P. Wish someone a Merry Christmas or Happy Kwanzaa. If you're not comfortable with that, ask them what they celebrate and wish them a happy holiday.

With love,
Cornelious Jordan

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