Holiday Rants

At BeliefNet: Rant about the Holidays, and Finding Peace after the Rant.

How did this season of sharing, caring and love for fellow man become a fight to terminology as if they are being attacked or slighted if their faith is not recognized? This goes entirely against any belief system or faith that is celebrating at this time of year. I make the statement “Happy Holidays” just for the fact that it is respectful to all. Christmas is not the only holiday at this time of year. There is Christmas, Yule, Kwanza, and Chanukah . No matter what the holiday you celebrate, is it so bad to respect other beliefs? It does not diminish a particular holiday to do so. In my heart I believe that it enhances the season in remembering that others hold this time sacred as well. This has been a prevalent fight in the states that I see as a waste of time, and frankly disrespectful to everyone who partakes in this mentality. There is so much pain in the world and so much violence in this day and age, and to bring the words you use this time of year to a fight truly takes away from the reason that we all celebrate the season to begin with. What happened to Peace on Earth and Goodwill towards men? What has happened to love your nieghbor. It seems we are in a day and age where all these addages.. well.. add up to nothing but get what you can take from someone else. Step on your neighbor and take what you want. Respect nothing but what is self serving and feeds your ego. This is a fight that I see is truly destroying the fabric of emotion that should be prevelant in this time of year. Is it really so distasteful to hear someone say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas”? If you feel that it takes away from your holidays, I have to question why? Are you so lacking in your faith that if someone else doesn’t scream your beliefs from a hilltop then you must attack them?