I can’t help it. It’s Christmas…a time of showing our love and gratitude by giving…but I still have a bone to pick. And what I want to pick about it this: Who cares about material gifts. Why can’t we all be kinder to each another?
I was driving down the street with a friend and someone waved at us. I returned the wave, but my friend didn’t. He wanted to know who the person was in order to wave back. I wanted to know from my friend why it mattered. Can’t you wave to someone you don’t know to just be friendly? The friendly gesture brightened my day. Is there a law against being kind? Do we have to be suspicious of everyone?
Here’s another one. You’re driving along and someone cuts you off. You veer over and get up next to them, ready to mouth a few words in their direction. You look over and see it’s your next door neighbor. You gulp everything back down and smile instead. Should it matter that you know them? Aren’t we all neighbors really? Aren’t we all in this life together?
Okay. Here’s the third one and the last one. (Luckily, I only complain in threes. J ) Christmas has been designated a national holiday that touches everyone in one way or another. Christmas is called different things by many people. I’m reminded of a scene in the movie Santa Clause with Tim Allen. He’s arrested and the police officer questions him about his real name. “Name?” the officer asks. Scott Calvin replies, “Kris Kringle. Sinter Klaas.” “Name?” the officer asks again. “Pere Noel. Buon Natale. Pelznickel. Topo Gigio.”
The same is true of Christmas. It doesn’t matter what we call it, the meaning of the season is still the same—show love and gratitude by giving. Let’s worry less about the politically-correct name or whether trees should be called holiday trees vs. Christmas trees (1) and, instead, embrace our differences and our likes and be kind to one another whether we know each other personally or not.
Here's a song by Sammy Davis, Jr. that really reflects these feelings:
What’s your take on the holidays?
Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Frohliche Weihnachten, Hristos Razdajetsja, Mele Kalikimaka,
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(1) See article: http://www.ksat.com/news/A-Christmastime-fight-Christmas-trees-vs-holiday-trees/-/478452/5368086/-/qyg73e/-/index.html123RF Stock Photo