When I was living in Montreal, a very mulit-cultural city, we would NOT wish each other 'happy holidays.' Instead, I would excitely wave and yell "Happy Hanukkah!" to my Jewish neighbours and they would grin and shout back, "Merry Christmas!"
There was no barrier. There was no worrying about political correctness. There was only a feeling of community, kind wishes enthusiastically expressed.
How lucky I was! I see this now.
There is a beauty in recognizing the thousand different ways we celebrate the infinite mysteries of the universe, to respect ALL beliefs. I believe this is the heart of peace. Joy is something we all understand, needs no translator.
WHO ARE CELEBRATING
MYSTERY & GIFT
Please, during these Holy Days, let us remember there are others celebrating in their own unique way. There are are also those dealing with painful memories, loss, heart ache, grief, illness and loneliness. As a Christian, even I feel overwhelmed when I walk into a mall, a restaurant, even the grocery store. Christmas is special to many, but may have no significance to others. I ask all Christians to remember other faiths, other beliefs at this time of the year and to think of how they may feel... isolated and perhaps ignored.
Love is a bridge. It CAN be a bridge.
Love from Cyndi, the idealist, dreamer, mother and, hopefully, YOUR friend