Some people are very passionate when it comes to holiday greetings.
You don’t have to look far to hear or read the rantings about the use, or lack thereof, the holiday greeting, “Merry Christmas”. Many become furious when they are greeted with, “Happy Holidays” rather than “Merry Christmas”.
We’ve all heard phrases such as, “This is America, we say Merry Christmas here” or “in our country we celebrate Christmas” and of course there is always this one, “The USA was founded on Christian beliefs, we celebrate Jesus’ birthday here, if they don’t like it, they can go back to their own country!”
Many Americans feel violated in their own country. They feel the beliefs and customs of others are being crammed down their throats with no regard for their own beliefs. Many are angry and rightfully so! Right?
First, unless you have Native American somewhere in your heritage, you are an immigrant whose family migrated to America from overseas hundreds of years ago.
Second, while Christianity is among the top religions in the US, it is not solely a US Religion; nor is it the only religion in the US. In fact, Christianity didn’t even originate in the Americas. Also, Jesus was a Jew and he was NOT a white man! Christ…not his last name. The term Christ, in it’s origin, means “the anointed one”. A term which was coined long before the birth of Jesus and could be used within any religion or spiritual practice that perform anointments.
Speaking of the birth of Jesus…third, Christmas origins pre-date the birth of Jesus. Christmas originated as a Pagan holiday. Christians adapted many Pagan traditions (including the Christmas tree) into what we know as Christmas today. What Christians now refer to as Christmas, the celebration of Jesus’ birthday (which is not in December), was originally a celebration of winter solstice, the coming of spring and agriculture, and the sun goddess. There is no mention of Christmas in the Bible, nor that it is the celebration of Jesus’ birth, nor that Jesus was born in December (there is no mention of Jesus’ birth date in the Bible).
While it may sound like I am anti- white Christian America, I can assure you that I am not. Quite the opposite really; I believe and fully support what America was intended to stand for. I believe in the freedom of religion. I believe in equality. I love the multi-cultural population that makes up the United States of America. I love the diversity of this great nation. I love that so many people are kind, compassionate, supportive, open-minded, open-hearted, and accepting of others.
What I don’t support is intolerance, hate, and the double standard that many Americans have. The US is not a one religion or belief system country. The US is not a one skin tone country, and thank your lucky stars for that; because if it were, white skin tone wouldn’t be here, as we are NOT the natives of this land.
I am a white American female, I am made up of Irish, German, Norwegian, and the list goes on… I consider myself to be spiritual, but I am not religious. I do, however, respect those who are, so long as they are respectful to others. I celebrate Christmas, but not as a Christian holiday. I celebrate the love, time shared with friends and family, connections, and memories. To me, that’s what the holiday season is all about.
There are many holiday celebrations during this time of year other than Christmas; Hanukkah and Kwanzaa to name a couple. Not everyone in America celebrates Christmas. We don’t say “Happy Holidays” because “Merry Christmas” might offend others, we say it because it’s all inclusive. We say it to respect everyone’s beliefs.
Regardless of beliefs, skin color, and country of origin, we are ALL human.
Lots of Love,