My Wednesday’s Guest today is this jolly little snowman who is all dressed up to celebrate this wonderful time of the year. I dare you not to smile at him. 🙂
For years now we’ve all been trying real hard to be politically correct in our Winter Solstice greetings, saying Happy Holidays, lest we offend someone who doesn’t celebrate Christmas, but I’ve always been a bit of a rebel. Besides that, I’m not the least bit offended when I hear Happy Hanukkah or Happy Kwanzaa.
Those wishes mean something special to the folks who celebrate those holidays, the same way Merry Christmas means something special to me, and it doesn’t take anything away from me for people to express their good wishes the way they want to.
If we all spent more time living up to the inherent meaning in all these holidays and expressions of good will, there could be no offense taken at the words used. There wouldn’t be a “we” and “them” mentality that pushes us apart and makes us sensitive and defensive. There would just be “us”. Mankind. Humankind. However you want to label us.
So my hope for all of us is to have a season of peace and a sense of inclusion instead of exclusion. That is the message in my two short stories, as well as what I hold deep in my heart.
I’ll not be online much over the next couple of weeks so I can celebrate Christmas and New Years with family and friends. I hope that all of you have many opportunities to likewise. Share the Holiday cheer, and I’ll see you in the New Year.