A status message is making the rounds on Facebook… “Just a friendly reminder, you aren’t going to get arrested or anything for saying “Merry Christmas… it won’t kill you to keep the ‘reason’ in the ‘season’…” etc. Please remember that there are people who live in this free country along with you that do not celebrate the same holidays as you. It won’t kill you either to offer or receive the sincere greeting “Happy Holidays.” I choose to offer that particular greeting because I want ALL my friends and neighbors – whether Pagan, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, and yes, even Agnostic and Atheist – to know that I care that they have a wonderful Winter Holiday Season.I am not closed-minded to the fact everyone deserves to feel as happy as I feel at this time of year. I wish to spread the JOY but NOT the judgement. Personally, If I am 100% certain of a person’s beliefs, I will offer them best wishes using the name of their special holiday (“I hope you have a Happy Hannukah” – etc.). Very often, they thank me and then try to do the same for me, knowing I am a militant out-of-the-broom-closet Pagan/Wiccan. And you know what? There is no harm done in ASKING what someone prefers as you shake their hand. Some will ask me, “Happy Yule, is it?” – that brings a great smile to my face, and makes me feel listened-to and appreciated. There are numerous clients at my law office and it’s impossible to know their specifics. They feel respected and happy that I would care to ask, should they happen to stop by my office to share a moment of seasonal fellowship.So, on that note, I hope you don’t take offense at the words I use to communicate my sincere friendship this time of year should I happen to wish you HAPPY HOLIDAYS, when no offense is meant. And yes… for me and my household, it is Yule… Yuletide… the Winter Solstice, a traditional Celtic fire-festival which celebrates the return of the light following the longest night of the year… and the battle between the Oak King and the Holly King.
Lovely blog entry by Danu’s Daughter (2010) –
Random history links –
Info on the Yule log –
A lovely tradition – make a Yule log with your children – blog and photos by Jonah Lisa Dyer –
Some links – by Christians for Christians – as to why Christmas is a Pagan holiday, and not to be celebrated –
Christmas is multi-cultural –