I was thinking yesterday about how hardly anybody said to me, “Merry Christmas.” It was all “Happy Holidays.” But let me ask you this — do you call your tree a “Holiday Tree”? It’s Christmas people. If an atheist can celebrate Christmas, can’t everybody else?
The answer is, no, everyone else can’t celebrate Christmas. Well, “can’t” is the wrong word. I prefer “won’t.” Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, Christmas is not a national holiday. It’s not a secular holiday. It’s a religious holiday for a religion that not everyone practices. I have nothing against Christmas, but I think I show the holiday more respect by not giving out cards and getting a Chanukah bush. “Jingle Bells” is not seasonal. It’s Christmas music, and I don’t believe it belongs in public schools. I want my children to learn about different customs and religions, but that doesn’t mean they have to be a participant. Perhaps the reason why people don’t say “Merry Christmas” is because they don’t know whether someone celebrates Christmas and want to give the benefit of the doubt.
We managed to make it through another long December 24-25th. Last night, Eric and I watched The Restaurant marathon on Bravo, mostly because it was one of the only shows on that didn’t have a Christmas theme. Today we took the kids to see Cheaper by the Dozen. Cute flick. Makes me grateful that I only have two. 😉 We recognized 3 other families in the audience from the Jewish Community Center. Then we came home and had the kids help us with some organizing around the house. Aside from the fact that Eric was home from work and just about every business was closed, it was just another Thursday. That’s the way it should be for those that don’t find any religious significance to the day.