Merry Meet my friends! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones. I know I did. We had a small group this year as some of my family was scattered in all directions, but those of us who were here had a very wonderful day. Watching my granddaughter Lily open her birthday presents for her 3rd birthday was highest on my list of memories that day. Such a blessing is that little girl 🙂
Since then, I have been in full Yule mode! 🙂 Shopping and decorating and sending off cards and spending time having fun with the family. I feel behind so far but taking the time to enjoy the season so I’m having fun either way. My house should be fully decked out by tomorrow night, shopping is more then half done, cards will be going by the weekend and wrapping and baking will commence soon after. We have even had our first snow tuesday night and it was beautiful. It didnt’t stay around for long but I’m quite sure, living in Ohio as I do, there is much more to come..and soon! I have had fireside, Bailey’s in my glass night, and watching holiday movies nights, and lunch out with family and shopping days…I just love this time of year!
Along with the joy of the Season, comes again the Merry Christmas versus Happy Holidays wars. *sigh*. I just felt the need to put in my two cents worth as I see many who feel like me…. and then there are those people who are apparantly completely offended if the “right” words aren’t spoken to them during this time of year.
As you all know by now, I am a Witch..a Pagan. I celebrate Yule, the Winter Solstice. It is a very joyful and meaningful Sabbat for me and I celebrate it fully! I also celebrate Christmas *gasp* LOL. I grew up celebrating Christmas and some of my family members are Christians. I celebrate the day with them. For me, it’s not a celebration of the birth of the Christian Jesus Christ, It’s a family holiday…..it’s about Santa, presents, good food, fun, family, love and joy. Just like many Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Pagan families do..we celebrate both! Now I know that to some Pagans, this is an unpopular decision, and yet I have many many facebook Witch and Pagan friends who do the same. Unless you are born into a family who is all of one faith, it would be disrespectful, in my opinion, not to share in the day with those I love, who celebrate Christmas.
When I see all the comments about “Jesus is the Reason for the Season” or “Don’t take Christ out of Christmas”….well, one I agree with and one I sure don’t. I agree that Christ is the reason for Christmas..after all, Christmas IS a Christian holiday, the birth of Jesus to the Christians. However, Jesus is NOT the reason for the Season in my mind. The “season” is not just a day…the Season is much more..for some people it denotes the period of time from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. For others, it may be just the December holidays. For still others, it might be the whole Wintertime..after all, many “holidays” are celebrated well into January. The birth of Jesus, (Which we should all know by now, was NOT in December) is not the reason for ANY of the other holidays but Christmas…right?? For me, the Solstice, the turning of the Wheel of the Year, the re-birth of the Sun God, the longest night of the year is the reason for Yule and my celebration of the “season”. Hannukah, Kwaanza, and other faiths have their own reason for the season as well. The season is not just about the Christian holiday, Christmas.
Having said all that, I think the argument over what to say or what you want to hear is just absurd. For me, if someone wishes me a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, a Blessed Yule, or Happy Holidays…I look at it as well wishes for a joyful holiday, joyful season, or joyful day. Merry Christmas is not a slap in the face to my beliefs. It is what the OTHER person believes so that is what they say. Why don’t we all quit being so selfish and just take the sentiment in the way it was meant to be taken? They are wishing you well!! You can choose to respond as you want too…of course. There is nothing wrong with saying something different back to them…for instance “Merry Christmas to you and Blessed Yule to me”….or say what you prefer to say…in a nice way..not in a correcting manner. Most likely they will smile and still wish you well. and keep in mind..if you are being helped by someone in customer service..they HAVE to say whatever the store policy is….don’t get nasty with them for saying Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas or vice versa. I have seen this happen and it just gets my Irish up! LOL. I have also seen a Christian get very nasty when told Happy Holidays..and it actually scared me it was so nasty! Same with other faiths folks who don’t think about anyone but themselves this time of year. My fear is that some day nobody will be giving a seasonal greeting to anyone out of fear of saying the wrong thing and receiving an earful! How sad would that be? 😦
I’m not telling anyone what to do..just saying what I think is the right thing to do. I try to be gracious, accept whatever greeting comes my way and move on. I believe if I react kindly, the Goddess will appreciate that I was kind. The Pagan community is growing in leaps and bounds and Blessed Yule is on the lips of many! Take comfort in that if anything 🙂 Look at Joy and Love as the Reason for the Season..for I believe no matter what you celebrate …those are two good reasons we can all agree on and embrace in unison!
I don’t know if I have Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, Athiest readers here..but I know I have a lot of beautiful Witches and Pagans..many I call friends. I know many of you feel as I do, and some of you may not. I honor your choices either way. And by the way, I do feel the irritation too when someone puts Jesus and Christmas down my throat when it’s unwanted. That is a whole different thing and I would deal with that much differently..after all, I am a Witch! Hehehe 🙂
Soon I will be posting my Yule recipes, altar pics and some favorite Yule books I love. So I’ll be back soon! Please feel free to leave comments…whether you agree or disagree…I love a good discussion!
Blessings and Light, Autumn