Merry Christmas. Happy Kwanzaa. Happy Hanukkah. Happy holidays.
Aren’t we all really saying the same thing only with different words?
We’re wishing each other glad tidings with the best of intentions; we wish people joy, laughter, fantastic memories, and to stuff themselves silly with scrumptious home-baked food.
Words – for better or worse – can be so powerful. They are a tool with which humans communicate their desires and wishes. In the case of the holiday season let’s not dwell on semantics and perceived political or religious meanings behind cheery words.
The true meaning of Christmas (or Kwanzaa or Hanukkah) is the meaning behind the words: that is to say the warmth, love and spirit of kindness and charitableness.
Let’s all just agree to be festive and accept the words – whichever ones someone cheerily tosses your way like an invisible, sweet candy cane – in the manner for which they were intended: a joyful wish for happy times spent with family and friends.
Speak to you all in 2012!