Tis the season to be jolly. Among other things, we wish each other a merry Christmas. Yes, I know it is politically correct to say Happy Holidays, but that takes all the punch out of it. We could say that about any holiday, for example, groundhog’s day. There is something special about this time of year, Christians are celebrating Christmas and Jews are celebrating Chanukah. Both of these religious celebrations honor the God that is the basis of both Judaism and Christianity. Our Christmas season derives from these.
Being a born-again Christian, I wish that all people were Christian. To me the meaning of Christmas is that God sent Jesus to Earth as a baby to live among men. Jesus is an example how to live righteously, our teacher and our savior. Christianity make my life richer.
Our Christmas holiday, however is enjoyed also by non-Christians, agnostics and even some atheists. So I can wish a merry Christmas even to those who ignore the religious significance of the season because I wish them to enjoy the secular celebration of the season. I do wish my Jewish friends and other Jews a happy Chanukah and most of them wish me a merry Christmas in return. Even though they are celebrating Chanukah, they are part of the greater Christmas holiday.
Whether you are religious or not, please celebrate Christmas (or Chanukah) and help to spread the good will of the holiday.
Reynold Conger is a published author. For information about his books, go to ReynoldConger.com.