Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to Everyone!

Did you know that 38 different religious symbols are allowed on headstones by the National Cemeteries Administration? This list includes Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Wiccan, Atheist, Jewish, Sikh and many more. Each one of these men and women were American Heroes, or they would not have been buried in military cemeteries. Each deserves our highest respect.

Some things that you may not know...

Winter Solstice or Yule- For Neopagans, Wiccans and other Religions, this is the celebration of the death and rebirth of the sun. (Celebrated around Dec. 21-22)

Hanukkah- Major Jewish Holiday celebrated in December.

Kwanzaah- Dec. 26- Jan. 1

Many Atheists celebrate Winter Solstice as a Secular winter holiday, not as a religious holiday.

New Years Day-Celebrating the coming of a new year.

There are many holidays during the winter months and they are not all religious ones.

So, what point am I trying to make?

Only this; some of the most Patriotic Americans there are fought and died for this country and many of them were not Christian. Many more non-Christians are serving in the military and dying for our country's ideals right now! This country and our own neighborhoods are made up of much more than just one religion or belief system.

Yet, we are to believe that Christians are being persecuted, or that it is political correctness that causes people to wish their neighbors Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas?

Someone wishing you Happy Holidays instead of a Merry Christmas takes nothing from you, as they are wishing you happiness and joy during YOUR holiday season. But, ignoring the beliefs and holidays of non-Christians, by only wishing others a Merry Christmas, IS taking something from THEM!

Namely, respect for the beliefs (and holidays) of ALL Americans; not just Christians.