Friday, December 24, 2010

Keeping Holiday Secrets

"Oh, my, I'm terribly sorry, dear Manager -- I should have asked if you wanted to spank her first!"

Shhhhh - Can you keep a secret? :D

I'm Jewish.

But I grew up celebrating Christmas! All my life...! I didn't make the connection between Christ and the holiday until I was something like 6 or 7 years old and began to investigate why "Christmas" was spelt with a "t" in the middle of it... It really is a Christian holiday, as commercialized and ubiquitous as it has become here...

That's America for you! :D

For my family, it is a purely cultural holiday -- nothing religious whatsoever about it, just a solidly American tradition. And a brief time for us to come back together from wherever we have been, spread out across the globe, all year.

We'll be doing it again this year, like always -- the big family celebration of the year! :D Getting tied up together in all the lights, the music, the holly and mistletoe, the shopping and holiday cheer... The snow on the ground, the cards and trees and hot chocolate... The presents.

Yes, lots and lots of presents!

This is always where I begin to feel that little twinge of guilt. :) Why should I be getting all these lovely gifts, when I'm not even a member of the religion behind the holiday? Why should I be getting wrapped up into all this holiday cheer when it's not even my holiday?

Well, it is my holiday. It's my family's holiday.

The spirit of the season is one of such love and charity and tolerance, that many people, of all different walks of life, of all different beliefs and religions, can share in its joy.

At least, that is what I believe. :D

If the keepers of the holiday believe differently, then I suppose I shall just have to suffer the consequences of my blasphemy...

Afterall, it's always better to tell the truth, right? :D

A very merry Christmas Eve to all those who celebrate, and to all those who don't, a lovely peace-filled winter season of joy and happiness! Thank you, and good night! :D


  1. Yes, I agree with you, All religions can share their holidays. Take for instance, Irving Berlin, a nice Jewish boy, wrote, the most popular of all Christmas Songs, "I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas" So the world owes him their thanks. Would'nt you agree?

  2. @sixofthebest -- Absolutely! :D

  3. I'm right there with you, Rayne. It has never been a religious holiday for my family but that's never stopped us from celebrating in style.

    Enjoy your time home! (I'll be in touch very soon.)



  4. Happy Christmas Rayne, (and since I'm late with the greetings, happy chanukkah as well!)

    May the same God bless you in 2011.


  5. Thank you Kirsten! The warmest wishes back to you, as well :D

    Pink - I believe you! If there's one person I can imagine celebrating any holiday in style, it would be you :D