the season has a reason

It’s odd how many people this time of year succumb to the prosletyzation urge – about how everyone else is wrong. One person insists that Kwanzaa is a fraud, another says that Christmas has pagan roots, another says that the SeaTac/Rabbi incident was latent anti-semitism. Is Santa usurping the Three Kings? And what’s with Hajj this year?

But I just don’t see why having an inclusive holiday neccessarily requires a dilution of meaning. Is there some conservation of good cheer principle at work? Why does it matter to someone what someone else’s interpretation is?

I say, Merry Christmas, Hag Sameach, Happy Kwanzaa, hajj mubarak, Blessed festivus, and every other greeting and salutation that is relevant, with pride. It’s not out of rote political correctness. It’s because this is the time of year, in which we all look to our pillars of identity and reafirm them. This is a holiday for all mankind.

Happy holidays to all of you. May the year ahead be full of blessing and joy.