I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah!  Whatever your belief, celebrate all that you’ve been blessed with.

I’m always surprised at how people choose to acknowledge Christmas, Hanukkah, and other important days.  There are those who say it’s offensive to wish someone a Merry Christmas, but I don’t agree.  If you believe in something, shouldn’t you be proud to tell others about it?  If you have a friend who believes in something but they refused to tell you about it, wouldn’t you think something is wrong with them?   Be proud of what you believe in.

Christmas is a wonderful time of year and, yes, there is a reason for the season…to copy an old phrase. I have a number of Jewish friends and I love it when they share their faith with me and remind me of how important Hanukkah is to them.  I also have the privilege of knowing some wonderful Hindus and again, I respect them for their faith just as I’m not shy about sharing mine when I’m around them.

So, Merry Christmas to everyone!  May we all take a step back from the commercialization of the season and remember the wonderful birth of a very special child 2,000 years ago.

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