Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Thu, 8 Dec 1994 11:43:48 CST
We have always saved our electronic greetings until the week before the
holiday exodus, so as to catch everyone before they go home to friends
and families. However, I've been reading the exchange as it relates to
the observance and greeting "Merry Christmas" to those that do not (or
choose not to) celebrate that day.
December is a significant month for many religions. The Jewish faith
celebrates a miracle of faith over a period of time. Christians
celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ (which I understand, may not have
occured on the 25th of December, but because of the way we count our
days, that day just happened to be "the day"). Many Africans and
descendents of Africans celebrate Kwanza, a celebration of hope.
Aside from the religious observances, we all celebrate the return of
our friends and family members to us, by our visits, our massive
dinners and our outreach to others that cannot have the things that we
take very much for granted. Our children and others celebrate a brief
respite from schools and the arrival of gifts, through the ways of
ourselves, other relatives, or through "Santa Claus", however your
nation celebrates his or her arrival (there are some nations that have
a feminine version of the jolly old saint).
We celebrate a inner renewal, the close of one year and our desire to
have done more, better, or different things than the way we have done
them. We pledge ourselves that in the coming year, only a few days
away, that we would do more, better or different things.
The name of the period has a deep religious and personal nature to
each of us, but the actions during the period are neither religious
nor personal: we ALL are looking, wondering, hoping, and reflective
of what has happen and what can occur in the coming year. We may use
a religious ceremony, or a quiet period of reflection, or something
more festive as a party or dancing to express those feelings.
It's a universal set of emotions, not really tied to one specific
event or occasion. And we want to share them with others, which is
why even without thinking, we will wish you "Merry Christmas". It is
the FEELINGS, NOT THE WORDS, that we are *really expressing*.
Jim, I wish for you and your family the best during this period of
time. May you find that this period of time, as many has expressed
here, not so much tied to a NAME or a specific greeting, but moreso
tied to what the month represents.
Hope. Pride. Inner peace. Courage. Love.
And from Jessica Ryan (soon to be Walton), Amanda, Andrew, Aaron, Kimi
and Kelly....and from me...
We wish you all a very warm, conforting, and loving Holiday season,
full of that hope for the coming year, pride in yourself and your
family and in the roots of them, inner peace as we center ourselves
not on work or school but rather on friendships and "old stories",
courage to view the current year without flincing and the new year
with bravery, and love for all people, especially those that cannot
celebrate this period with those they love and miss.
Please, in your thoughts and prayers, as well as your actions, think
and act upon the thousands of children around our world that only wish
for a doll to hug, a toy to play with, a meal to eat, or someone to
hug them and tell them a story. Those things do not require religion,
nor do they require a specific day or period in which to perform them
in. To those children, our holidays are merely another day to them.
Happy Holidays to all!
the Ryan/Walton family
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