You want a holiday in the middle of winter with no religious association? One where you can have a nice party and celebrate things like family and happiness and light and sharing and giving? Cool. All of those are good things that should be celebrated. And you know what? We have a perfectly good day to do that on. It's called New Year's Day. I'll join you. We can raise a glass to all of the good things that we can all celebrate as fellow human beings. The world needs that. Let's do it on New Year's when we already have the day off anyway.
But leave Christmas to the Christians. You don't try to over-run other holidays. No one is trying to turn Eid in to World Happiness day. Or Pesach into the Festival of Leavening Awareness. Sure we all want to get along and share our mutual thoughts and feelings. But we also have times where we need to be ourselves- to be who and what we are in our innermost being. Our spirituality and beliefs are at the centre of who we are.
If we wish to celebrate who we are, we can not encourage one segment of our society to dilute the holiday that celebrates who they are.
Leave Christmas, Hanukkah, the Solstice and Kwanzaa for the people who celebrate them. There's nothing wrong with broadening our horizons and joining another group of people in celebrating their holiday. We can certainly learn a lot from each other if we respect each other's traditions. But if we are going to join them, let's remember that it's their holiday. It's not ours to change on a whim.
Then let's join together on New Year's Day to celebrate the human race and whatever else we want to celebrate that we feel the need to have a Holiday for.
The person below me celebrates another holiday besides Christmas.
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