Monday, December 15, 2014

Happy Effing Holidays!

If I seem a little disgruntled it's because since I retired, I don't have the cash to do Christmas  as I'd like!  My limited budget takes all the fun out of shopping, and my family keeps getting bigger!  As a result, I don't think I'd miss the holiday if it didn't come at all.  

Putting up and decorating a tree has become a major chore, so we bought a small, artificial tree to make things easier.  Yesterday I finally put it up and decorated it (this 3-foot bit of yuletide joy) and then I proceeded to knock it over accidentally this morning, and nearly every ornament fell off--so I was back to square one!  Luckily, with it being only 3 feet tall and sitting on a 1-foot tall box, at least no ornaments were broken.

Now, to the other thing that has me disgruntled:  The big broohah regarding "Merry Christmas"  and "Happy Holidays". 

This time of year represents holidays for people of many faiths and beliefs.  For example:

Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus on December 26th, the day we refer to as Christmas.

Buddhists celebrate Bodhi Day on December 8th, when they celebrate the enlightenment of their religious leader, Buddha.

Eid-al-Adha is celebrated by Muslims on December 10th, the Festival of Sacrifice.

Hanakkuh is an 8-day Jewish observance which begins on the 25th day of Kislev, according to the Hebrew calendar.  (Thank you, fishducky for catching my error!  I think my brain was on overload from the plethora of holidays I found in December!)

Diwali, the Festival of Light, is a 5-day celebration observed by those in Tobago, Malaysia, India, Surinam, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad as well as other countries where Hindus abide.

Las Posadas, which translates as The Inn, is celebrated from December 16th through December 24th in Mexico, Guatamala, and the southern  parts of the United States.

Kwanza, an ancient African harvest festival is celebrated from December 26th through January 1 by African Americans.

Boxing Day is celebrated on December 26th in New Zealand, and parts of Canada and Britain.

Hogmanay, a celebration of the year's end is observed December 31 through January 2 in Scotland, and by those of Scottish descent.

So, the next time you hear someone say, "Happy Holidays!" know that they are being inclusive of all religions and cultures with special days dear to their hearts in December.  Don't get all up tight thinking they're taking "Christ" out of Christmas; they are wishing you well, along with others who chose to celebrate this time of year! 

 Christians are not the only people on earth, or even in this country, so lighten up!  This is a happy time of year for many, not just those who follow Jesus.  

Happy Holidays to all!



Melissa Bo said...

Happy Holidays! =)

A Beer For The Shower said...

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah and everything else in between! As long as we're celebrating love and happiness with our families, I don't care what it's called.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Thanks so much for that, Eva. I celebrate Hanukkah and just try to get into the holiday spirit. sadly, as you know, not everyone else does. Sheesh.

So sorry about your tree and the ever growing expense of the holidays. My family (who does celebrate Christmas) finally decided to "draw names" and buy one $20 gift instead of 28 budget-breaking ones. It's soooo much easier.

Hope you get into the holiday spirit.
xoxo jj

Stephen Hayes said...

I haven't heard from you in a while and I'm curious why this post didn't show up on my blogroll. It's good to know you haven't disappeared completely.

BLissed-Out Grandma said...

Oh, Eva, I'm so glad you posted this! You said it with a combination of facts and strong words, and it's great. Now, we just need to figure out how you can get back to enjoying the season. Drawing names is one approach; a single gift to be shared by each family is another possibility.

Eva Gallant said...

Melissa: Thanks and right back at you!

ABFTS: I agree!

Joanna: You're welcome! I'm working on that spirit thing!

Stephen: I haven't been around much, but I'm hoping to improve!

Eva Gallant said...

Blissed: I'm you liked it! A and thanks for caring!

Gail said...

Happy Holidays to you. I totally agree. The greeting takes nothing away but adds a greeting to all who celebrate.

I don't talk much anymore because I can't remember to be politically correct.

Jayne Martin said...

THIS is why I love you, Eva. Merry Effing Christmas! :)

Eva Gallant said...

Gail: Political correctness can definitely be a challenge!

Jayne: Right back at you Jayne, on all counts!

River said...

Happy Holidays to you too.
Las Posadas goes from Dec 16th to Dec 224th?? I had no idea December was such a long month there. Do they skip Jan-Aug altogether? :)

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari Om
So very good to see you up on my blogroll Eva - albeit to have a bit of a "menoloopal"!!!

You are absolutely right of course ... although Deepavalli (Diwali) was about seven weeks ago! Arguably it is the first of "Light Festivals" in your series and if anything at all it shows the commonality rather than the differences in celebration. Thank you for your rant &*>

Just think, only 15 more sleeps till it's all over... YAM xx

fishducky said...

You're welcome--but Christmas is STILL on the 25th!!

Susan Anderson said...

My budget has gone down since my husband retired, too, and I miss having that extra money to spend. This year, I'm focusing on finding "interesting" or "fun" gifts rather than big, exciting ones…with limited success. And Christmas is still saved for me by focusing on the reason for the season and such.

I agree, by the way, that there are many holidays celebrated at this time of year, and I always say "happy holidays" to non-Christians. I just want to be sure that it doesn't become politically incorrect to say Merry Christmas at all, even when it is indeed Christmas you are specifically celebrating. The name of a holiday shouldn't just disappear because it is a religious holiday, in my mind. Nor would I want holidays that had their origins in religions other than Christianity to have their names changed.


Anthony Stevens said...

Happy Holidays my friend. You said it beautifully <3

Eva Gallant said...

Susan: It seems a shame that when we have more time for shopping, we have lest cash with which to shop!

Anthony: Thanks, and right back at you.

glnroz said...

Well,,, A Big Merry Christmas to you Ms. Eva. I know how you feel, lol..good to hear from you,,Glenn