Merry Christmas 2012 @ alexgtsakumis,com
There is something to be said about journeys.
I spent the better part of the last week amazed at the one Christmas has taken just in the last few years. Where it became an essential part of extracting the very special nature of this most blessed holiday, for the politically correct among us to demand that ‘Happy Holidays’ replace ‘Merry Christmas’, the world, indeed, appears to have returned to its axis of sensibility and reason.
‘Merry Christmas’ from my friends in the Hindu, Sikh and Ismaili communities poured in through the holidays, all while the rabid howls of the politically correct die a death deserved.
And the very same warmth, I received, from my great friends the Jews.
No differently than how I would greet them through, say, Ramadan or Hannukah (both of which I acknowledge, and, frankly, enjoy a great deal). If there is something, anything, that we might learn from days like these, surely to God, it must be how different, but really, the same we all are. Perhaps through trying to understand each other better, we will allow our faiths to bring us back from where those very same faiths have abandoned us: in war and strife.
Even if you do not happen to believe in the Christ child’s holy birth, the story is revealing of the best this world has to offer: Peace, joy, and, of course, beginning.
It is a time of great love, understanding and togetherness.
My family joins me in extending to each and every one of my readers, supporters, critics–yes, even the haters, our best wishes for a blessed Christmas season, and may the new year be one of hope, health and happiness; love and laughter for each and every one of you.
Thank you for sharing your lives with me through the year. It’s a privilege I do not accept lightly. And thank you for continuing to make this the most read blog in BC. That, too, is not something that I recognize or accept, without a respectful nod and tip of the hat to all of you who dwell here; that make this such a wonderful experience.
Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones.
”Think where man’s glory most begins and ends, And say my glory was I had such friends.”
-William Butler Yeats-