I celebrate Christmas. I’m a Unitarian. I do not identify myself as a Christian. While I believe Christ had a great message that I can get behind, I do not think he is the son of God. The Unitarian church is based on 7 principles.
They are :
1st Principle: The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
2nd Principle: Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
3rd Principle: Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
4th Principle: A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
6th Principle: The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
7th Principle: Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
It is because of my beliefs that I began saying happy holidays a decade ago. It wasn’t out of fear of reprisal, it was in an effort of inclusion. The message I hoped to be sending was, may you and your most beloved, spend the last and first weeks of the year being safe, grateful, and together.
At some point things changed for me. I think somewhere in the back of my mind I have been keeping a tally of how ridiculous the language around this time of year has become. When a Christmas tree became a holiday tree the gauntlet was thrown. A holiday tree? In what other religion do they bring a live tree into their home and gaudy it up with handmade or bought trickets? Answer….NONE.
My response? An example first. I say have a great weekend to customers every Friday. I don’t know what they are doing that weekend. They may be working. They may have to dig a trench. Bury their pet. The point is I am sending them away with a cup of coffee and a well wish. I hope that this is always taken in the way it is intended. I can only be me, you must do with my offer what you see fit.
So I have come all the way back to a time before political correctness made our language lose it’s meaning.
May you and your family have a very safe and merry Christmas.