Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas. - Calvin Coolidge
Happy Hanukkah to all followers of the Jewish faith. O.K. Before we get our shirt in a knot it is no secret that Jesus did not celebrate Christmas. He was a devout Jew who preached in the Synagogue, and celebrated the Passover and Hanukkah.
I don't celebrate Hanukkah, and wouldn't have even known it was Hanukkah if I hadn't been listening to the radio on Sunday, December 6 while I was preparing to write the first draft of my Christmas greeting and blog. The program host mentioned that December 6 was the beginning of the eight days of Hanukkah this year. This started me thinking about celebrations in general. When someone is celebrating a birthday, and we hear about it, we wish them a Happy Birthday. When someone is celebrating an anniversary, we wish them a Happy Anniversary. We might hardly know them. It's not our celebration, but if we hear about their celebration we wish them well.
So, I wish all followers of the Jewish faith a Happy Hanukkah. If I hear of people of any other religion celebrating a feast that promotes peace and good will, I am all for it and wish them the best.
Just as it takes nothing away from me to recognize the celebrations of others, I hope others can see that it takes nothing from them to wish me a "Merry Christmas" - the state of mind of peace, goodwill and mercy. For me, the celebration began on Sunday, December 6. That afternoon our daughter-in-law, son and granddaughter had invited us to attend the Prairie Christmas Celebration, a presentation of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. The music, songs and stories were an awesome celebration of the beginning of the Christmas season. I invite you to join me in the Christmas state of mind by clicking on the Nativity scene and I invite all who desire "peace on earth and goodwill toward man" to be part of a very Merry Christmas and a Joyous, Peaceful New Year.
Gerald M. Sliva
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