Many people forget what the meaning of this time of year is. It's not hard to do so with all of the hustle and the bustle of the malls, stores and everything. The long wish list to Santa, list of relatives and people to buy for. Lets not forget that added grocery bill just for that night we have our Holiday feast with family and friends. Parties, food and for some booze.
There are 4 holidays in this month that I know of off the top of my head. The main one people hear about is Christmas. I have seen things posted on Facebook since right after Thanksgiving talking about Jesus is the Reason for the Season. Some also state if you don't say Merry Christmas then you aren't American to let me help you pack so you can leave OUR country. The first post about Jesus doesn't bother me, because yes Jesus is ONE reason for the season. The other however boils my blood, because America is a rainbow and NOBODY has the right to say if someone else is an American or not.
I decided yesterday after seeing post on Facebook about the reason for the season to post up every reason for the season. I started with Hanukkah and worked my way down to Christmas.
The post is as follows:
"Reason for the Season: Hanukkah - In 165 BCE, the Jews were forced to worship an evil king's gods. The king drove the Jews out of their Holy Temple.
Judah Maccabee, a great hero of the Jewish people, along with a small group of fighters, fought back the king's armies. Judah led the people back to the Holy Temple to relight the menorah but he found only one jar of oil, enough to last for one night.
God performed a miracle and the oil lasted for 8 nights.
Kwanzaa - It was developed by Ron Karenga after the Watts riots of the 1960's. For 6 days, Blacks in LA rioted in response to mindless and rampant police brutality by the LAPD, job and housing discrimination. People were killed, thousands injured, thousands arrested. Karenga developed this holiday to help bring Blacks together peacefully and to help them feel better about themselves.
Yule/Winter Solstice - Yule is the pagan high holy day most closely celebrated to the Christian Christmas. It is held at the Winter Solstice and celebrates the return of the Sun, born of the goddess. the Holly King brings gifts to Pagan children at this time of year.
(sorry that sounds a lot like Christmas... the birth of the son and someone bringing gifts.lol)
Christmas - To celebrate the birth of Christ and to be reminded of good will toward our neighbor.
Every single one of these Holidays this season bring the same meaning. Love, Compassion and Miracles to be praised and celebrated. The miracle of life and the free will to love. Seasons Greetings everyone. :)"
The Reason for the Season is different for many faiths, but one thing stands the same for all of us.
The Reason for the Season is to remind us of humanity. Love, Compassion and what it means to LIVE. Life itself is a miracle given to each and every one of us. I don't know about any of you, but I myself am a walking talking miracle. Many miracles for that fact. If law of physics had it's way I wouldn't be sitting here writing this blog post right now.
My children are each miracles especially my youngest. Many times he should have arrived early and with him being a cleft child he wouldn't have survived. From me having low potassium and should have not only been in early labor, but also had problems with my heart as well to a car wreck I was in that the doctors were surprised I didn't go into early labor with him.
If people would just step back and look at the things they have been blessed with in life and not worry about oh what to get so and so for Christmas or even what they hope to get for Christmas then maybe this time of year would go back to being what it is really about. To celebrate our lives and the loved ones we have here with us today. Celebrate the lives of the ones we miss from the years past who are no longer with us.
There are many people who have started out at the top. Had everything they could want and provided everything that not only their kids needed, but what their kids wanted. They fell and when they did it was hard for them and their children. They grow and they learn fast what the real meaning to life is about. It is not about that big screen tv or the latest video game. It isn't about fighting people at Black Friday Sales and how many gifts are under the tree before and after Santa's late night ride. It is about family and the strength love gives them.
Myself and my family are going to start our own family traditions so our children can learn what the real meaning is. I have noticed my older two get it (youngest is slowly, but he is still just a tot) and they love to give not just receive. Just need to teach now that it doesn't matter if it came from a store it is the thought that counts. We will make ornaments each year and homemade gifts for family and friends. My children this year also only asked Santa for one thing a piece instead of writing out a list of expensive things they honestly don't need. We also asked anyone giving gifts to the kids to make sure that they give educational gifts. Things of practicality. We want to leave the goodies for Santa and Grandma.
We will be starting a school project of selling crafts that the kids and I make on Etsy in the new year. We hope to earn some money doing so, because the money will be saved up. Next year around this time of the year the kids will split their earnings in half and donate it or buy toys to donate to a church, organization or something.
So on that note I would like to add...
Season's Greetings to Everyone!