Thursday, December 23, 2004
Cloudy and mild
Busy day coming up! I’m going to run around this morning delivering cakes. I’ll come back, write, pack a few more presents, and then haul in my next load of gifts to Manhattan. We’re presenting the gift tonight to the supervisor at Wicked, and I want to be there.
I got two episodes of Tapestry edited and sent off last night. A third one is almost ready. I have to rewrite another that was almost done – there’s a whole section told in passive flashback that will work better in active dialogue. I’ll be able to communicate more about the characters and move the story along.
I still have some last minute running around to do tomorrow – mostly to get some stocking stuffers.
I loved the headline in the Scotsman this morning – about the internet cutting “festive stress.” I like that term – I’ll have to use it. Frequently. In various and sundry projects.
While I enjoy shopping online, there’s also something about shopping in person that I enjoy. I don’t shop in malls – I go to small, out of the way shops or individual artisans. I end up having tea with them and talking about their views on life as I pick out presents. That’s the kind of shopping I like to do.
Even though I no longer go to church and I have problems with the mis-use of organized religion to excuse atrocity done in its name, and Yule is my holiday of faith rather than Christmas, I’m tired of the political correctness of the holiday. Since the theme of the season, no matter what the religion, is “Peace on earth, good will to ALL”, let’s do it by joining in celebrations for all religions.
In Manhattan, I used to set up my Yule tree, my Christmas decorations, a beautiful menorah, and I was hunting for a Kwanzaa set up but didn’t have it before I moved. I did participate in the Kwanzaa celebrations my neighbors threw, and it was sooo much fun.
When I was a little kid, I used to sing “Happy Birthday” to Jesus on Christmas morning. I figured everyone was fussing with what he did as an adult, but no one was wishing him Happy Birthday, and everyone should be wished “Happy Birthday”. Okay, so there’s the whole theory that he was actually born in March and all that, but since the holiday is set in late December, the season of lights, cut the kid a break and wish him “Happy Birthday”, okay?
If I know someone celebrates Christmas, I say “Merry Christmas.” If I know someone celebrates Chanukah, I say “Happy Chanukah”. If it’s Yule, it’s “Happy Yule”. If I don’t know what they celebrate, I say, “I don’t know what your holiday of choice is, but I hope you have a happy one.”
Of course, when someone says, “Well, I’m an atheist and I think it’s all crap”, I say, “Enjoy the lights anyway.”
The point is to experience peace, joy and love, and to SHARE it.
That’s different than FORCING it, saying there’s only one way. And because so many people try to shove their beliefs down everyone else’s throats, the backlash has been to segregate the holidays, and I think that’s causing more harm than good.
And as I learn more about other holidays, I’ll add them to the mix.
Granted, I start the holiday season on October 31 with Samhein, and celebrate all the way through January 6 (Twelfth Night) – you think that’s a bit excessive? But I’d like to see coherence with holidays, in that we can all partake and enjoy ALL of them. That way, we understand each others’ faiths and I think that leads to tolerance and peaceful co-existence.
I love to be included in holiday celebrations when I don’t know anything about the holiday, or when someone has completely different traditions than I do. I learn so much, and I’m HONORED to be included.
So, I merrily celebrate everything I can, and my biggest wishes are for
PEACE AND JOY IN THE WORLD.
I’ll just step off this soapbox, fold it up and tuck it right over there, and get back to work on Tapestry. Nina has to be pushed into even deeper emotional confusion so she can make yet another personal mistake over New Year’s, after she finds a body in the . . .well, you just have to subscribe to Tapestry and find out (ooh, little commercial vixen)!