I didn’t post last month because I decided to take part in NaNoWriMo. National Novel Writing Month. I did it, I completed 50,000 words in one month. ‘They’ were right though, that’s really not enough for an entire book. There is more to the story I wrote and I will be working on completing it in between other Holiday tasks that continually arise. Hopefully, sometime in January I will finish the book and start on my revisions. At least I did get to feel the joy of the accomplishment of participating and have something of substance to work with from it. Since I was sidetracked not only by the solid week of Thanksgiving Holidays but also by a stint serving jury duty, I feel extra proud of myself for getting that ‘winner’s badge’. Yay me. I guess I will think of it as a Christmas present for myself at this point. But maybe some year I will be able to hand out copies of my first book for Christmas presents. Now, that would be cool.
Merry Christmas to all!
I was surprised, baffled and confused by the hoopla going around facebook about taking the ‘Christ’ out of Christmas, etc. I noticed some of the Christians posting their saying about that (of which, I admit, I didn’t read the whole entire statement because it’s something that goes around every year via email, etc. and quite frankly is mostly just people blowing steam) and I thought we were all pretty much aware of this fact. Evidently, I was mistaken. Quite a few people who aren’t Christian posted some scathing replies to some of the messages I saw. Some of them were downright hateful but some were well thought out statements outlining their ideas. I was flabbergasted by some of the comments some Christians were making to the latter. They were in effect, totally forgetting what their religion is about. This saddens me, because I am a Christian. Christ was about love. Plain and simple. If you LOVE first, then everything else will fall into place. His instructions were clear and precise – “Love God, Love one another” – and from a realistic standpoint this makes TOTAL SENSE. I don’t understand why some can’t seem to grasp this concept. Which is why I made my post on facebook out of love (and a little sarcasm, I admit – is ‘lovingly sarcastic’ an accurate description?)
A copy of my post is below:
There has been much diatribe on facebook about the whole ‘Merry Christmas’ wording…So, I feel I must put my 2 cents in….to everyone I say not only ‘Merry Christmas’ but also ‘Happy Holidays’, ‘Happy New Year’, Happy Halloween, Happy Easter, Happy Valentines Day, Happy 4th of July, Happy Hannukah, and Merry whatever celebration you want to have! 🙂 Thank God and give to the poor & needy, do something nice for someone else and have a nice day! 🙂
and I added a p.s. comment reminding everyone that it’s all about LOVE.
I wonder how many crazies I’ll get commenting on it. And how many of my supposedly Christian friends will un-friend me because of my statement. Because you know some hard core “Christ” word pushers will choose to take offense rather than to enlist in a sense of humor in the spirit it was written. But that’s fine, because that won’t anger, irritate or otherwise annoy me – because I will remember what Christ is all about – and I will love them anyway.
The only thing good to come out of all the arguing is that maybe everyone will start to realize that the Christmas season (or Holiday Season if you prefer) (or those 2 weeks the kids get out of school in winter time) is supposed to be about giving something to someone who needs it. Not spending $300 on electronics. Not an excuse to shop until you overload your credit cards. If everyone would use their money to give to those who need something – imagine how much true good could be done? I’m not saying there is anything wrong with the tradition of giving a present to your family or your friend. I’m saying that FIRST you should give to a charity, a needy family, a pet adoption center, the destitute, the elderly, the lonely, etc. That is what the spirit of the season is supposed to be about and if we all concentrated on that more and arguing semantics less, we would all be more virtuous for it – and happier.
And by the way, Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! Happy Halloween, Happy Hanukkah, Joy to all, Peace be with you and Have a Nice Day ! 🙂