Proper Holiday Greetings

I didn’t start celebrating Christmas until I was 10 years old. My siblings and I had just immigrated to the United States. And even though we were not Christians, my parents felt obligated by the new culture of the Western ways to celebrate — at least in the Christmas decorations and gift giving part. You know that old saying, “If you can’t beat them… join them.” Personally, I was too young to neither care nor understand about the religious inclination and the true meaning of Christmas. Just like any kid, I thought Christmas was the best holiday ever because of all the presents, tasty foods, and beautiful decorations. As I got older and learned the meaning of Christmas, I became disillusioned about celebrating a holiday that wasn’t part of who I am. But like my parents, I felt obligated to celebrate it. Over the years, seems like the true meaning of Christmas have been abandoned and instead it’s replaced by commercialism and greed of the retail world. I find myself falling to the same trap of buying gifts that I didn’t have the money for but did it anyway because I didn’t want to disappoint friends and family. Then dealing with the stress of paying back the debt on my credit cards. I thought to myself, “This isn’t what Christmas is about. We shouldn’t be subject to forced spending…” Finally about 5 years ago I decided to stop celebrating Christmas, when I felt my kids were old enough to understand my reason — I wanted to be free from this yearly obligation of celebrating a holiday that wasn’t me.

I been pondering on which politically correct greetingΒ  to use — Is it Happy Holidays? Merry Christmas? And decided to wish everyone Peace and Happiness instead. πŸ™‚


8 Comments on “Proper Holiday Greetings

  1. “Seasons greetings!” is a fairly bland greeting we use in the UK to avoid the religious undertones. So – Seasons Greetings, Emily!
    Personally I think it’d be much nicer to celebrate the start of new seasons, though here in Wales, I wouldn’t know when that is!

  2. I totally understand your point Emily. We do the same here, just buy gifts for kids – don’t want to disappoint them and it’s too early for them to understand.

    I wish you Peace and Happiness as well.

    • Thanks Sasi… just want you to know it has been a pleasure knowing you through your blog and amazing photos. I’m looking forward to seeing more next year. Take care, and Happy New Year! πŸ˜€

  3. Unless I know otherwise, I usually use Happy Holidays at this time of year. πŸ˜€ I can totally understand your thoughts, we tend to not buy presents for the adults but continue to for the kidlets (well, with the exceptions of perhaps an L lens for myself..hehehe). Having said that, I wish you the happiest of holidays and may your next year be full of peace and contentment.

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