Dec 19, 2019
When you see a Christian cringe when they hear someone wish them “happy holidays”, the fact is that this time of year has quite a number of holidays. Most of those holidays have religious or spiritual implications, and they are not all Christian or secular. It is the time of the winter solstice, when the sun begins its return. Wiccans and a number of other pagans celebrate the birth of the divine child who takes the place of the god who died at Samhain – the holiday know of us know as Halloween. Jewish people celebrate Hanukkah, which celebrates their return from exile in Babylon and their temple coming back to life. And, of course, there is Christmas which on the surface celebrates the birth of the baby Jesus but like with many such celebrations, the implications go beyond the simplistic surface.
I have often said that I cannot understand why there is so much conflict between the various religious path, and this is an example of why I see so little conflict. So many celebrations with so many different names, but all celebrate the basic fact of new beginnings!