Happy Holidays to All!

Happy Holidays to All!

How many times have you heard this as the holiday season approaches? Last year a lot of people were offended by hearing individuals mutter, “Merry Christmas.” I understand it because there is various ethnic backgrounds and religions living in the United States and many people who have no religious belief at all. We have to respect everyone. And since we are living in this great melting pot, I think it’s safe to exercise Happy Holidays and not exclude anyone respectfully. As the season progresses and people are getting ready to spend money they don’t have and conduct acts of kindness they wouldn’t if it wasn’t Christmas time, we are in for quite a few challenges this holiday season. Happy Holidays to All!

First of all, know that everyone this holiday season is not celebrating for whatever reason. This time of the year, when we make it through what usually feels like a challenging year, is getting harder as the years go by because some of our comrades are gone or incarcerated and the season just isn’t the same. So, Happy Holidays to all may not be so happy.

When you think about the holidays especially this time of year, we think of children. Children are usually the ones who most benefit from the spirit of Christmas because of their newness to the world and their innocence. However, there are a few adults still hanging on to the joys of Christmas but the numbers are so few it’s unrealistic. Let’s think for a minute, if you could change anything in your life to make this holiday season happy, what would you do? Would you take a much needed vacation to get away? Will you visit your parents or relatives over the holidays? Or will you stay in this season and entertain whomever drops in? Celebrating the holidays is beautiful however you celebrate as long as you’re happy. So, Happy Holidays to all!

Happy Holidays to All!

However, when I think about this Christmas and the holidays it brings a taste of mint to mind. My mother would have bowls of mint candy on the table, Christmas cookies she baked, and Eggnog available for visitors. In the end, it is the simple act of being useful, of telling stories to illustrate good technology and good people, that keeps us going. This is a gift, not just once a year at holidays, but every day we wake up and do the work we do.

There are a few things as valuable as this and we are forever grateful for the honor that is bestowed upon us by our family, friends, and customers who make our lives worth while. So, if you can muster up the happy, it’s time to deck them halls and jingle those bells while roasting chestnuts on an open fire. Happy Holidays to all!

happy holidays to all

Happy Holidays to All!

In the middle of Chanukah comes Christmas. Just as Christmas is winding down, Kwanzaa is starting up. But these three main holidays all have as an operating principle peace, love, and remembrance and it is important for the wider society to respect them.

Additionally, this time of year most people start thinking about making new year’s resolutions on how to change the old and create a new beginning. We don’t get to choose every circumstance of our life but we have more control over circumstances than we may think. The ideal is to be realistic. Nothing is really perfect but we can create perfect realities by being a little more humble and allowing kindness to come in. Be slow to speak and exercise patience for everyone.

This is a great new year’s resolution and most people need this one. If we just ponder the amount of violence that has occurred in our country, we have a lot to be thankful for that we escaped harm. This is the point of the holiday season to me. It’s time to reflect upon the many blessings of family and community. A time I use to pause, reflect and recharge, taking a break from everyone else’s emotional turmoil to clean my mental health.

happy holidays to all

So, the spirit of this season always speaks to the good that is inside all of us. A time when we are reminded to count our blessings and to take perspective on our lives and the people we love. This holiday season let us not forget to help each other in small ways and big ways if possible because what makes the holidays so wonderful is really all about the people we know and love.

In closing, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Holiday season from my family to yours. If you are on the road this holiday season, I wish you safe travels. Please keep those less fortunate or alone in mind and let’s all share the holiday spirit.

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