Saturday, December 20, 2014

Let There Be Light

This increasingly contentious world is on the verge of imploding thanks to people unable to see anyone else’s viewpoint because of their own religious blinders or cultural bias. 

Or maybe just plain ignorance.  

When I first saw the headline for this article in the Washington Post, I didn’t realize that the story originated less than ten miles from my house. Good grief. Not exactly the way I'd like my area to hit the national news.

Wouldn’t it be nice if people could step away from their own blazing egocentrism and not only consider that there might be other beliefs in the world, but offer them some respect as well?

Meanwhile, in Welcome Words land, on December 24th my grandchildren will observe the last day of Hanakkuh by lighting all the candles on the Menorah their parents have brought with them from New Jersey.

Then we’ll all go to bed in anticipation of getting up too early the next morning so we can see what Santa left in the stockings and to open our Christmas gifts. 


  1. Now there's a blended Christmas for you...I like it...a lot.

  2. Religion brings us together and tears us apart!

  3. I know, right? why is it so hard to recognize and respect other religious viewpoints, even if you do think yours is the only right one. Is the guy that ignorant or that stupid or worse, that contemptuous of other people? if the situation had been reversed, that guy would have probably been insulted and incensed. we live in a multi-cultural, multi-religious world and country. that is what makes it such a wonderful diverse place. jesus is not the reason for the season. the reason for the season is much much older, the solstice and the return of the light. that is expressed many different ways by many different people and christmas is only one expression. it is total arrogance to think that just one group should have total claim to the season. best to remember to treat others they way you want to be treated.

    btw, I rejected christianity in my late teens, early 20s. my husband is jewish and so we raised the kids that way. we had the same type of celebrations...hannakah at home, christmas at my family's house. personally, I don't adhere to any religion. not an atheist but my concept of the source is about as diametrically opposed from the big daddy in the sky god as it can get.

  4. I wonder how soon we will reach the lowest common denominator, and what it will be.
    In the meantime, happy run up to Christmas to you!

  5. You are so right. It's unbelievable how biased and prejudiced some people can be.

  6. We have a very un-traditional Christmas in my family: we don't do anything but enjoy our day together. I know little to nothing about the Jewish traditions, but I love the idea of the Festival of Light. Plus, if I'm not mistaken Christmas is only celebrated at the winter solstice to steal the thunder from the pagans! :-)

  7. "Wouldn't it be nice if..."
    Yes it would. and wouldn't it be nicer if, after stepping away, they could stay and learn about the others> Beliefs, cultures, way of life etc. We could be a truly multi-cultural world.

  8. Merry Christmas! How ever people celebrate it is a family time and that is good this day and age:)


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