There’s this hangover 60s gene that resides in my person that simply says “let it be” when it comes to most things but when one of my grandkids’ school cancelled a Christmas concert because a number of the kids attending that school have different beliefs my “let it be” gene steps aside and my “what the hell” gene leaps to attention.
I’m all for diversity in cultures and peoples…it makes life interesting and a big part of my early life (in that decade of the Sixties) was steeped in tolerance and understanding. We weren’t forced to be ‘politically correct’ but unknowingly most of us were. Most believed that we all share this planet and each of us had the right to live his/her life the way they chose.
What brought this to a boil was a media report that certain groups felt that celebrating Christmas by way of a group of kids singing and dancing was somehow trying to sway these children to Christianity and away from their own beliefs. Yeah, right. These are probably the same people that get upset when you wish them Merry Christmas on the street or in stores. Sorry folks you’ll get a “Merry Christmas” from me every time…like it or lump it.
As far as should Christmas concerts be cancelled…anyone ever ask the children?
Another of my grandkids did have a “Christmas” concert (a big shout out to the staff of Summit Elementary School for keeping this tradition). On that stage were children of all ages and seemingly every race and, I suppose, religion. From kindergarten to Grade 7 they worked together on a particularly impressive presentation. They were all smiling and laughing, wrestling with each other before the lights came up and helping each other when lines were forgotten. A little United Nations brought together to sing in peace and harmony (well…kinda harmony).
It just happened to be called a Christmas concert and when something that simple can bring people together (even as young as they are) isn’t that the bigger message?
Ye of other beliefs…I respect your traditions and even take part in some of your holidays and customs. I don’t get cranky when one of your celebratory parades ties up downtown traffic for an afternoon and I will never try to convert you to whatever beliefs I have. All I ask is that you do the same.
So like it or lump it…Merry Christmas. I hope you and yours have a warm and peaceful whatever you call it and a happy and prosperous New Year.
Joyeux Noel, Feliz Navidad, Gesëende Kersfees, Gezur Krislinjden, Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah, Boas Festas e Feliz Ano Novo, Nedeleg laouen na bloavezh mat, Tchestito Rojdestvo Hristovo, Gun Tso Sun Tan’Gung Haw Sun, Kung His Hsin Nien bing, Chu Shen Tan, Yukpa, Nitak Hollo Chito, Mitho Makosi Kesikansi, Sretan Bozic, Prejeme Vam Vesele Vanoce a stastny Novy Rok, Glædelig Jul, Zalig Kerstfeast, Jutdlime pivdluarit ukiortame pivdluaritlo!, Hyvaa joulua, Froehliche Weihnachten, Mele Kalikimaka, Shub Naya Baras, Mele Kalikimaka ame Hauoli Makahiki Hou!, Kellemes Karacsonyi unnepeket, Gledileg Jol, Selamat Hari Natal, Idah Saidan Wa Sanah Jadidah, Nodlaig mhaith chugnat, Ojenyunyat Sungwiyadeson honungradon nagwutut, Ojenyunyat osrasay, Buone Feste Natalizie, Shinnen omedeto. Kurisumasu Omedeto, Sung Tan Chuk Ha, Merry Keshmish, God Jul or Gledelig Jul, Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia, Feliz Natal, Pozdrevlyayu s prazdnikom Rozhdestva is Novim Godom, Hristos se rodi, Vesele vianoce, Nollaig chridheil huibh, Sretam Bozic, Vesela Nova Godina, Hristos se rodi, Srozhdestvom Kristovym, Chung Mung Giang Sinh.