Happy Holidays

I want to create good will this December.

If I know you are Jewish, I will wish you “Happy Hanukkah.

If I know you are Christian, I will wish you “Merry Christmas.”

If I know you are African-American, and I know you celebrate Kwanzaa, I will wish you “Happy Kwanzaa.” If I know you are Christian, I may also wish you “Merry Christmas.”

If I know you are Pagan, I will wish you “A Cool Yule.”

If I know you are Muslim, and I know you celebrate this holiday, on December 1, I wish you a happy Prophet Mohammad’s (pbuh) Birthday. Note: The holiday passed before this blog  published. Next year, it will be about 11 days earlier, so, just before Thanksgiving. Some Muslims do not celebrate this holiday, because it celebrates a man and not God.

If I know you are Buddhist, on December 8, I will wish you “Happy Bodhi Day”. (That’s the day when Siddhartha Gautama attained enlightenment under the Bodhi Tree and became the Buddha.)

If you are someone I see casually in a store or on a street, I will wish you “Happy Holidays.” Because in America, a person has religious freedom.

If you are someone I care about, I will either wish you “Happy Holidays” or take the time to ask whether you celebrate Kwanzaa or Christmas or Hanukkah or Solstice/Yule or some other holiday or no holiday at all, this time of year.

In that way, I might learn more about you before the new year.