The War on Christmas

So I’ve been seeing and hearing an awful lot of noise about this “war on Christmas.” And I can’t help but shake my head in disappointment. There is NOT a war on Christmas. Let me repeat that, THERE IS NOT A WAR ON CHRISTMAS!

Advent Wreath

I get so irritated when I hear someone say “happy holidays’ and the person they say it to responds with something along the lines of ‘oh, you mean happy Christmas.” No, jerk. I mean happy holidays. If I meant happy Christmas I would have said that. You know why I didn’t say that? Probably because if I don’t know you, I don’t know which holiday you celebrate.

In case you have forgotten, Christmas is not the only holiday in December. Just because you don’t happen to celebrate any of the others doesn’t mean they don’t happen. And to insist that other people say happy Christmas is not only ignorant, but incredibly rude, intolerant and downright stupid.

Just because you celebrate Christmas doesn’t mean you get to force Christmas on everyone else. And that goes for the other holidays, as well. If you celebrate Hanukkah, that’s awesome. Kwanzaa? Fantastic! And for those of you who get annoyed and upset because you’re starting to see more and more Hanukkah and Kwanzaa stuff at the stores, why are you upset? Why can’t those holidays be just as over commercialized and their meanings just as lost, too? Are we really so selfish as a society that we’re also trying to control who’s holiday gets to be the most commercialized?

Menorah for Hanukkah

So, when I say Happy Holidays, I’m not saying it to wage war on Christmas. I’m saying because I don’t know which of the many and wonderful December holidays you celebrate. And if you were a polite human being you would respond with a simple, ‘thank you. And a Happy (insert your holiday here).” Since I’m a smart person, I’ll figure out you’re telling me which holiday to tell you to enjoy the next time we should meet.

Kinara for Kwanzaa

So, Happy Holidays, Happy Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa and Happy Festivus to all of you. And if you don’t celebrate at all because you don’t believe in any of it, well then, Happy Solstice and Happy December.

Happy December

Happy Winter Solstice

Reflections of 2010

Just over a year ago, Brett and I embarked on what many people would consider a scary adventure. At the time, I didn’t think it was so scary – but in hindsight I understand why people would be concerned for us.

What was this scary adventure? We moved. No big deal really. People move all the time (I mean, I once moved seven times in 18 months). What made this move different was that we had no jobs (I’d quit mine to make the move and Brett had been laid off ten months before that). We sold our home and while we had a place to live, we hadn’t purchased a new home prior to our move.

Essentially, we were homeless and jobless.

But I was never really worried. We have a great support network and had a place to live as soon as we arrived in Kansas. The next day, Brett had a job and a week later, so did I.

Looking back at the year that’s passed I feel truly blessed to have had such a great year knowing that there are many people who did not have the good fortune Brett and I have had.

So, here are my reflections of why 2010 was such a great year:

1) The previously mentioned move. My only reservation when we decided to leave Texas was “I’m going to have to make new friends.” I’d spent three years making the few friends I had in Texas and if you know me well, you know making friends is hard for me. But after a year in my new state I am happy to say I’ve made some great friends and look forward to spending more years with them.

2) Landing great jobs. As I said earlier, neither Brett or I had a job when we left Texas. We both had interviews lined up, but no offers. During a year where many people were still losing their jobs, I feel fortunate to have been offered a job I truly enjoy. Same thing for Brett. I like that he likes his job and is very active and involved with the company for whom he works.

3) The addition of family members: April brought the birth of my second niece Riley Ann Wilmoth. She is a doll. The year also included my brother’s marriage to Desira Croney and Janine and Clayton’s engagement. It was a busy year!

4) Milestones: Brett’s 30th birthday. Ronnie’s 21st and Janine’s 20th. Maura Lee turned 1 and my youngest nephew Logan started pre-school and Lucas is in Kindergarten. Brett’s oldest niece (and Goddaughter) Amelia started preschool also. Lots of babies were born and conceived this year. Too many to list, but what a joy! And weddings! And engagements! Same thing. Congratulations to all our recently wedded and engaged friends and to the new parents and parents to be!

5) First steps: In August I started school again after a four year break. It was something I wanted to do and I always knew I would go back to finish. This year felt like the right time. I was EXCITED to finish. I still have a couple more classes but hopefully, a year from now I’ll be writing that I’ve completed my degree. I’m looking forward to that.

6) Perhaps my favorite thing about 2010 is that it’s one more year that Brett and I spent together. It wasn’t always an easy year – but we made it through the year. Together. We celebrated four years of togetherness in August. I think this year more than any other brought us closer together and confirmed what we already knew – we’re crazy about each other. Well, maybe I’m just crazy, but we really really like each other a whole lot. (:

So, like I said, 2010 has been a great year. I’m excited for 2011. Specifically for a new niece or nephew (NEPHEW!) from Ronnie and Des and for Elyse and Will’s wedding in September. Most of all August, for a fifth celebration with Brett.

I hope your 2011 is just as rad!

Happy New Year, you awesome Humans!