TEEN EDITORIAL: Let It Go This Month
With the holiday season in full swing, we are supposed to be immersed in joy and good will toward our fellow human beings.
Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, Winter Solstice or some other wintry holiday, the backbone of the season is the same: Give. Give gifts to your family, friends and loved ones. Give thanks for your health and the health of others. Just be sure to give.
But every year, the same things happen.
There's some religious enthusiast ranting about how "Jesus is the reason for the season" or some bleeding heart lamenting that saying Merry Christmas is too politically incorrect. There are friends and parents dreading to see their family members, fearing a Christmas dinner rife with conflict.
Neither side of the "Happy Holidays" argument has it right. And both forget the true meaning of the season.
The whole point of all these holidays is to get along with other people -- not to spread an agenda; not to make sure no one is offended. The point is just to live and let live -- agree to disagree.
Here's a solution: December should forever be known as "Let it Go Month."
Think commercialism is ruining the true meaning of Christmas? Think that saying Merry Christmas is in poor taste? Think Christmas is a made-up pagan holiday? Think that people should just stop being so darn politically incorrect?
Well, too bad, because it's "Let It Go Month." This month, just take a deep breath, have some eggnog and be the bigger person.
This constant bickering is defeating the whole purpose of the season. We are supposed to be holding hands, voices raised in song, buying gifts for those we care about, helping charities, and smiling.
Every time it seems like something is going oh-so-horribly-wrong this holiday season, take a few quiet moments to think: Is everything really that bad? Does it really matter if Wal-Mart says "Happy Holidays" or "Merry Christmas"? Does it really matter if someone decides to celebrate Kwanzaa or Hanukkah? Does it really matter that people spend millions of dollars for gifts at Christmas?
Hopefully, you'll realize the answer and fall into the spirit of "Let It Go Month."
Feel free to rant and rave and scream until you're blue in the face in January. This holiday season, just let it go.
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