“A wise old owl lived in an oak;
The more he saw the less he spoke;
The less he spoke the more he heard...
Why can't we all be like that bird?”
― Edward Hersey Richards




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Merry...ummm, Holidays?

1] There seems to be a big 'push' in Blogland about the term "Happy Holidays" vs. "Merry Christmas". I read at least once a day in blog posts or comments something like this: "What happened to 'Merry Christmas'?"  Or:  "What happened to the "CHRIST" in Christmas?" Nothing, actually. It's just that saying "Happy Holidays" as a greeting means treating everyone equally rather than showing favoritism towards just those who celebrate Christmas. Christmas is just one day during December. Personally, I see absolutely nothing wrong with the salutation given to someone you don't know; 'Happy Holidays'. Which religion are they? Sure, for Christians Merry CHRISTmas is apropos. But, all in this world are not Christians. Yet, you want to be friendly towards one another throughout....right? An upstanding citizen of anywhere in the world is supposed to love thy neighbor. At least that is the way I was brought up. Loving the neighbor [either next door, next state, or a whole 'nother country]...so, in my way of thinking, wishing someone Happy Holidays is perfectly fitting. And more respectful in terms of being the kind human and being that we all should be. When you don't know for sure what a person is celebrating, I ask....what is so terrible about giving them a smile along with a warm "Happy Holidays"? The season is not only about Christmas...it's Hanukkah, Boxing Day, Kwanzaa, New Year's Eve, and probably more that I can't recall as I type this...the month of December is a 'holiday season'. And yet some don't observe anything, period. If a good person is what we're supposed to be...friendly and loving and kind and giving --- I, as you can see by my blog,  observe Christmas---then trying to be less single minded,  I can try to be unselfish in my thinking, and realize that the holiday season, the month of December, is not all Christian

2] I want GRIMM and NCIS back!    LOL ---For Grimm, I read online that the continuing episodes are not going to return to regular scheduling until March 8th?!!! That's a long 3 months to wait to see what happens after the cliffhanger in November of 2012?!!!

3] One more week 'til my sister arrives in Texas for a couple weeks with Bud and me!!

4]  I'm looking forward to the upcoming release of Les Miserables movie, starring Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway. It opens Christmas Day, but I doubt we'll not go see it in the theater 'til after my sister and b-i-l go back to Colorado. I especially look forward to seeing a favorite British celebrity --- Eddie Redmayne. He was so good in his role of the mini-series, Pillars of the Earth and then, Stafford in the Other Boleyn Girl and Thomas Babington in Elizabeth the Golden Age.  I predict some Oscar nominations for actors/actresses/movie.



5] Speaking of Les Miserables...with my eyesight not being what it was years ago,  the book by Hugo  would be too difficult to read 'cause of such small print in the huge volume!! But, I'm now able to read it with a Kindle Reader!! And large print!! Been reading it this last week --- on the cold days. Cold? Yes indeedy. One day this week the low was in the 40s. I like it!!

6] Here's Eddie Redmayne by the way [sweet!! just look at those freckles! those eyes!  that tousled hair!]  I realize he's young enough to be my son, but whoa.  Heck, Demi Moore can do it --guess I can dream.  I dreamed a dream....:


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36 comments :

  1. I love you, and your attitude.

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    1. I just don't understand how "happy holidays" is so wrong in some people's minds.

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  2. aaah, another kindle fan... i'm a total convert. hubby hates it though, buy them books is far too easy...

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    1. I never thought I'd say this, but Kindle is super. It helps me read 'the fine printed books' with text enlargement capabilities.

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  3. I find wishing everyone a Bah-humbug is equally offensive and therefore not discriminating at all.

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    1. I love this response Wayne!!

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  4. When I say Happy Holidays I'm referring to the ENTIRE season in one fell swoop. If I'm talking about one I say Merry Christmas or Happy New Year. If I knew anyone who was celebrating Channuka I'd say Happy Channuka to them.

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    1. ...exactly, but if you don't know the person you meet on the street...Happy Holidays is going the best route.

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  5. I saw your picture on Mrs.444 with the Les Miz guy & I was like "She's my friend" - I'm counting down to the movie... SO EXCITED!!!!!!

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  6. i hear you friend ... i think you can say Happy Holidays & it means no less or more than ever. you can hold on to your love (your own views) for Christmas no matter what. how you feel is there no matter what. it carries on. i guess i understand what others are iffy about ... they wish not to offend any one. which i get but you can't forget your heritage too. you know. love your post today.

    love those freckles. so cute!!

    i love my kindle. ( :

    i wish to see that too ... Anne Hathaway is a great actress ... lots of other great ones are in that movie as well.

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    1. I know I'm looking forward to the movie/musical. And yep, the Kindle is a wonder.

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  7. I am also going to see Les Miserables as soon as it comes out. I saw the 60 Minutes segment with Hugh Jackman and it sure did whet my appetite to see that movie. I use my iPad2 for reading books, but if I didn't already have one, I'd be buying a Mini. My brother did and loves it, and he also has a Kindle, but the old B&W one. My sister loves her Kindle. :-)

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    1. ...someone else blogged about the 60minute/Jackman segment...dang, no tv here so I may have to go see if I can find it online.

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  8. You want NCIS back?? Where's it going????

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    1. ...just on winter hiatus...returning in the Spring probably.

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  9. I totally agree with you about "Happy Holidays." We do like sending out Christmas cards, but since not all of our friends celebrate Christmas, we make sure they say something like, "Season's Greetings," or "Happy Holidays" or something like that.

    And, whoa. What's going on with NCIS? My husband and I just watched this past Tuesday...?

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    1. ...wasn't it a repeat? Dang, maybe I'm gonna have to check online to see. There y'go...Happy Holidays or Season's Greetings makes more sense to those who 'don't do Christmas'.

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  10. Happy Friday Anni
    We love your new header. Have you started posting more now? We hope you, Mr. B, Winnie and Tahoe are doing well and looking forward to a great Holiday season.
    Hugs Madi and Mom

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    1. I will be blogging until next week sometime when I take another break for the holidays.

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  11. I love your honesty and I like you don't see anything wrong with Happy Holidays to people we meet on the streets. I know that my faith is strong and I remember the Reason for the Season upon us. I was also taught that you love thy neighbor no matter what.
    Love all those freckles!!! I also want a kindle so bad.
    Hugs

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    1. Yep, the reason for the season, but for everyone else...it's happy holidays. If you ever get a Kindle, you'll really like it I'm sure.

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  12. I've been MIA for a while - not really much to blog about lately, but I have enjoyed catching up reading your posts. You bring a smile to my face and I agree with Denise - what an awsome attitude! Happy Holiday!! :)

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    1. ...why, thanks Janet. You and Denise made my day with such positive words for me.

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  13. I went to a Catholic elementary school and I had friends on my Saturday bowling team who were Jewish. I've pretty much always said "Happy Holidays" to people I don't know. That's respect.

    I have a Nook, but same as your Kindle; nothing at all wrong with a b0ook that takes it easy on your eyes so you can enjoy reading it!!

    Very cool to have your sister for Christmas and New Year's! Enjoy!!

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    1. ...yes, respect. Which so many times and circumstances, it's ignored completely these days. Our daughter has Nook.

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  14. I totally agree with your thoughts on holiday greetings.

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    1. I wondered how your readers would comment. I SO AGREE with you. All the time you hear 'taking the Christ out of Christmas'. Well, it seems to me that with all the commercialism of Christmas.....I could go on but I won't.
      You made so many good points in this post. I was brought up that you love and respected others even if they weren't like you. Our country was founded by people who wanted to practice their religion the way they saw fit and I believe that goes for those who aren't Christian but have other faiths. Well done Anni!
      I have a Kindle app on my iPad and I love it!! I still like the smell and feel of a new book but technology has won me over.

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    2. Ann....I find it amazing that so many agree but never comment. Hmmmm.

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    3. Carletta....thanks for being honest and giving so much positive feedback.

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  15. I am guilt of wanting Merry Christmas.
    And I want to see Les Miserables myself!
    Merry Christmas.
    sandie

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    1. ...love the story...love the broadway musical...hoping this will be good as a movie.

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  16. I say Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to you Anni...covering all bases. I guess Happy Holidays is kinda non-denominational since devotion seems to have some celebration between Thnaksgiving and New years. I too am looking forward to Les Mis...heard great things about it.

    If you feel up to s good story, Shannon Lawrence and I are hosting a blogfest next Friday for the Apocalypse (ya know the Mayan calendar running out). Stop by and check out the details...

    http://apackalipsnow.blogspot.com/2012/12/todays-apocalypse-sign-choose-your.html

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    1. Chuck, you always crack me up. Gotta love your sense of humor and ingenious thoughts. By the way, I won't be online after the 20th, so I'll just add your blogfest button to my sidebar, in hopes it'll bring in a participant or two.

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  17. I've always said Merry Christmas, it's the way I was raised and will continue to do so....if anyone else wishes me Happy Holidays, Happy Hannukah, etc, that's fine by me, I'm not insulted but...I'll always say Merry Christmas! lol All this "politically correct" stuff is driving me bonkers.

    I heard on our news today that Les Miserable was going to be shown at our cinemas on Christmas Day. I'd love to see it but will probably wait until it comes out on dvd. I haven't been to the cinema since the 90's lol xoxo

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    1. ...I was just telling Bud yesterday that I will probably want to see this more than once on the BIG screen. LOL

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