As I was walking down the hall of a medical building the other day I noticed a Christmas wreath on one of the doctor’s doors. It jumped out at me because it was the only one. All the other doors were bare. It occurred to me that every office door, every business, used to be adorned with decorations, with trees in the lobbies, holiday music playing everywhere to the point of driving one insane. Not so much anymore.
I mentioned it to a receptionist at my destination office, who pointed out that everyone is being politically correct, not wanting to offend or leave anyone out. I get that. But haven’t we gone to extremes here?
Instead of eliminating any religious holiday, why don’t we expand it to cover all who are celebrating something at this time of year? Instead of eliminating holidays, why can’t we be all-inclusive? There are symbols for all that we can display. Certainly we can do a New Year’s display, a winter display, something!
The world is a little crazy right now. There’s so much around us that’s depressing, sad, heartbreaking and downright frightening. We need joy in our lives like we’ve never needed it before!
Any reason to celebrate is worth doing. Why not hang some skiing and ice skating photos and a sign that says “Celebrate Winter”? Or hang some photos of children of all races and ethnicities laughing and a sign that says “Celebrate children”? We can hang symbols of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and New Year’s with a sign that says “Celebrate!”
Hang balloons and streamers or whatever brings you joy and pipe up music of all kinds, but for goodness sake, let’s celebrate!
Earlier blogs from Rosy Prose’s column, The View From Here, are available on ACT TWO.