© Dennis L. Dossett
(All Rights Reserved)
Holidays—so many to choose from:
Eid Al-Fitr, Christmas, Hanukkah,
Diwali, New Year’s, Thanksgiving,
Kwanzaa; Boxing Day, Rosh Hashanah,
And birthdays of sundry saints and sages—
Dozens of holy days and festivals.
Holidays of birth and death, legends and
Fables, rituals, myths, and miracles.
Holidays ancient and modern,
Holidays national and cultural.
Holidays religious and secular,
Holidays public and personal.
Holidays of tragedy, pain, and loss,
Holidays of freedom and victory.
Remembering with sadness the victims,
Honoring heroes for their bravery.
Holidays somber and sacred,
Seasons of peace and quiet reflection,
Holidays of mirth, and joy,
Seasons of friendship and warm connection.
Holidays of place and pilgrimage
Shrouded in the mists of time,
Holidays of hearth and home,
Feeling warmth and love sublime.
Celebrations of feasting and fasting
Take us back home year after year.
Traditional foods that mark the season
Warm our hearts and bring us good cheer.
And the music—oh, the music!—that
Takes us back to childhood memories.
Sweet bygone days that live on and on
In solemn songs and joyous melodies.
Sacred rites with meanings forgotten,
Passed down the ages from antiquity.
Customs new and different,
Inspiring our joy and felicity.
Customs we choose to remember,
Traditions we choose to forget,
People whose love we hold dearly,
And those we let go with regret.
Holidays celebrated with fervor,
Holidays ignored, in part observed,
Or “honored in the breach” for family’s sake,
One’s own convictions and feelings unserved.
Accepting our differences and diversity or
Rejecting them through fear and suspicion,
We choose to embrace the best in others or
Project our worst selves on a world we envision.
But if we were all the same,
How boring would that be?
It’s all“OK.” We’re all different,
And that’s all GOOD, you see.
On holidays we remember, celebrate
And honor who we were and where we came from
On our way to becoming who we are,
The launching pad for who we choose to become.
And so I choose to respect YOUR choices
And thank you for sharing YOUR light with me.
May we grow in love and understanding,
And honor YOUR customs that I may see.
No matter how you celebrate
Or what holiday you’re dreaming of,
I choose to honor YOU, YOUR Choice
With Dignity, Respect, Peace, and Love.
Yes, no matter what your holiday choices,
I wish you Joy and Love sublime,
May you find YOUR Inner Peace this season;
Relax! Enjoy! It’s Holiday Time!