Celebrate Christmas after November 11
November 12, 2012
It’s understandable. As winter approaches and the mercury drops, we welcome Christmas lights to fill the winter darkness.
It doesn’t matter whether you are a Buddhists, a Jew or belong to another non-Christian religion, most might agree that your neighbour’s lights delight and help chase the winter blues away.
So, just to be clear, this is not a rant against Christmas.
But to every season there’s a time and Christmas has come too early.
Already storefronts have turned to taking advantage of the shopping frenzy that Christmas represents and have begun bombarding us with Christmas decorations, specials and reminders — while some of us haven’t even finished putting our Halloween decorations away.
There is an unlegislated etiquette that we should all prescribe to: No Christmas decorations until after Remembrance Day!
We owe it to our veterans who fought for our freedoms, freedoms that include the ability to worship in our own way. So please, put Christmas on the back burner for another week and take the time to thank those who laid down their lives so that we could live ours freely.
Join your community members in holding a moment of silence on Nov. 11 at the 11th hour to thank those who endured cold, hunger, fear, anxiety and separation from their loved ones to fight for the freedoms and way of life we enjoy today. A life without tyranny, social injustice and bigotry; way of life that embraces democracy, freedom to worship and equality and a way of life that embraces our differences and champions hard work and successes, regardless of race or creed.
We should all take a moment to be thankful to those who have given up their lives so we could live ours freely, and promise to uphold those ideals each and every day.
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