Christians across the globe are participated in the biggest annual religious observation by all the different shades in the Christendom, and the most beautiful part of this for me is, the re emphasizing the core value in the teachings of Jesus Christ ‘PEACE’. Here in America it is the time for our cities to be grace in the seasonal colors of red and green, with beautiful lights adorning our streets and wreaths hanging in front of homes and businesses.
This is one of the exceptional times in America when it is okay talk to people you don't know , you walk past a complete stranger and they say Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas, depending on where their faith meter is… or if they are for or against the public display of faith. One thing I love about Christmas is the way we all get all hyped up to be nice to each other and reach out to the less fortunate amongst us and it is also what makes me wonder if there is way for us to be like that all year around. Do we need some sort of religious faith and community based celebratory reminder? For example the city of Portland pride itself of being one of the few places in this country where students speak more than Ten languages, and our beautiful country also happens to be the most religious diverse country in the recent history of the world, cant we take advantage of all this and make our country and city a better place where every month we ask members of our community from different faith tradition to have a short ceremony in front of city hall and the hall ways of their Highs Schools and for the whole month we can wish each other happy that particular festival or celebratory , for example in Dec, we can say happy Hanukkah ,Yuletide or Happy Kwanzaa to every one you walk or pass by in Portland , they can chose to ignore you or respond. We can be a model for other states and some countries who are fighting against each other.. Merry Christmas , Happy Holiday and Happy New Year!!!