Symbols

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A Celtic pentacle

So what’s all the hoopla about saying or not saying “Merry Christmas” anyway?  I worked in a government agency for years with employees of every religion and learned how to say “Seasons Greetings” or “Happy Holidays” long ago. No one ever told me it was wrong to say Merry Christmas, but why would I wish to say something to some one that utterly didn’t pertain to them?  How arrogant would that be?

December-January every year around the solstice, items from several religious traditions are displayed on the National Mall. One year (maybe more) we had a Yule log.  My boss at the time, I and several coworkers visited that year.  Knowing I had an interest in Wicca, one of the young women in the group asked me if “they burned witches there.”  I looked at her and said, I hope not.  I found her comment insensitive but said no more.  I assume she was referring to the Yule log which is an old tradition.

Wiki says: The Yule log, Yule clog, or Christmas block is a specially selected log burnt on a hearth as a Christmas tradition in a number of countries in Europe. The origin of the folk custom is unclear. Numerous scholars have observed that, like other traditions associated with Yule (such as the Yule boar), the custom may ultimately derive from Germanic paganism.

For a very long time, I along with many others interested in religious freedom in America, petitioned the Department of Defense to allow Wiccan military to have headstones representative of their beliefs in national military cemeteries like Arlington. Finally the Department acceded to our desire after many dead from the various US battle fields were interred. Check out the site below If you want to see how diverse are/were the religions of our American military dead, many of whom were not Christian.

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http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=National+Cemetery+Headstone+Symbols&go=Search&qs=bs&form=QBIR

 

 

12 thoughts on “Symbols

  1. Thank you so much for this post, Dianne. You know how I believe. It just really saddens me to hear people complain about shop owners saying, “Happy Holidays!” Some people were even talking of not going to stores unless it said, “Merry Christmas!” I’ve heard people who even said there’s no reason NOT to say “Merry Christmas” because it’s the Christmas season. It never occurred to them that there are other holidays at this time.

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  2. The whole thing about banning the saying of Merry Christmas is just a another right wing scare tactic. You know “they’re coming to get you”… just stirring up primal fears in all those people who are afraid of anyone who believes (and looks) different than they do . Keeping the masses frightened is a great way to keep them down …. and sad to say as we saw last month, this tactic worked. We are so screwed!

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    • I don’t know what an atheist tombstone would look like. You sound more like an agnostic to me. I believe in a Higher Power…the God of My Understanding. Don’t subscribe to any religion anymore…too constraining. However, I respect others beliefs as long as they don’t try to force them on me. If they are willing to give their life for their country as was Major Khan, they deserve respect. Heck, they deserve respect anyway, and should respect others beliefs.

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