Holiday Bigotry

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The other day, I read a comment on a Facebook page that made me cringe.  It was a page that celebrates the excitement of the holidays, and on a post of a “December holiday-ish” picture (read, candles, wreath, script-type font that said Happy Holidays, etc), there it was:  the awful, head-shaking comment.

Here’s the gist of the comment:  I don’t understand why people call it “the holidays”.  Only pagans celebrate Halloween and Thanksgiving is only for the U.S.A. It’s not multiple holidays–it’s just Christmas. 

I know what you’re thinking. But I got the strong sensation it was not a troll. But troll or not, such a comment as this adds to the overall separation, injustice, and ignorance of society–the world’s society, not just that of America.  Which leads me to why this comment bothered me so much…it’s the same reason why that Band-Aid song bothers me as well.  “There won’t be snow in Africa this Christmastime”…There likely won’t be snow in my neck of the woods, either…what’s your point? …And “Do they know it’s Christmastime at all?”    Contrary to popular belief, not all of the world revolves around Christmas.  I understand, the song is meant to get us greedy first world people to think outside of ourselves for once, but I still cry poor choice in lyrics. And, no, New Edition, it’s not Christmas all over the world tonight, and that’s not just due to the different time zones.

Many cultures don’t celebrate it at all, in fact.  And–gasp–! Some of those cultures are right here in the good ol’ U.S. of A.  Some groups instead celebrate Yule…or Hanukkah…or Kwanzaa, etc.   The point is, that when some “people” say “the holidays”, they are respectfully acknowledging the fact that there are more holidays this time of year than just Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

And then the assumption that only the states celebrate Thanksgiving.  Most of Canada, if I remember correctly, does so in October.

And here’s something else. “Only pagans celebrate Halloween”–this is so false, it hurts!  Never mind the blatant disrespect for pagans, as though they aren’t the aforementioned “people”.  Wow.  Just…wow.  It hurts my heart.

…Now, this comment was one of those comments where you either refuse to stand for the ignorance and bigotry behind it and comment so yourself, or you ignore it, knowing there is a chance it’s a troll, begging for attention.  I chose to ignore it there, but blog about it here.

What would you have done?  Do you agree with my assessment of this comment?

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Cover Reveal Party-The Christmas Beagle

 

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YOU’RE INVITED!

Get cozy! 

Join us November 4th, 2 to 6 PM Pacific Time, for the online cover reveal of “The Christmas Beagle”!  There will be contests, guest authors, prizes and a special surprise at the end!  And, of course, you will all get to see “The Christmas Beagle” cover!   It all takes place on my Facebook Author page, right here!

Meet Talented Authors

At 3:00 PM (Pacific Time), author April Wood will chat with us about her upcoming novel “Season of the Witch”, and at 4:00 Heather Blanton, author of “In Time For Christmas” and “A Lady in Defiance”, will take over to talk about her books.  What a great opportunity to mingle with great writers and learn more about their work!

Win Prizes!

There will be contests throughout the evening, with prizes including Starbucks gift cards and a free advanced digital copy of “The Christmas Beagle”!

How to Join the Party

It’s easy!  Just click here, and click the “GOING” button.  Then, on November 4th, keep a look out for posts form the party in your feed, or go to the party’s page and join right in on the fun!   See you there!

The Perfect Christmas

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Though Halloween is right around the corner, with all my hard work on “The Christmas Beagle“, Christmas is on my mind more than usual for this time of year.  In particular, one Christmas memory has been cropping up in my thoughts.  It was the perfect Christmas.  Almost.

Nothing is ever perfect all at once, and thank God for that.  It comes in small doses, and in my opinion, perfection isn’t something for which you should strive, but should take it as it comes, and then remember for as long as you can.

The last Christmas I had with my dad it snowed.  It snowed on Christmas Eve, of all things.  Everything was perfect–the whole family was together.  I had drawn dad’s name for the Christmas gift exchange and as we all knew the unsaid, heart-wrenching truth, that dad would soon be leaving this world, I made him something touching.  It was a scrapbook, and each page featured something from each of us–a note, a poem, something that we like about dad.  He teared up when he opened it, if I remember correctly.

Santa brought really cool gifts for the kids–a drum set, a doll house–everything was perfect.  Except…it wasn’t.  I wasn’t with the man I would be marrying.  No, Dad never got to meet Steven.  But that Christmas Eve snow…the look on Dad’s face when he opened the present I had made for him…the whole family (as I knew it then) gathered together…these perfect memories fill up my heart.  They are gifts from the past. And though Steven and Dad never got to meet, one of the greatest joys I have is to be able to tell my husband all about these perfect moments.

It’s okay that two of the most important men in my life never got to meet.    When I tell Steven about a “Dad memory”, my face lights up with wistfulness, sometimes silliness and sometimes tears, and to be able to convey that to the person I love more than anything else in this world…is truly magical.  And when Steven chuckles when I tell him how Dad would bob his head up and down and rock out to Nirvana and Green Day…? Or when Steven says he feels like he knows Dad just from me talking about my wealth of Dad memories…?  Those moments are perfection. They’re gifts all on their own.

What are some of your most cherished holiday memories?  Share in the comments below!

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Featured Author: Heather Blanton

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I love heartwarming Christmas stories.  That’s part of why I wrote “The Christmas Beagle“, and why I am delighted to showcase for you today, “In Time for Christmas”, by Heather Blanton. Time travel and Christmas: What better combination?  Start your Christmas reading early with this Heather Blanton gem, “In Time For Christmas”.  Available here!

Read the synopsis, taken from Amazon: “A time travel romance with a Christian spin, In Time for Christmas — a Novella, is the story of Charlene Williams, a woman trapped in a dangerously abusive marriage. Disappointed that God hasn’t gotten her out of it, or hears her prayers at all, she has shut down emotionally. When husband Dale becomes suspicious of her daily chats with the mailman, he whisks her out of town and abandons her on his family’s ranch—an isolated, dilapidated place no one has lived on for over forty years. With the promise that he’ll be back in a few days, he knocks her unconscious and leaves.

Charlene wakes up on the ranch—a hundred years in the past. Almost instantly she is drawn to Billy Page, Dale’s great grandfather. The connection is powerful and mysterious, but should she risk falling in love with a ghost? What’s going on here? Is Charlene dead, dreaming, in a coma, or simply experiencing a gift from her heavenly father?

She’ll learn one thing for certain: God is in control of the very fabric of time.”

Buy “In Time For Christmas” on Amazon today!

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Thoughts On “The Christmas Beagle”

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“You’ve given me the opportunity to do something uncommon, something that goes against what most men would do, and for that, I thank you.”  —Albert Cole, from “The Christmas Beagle”

       Hannah hates change. Aaron’s sister gets away with everything. Alex’s family doesn’t appreciate her art.   Darla worries she’ll lose the love she found. Albert cheated.  Emily just wants to be a good mom. And Pete doesn’t understand why he deserves forgiveness at all….

       This November, they all stumble across the same little wandering beagle, who’s only ever wanted two things in life: a snack and a place to call home. In The Christmas Beagle, seven people from many walks of life learn about the meaning of grace and come together to build the ultimate gift…and it’s all due to one little beagle.

      Albert Cole, one of the characters in The Christmas Beagle, talks of a metaphorical “grace fund”, which another character, Pete, puts to practice in a more literal sense. A grace fund, in the metaphorical sense, is how much patience you afford–to others and to yourself, and in particular, how much grace you offer to those who don’t deserve it. It’s meeting people where they are, and it’s meeting yourself where you are. But both funds come with one condition–when it’s low, refill it.    Whether it be getting cut off in traffic, grocery clerks who are doing their best to help you, the muddle of politics, putting too much pressure on yourself, encountering differing beliefs, or your general attitude and how you treat others, a grace fund is something to keep in mind this coming holiday season, and year round.  Do the uncommon thing. Refill your grace supply.

      Look for The Christmas Beagle, coming Thanksgiving 2016!  WOOF!

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