Merry Christmas versus Happy Holidays

Here we are once more! That time of the year we’ve all come to know and expect every year. No, not the one of Peace, Love, and Goodwill part. I’m talking about the one where we seem to forget the “Good Tidings” part.

Every year, I hear person after person talking about how offended they are whenever people say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas.

(Here are my thoughts, just my thoughts and you might or might not agree on this highly-charged topic, but here goes…)

Dial up your appreciation!

“Dial up my appreciation?”


Especially this time of the year everyone is telling us we need to appreciate this or we need to appreciate that. Well, truth be told, we probably do need to appreciate more, but our appreciation isn’t something that we can just turn on or off or dial up on command.

“Wait, I thought you started this blog by saying that we needed to “Dial up our Appreciation?” I did, so take a breath and read on…

Too often we forget that it feels good to feel good!

Too often we forget that it feels good to feel good! Man, does that sound like a stupid thing to say…or is it?

It seems whenever something goes wrong in our life, we completely throw ourselves into the feelings of anger, sadness, frustrations, etc. We carry these feelings with us long after the problem has passed. We remember them and hold them as we move forward. We tell others about the problem and time after time after time, recount and replay it!

Yet, when the good things happen in life, we smile about them, laugh, enjoy them at the time. Then we move on. There is no long-term throwing ourselves into the feelings of gratitude or thankfulness or joy.