Holy Days

I love words.  Love to know their origins, how they’ve changed through the centuries, which ones are identical or similar in other languages.

I seem to cringe a bit at little jingles or cards that say “Happy Holly Days”… even though it is a cute little play on words.  I love the word “holiday”, and I don’t like to see it watered down.  It’s Old English, it’s been around for 800 years, and it originally meant Holy Days.

I’ve always loved wishing others Happy Holidays, and when I do, I’m always thinking of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years all tied together.  In my mind, they’re holy indeed.  What a season!  A day set aside to specifically count our blessing and give thanks.  A day when people all around this globe focus their attention on the birth of our Savior… even though the date is unknown.  It’s amazing that we sing the same songs and share our traditions throughout the month.  And then the day of renewal.  The fresh start.  An insignificant date really… but the world feels like the slate has been wiped clean, and we begin again to be the best we can be.

I hope you’ll not be offended or think I’m simply trying to be politically correct when I wish you Happy Holidays.  I find this six week period to be filled with very special spiritual blessings.  They truly seem like holy days to me.

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3 Responses to “Holy Days”

  1. Betty Williamson says:

    THANK YOU for saying this. So beautifully said, as usual, and I just happen to agree. From one word lover to another, Happy Holidays!

  2. Marcea Clive says:

    Happy Holidays, Sandy. You’re the best!

  3. Mary Anne says:

    Wishing you a wonderful holiday season.

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