Am I the only one in disbelief about the fact that December is almost over? 2009 sure has been a whirlwind year for me…I started the year with this blog post:
As I cuddle up in my bed at 2:47 AM on January 1, 2009…There’s only one thing on my mind because see…I spent the first two hours of this year doing one thing. Watching Love Actually. It makes me laugh. It makes me bawl my eyes out crying but I watch it every year…without fail…Always alone. It has the best lessons about temptations…impossible love…young love…unexpected love and life in general.
This movie gives me hope…
So I leave you with this thought for 2009…
“General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that. It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there – fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends. When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge – they were all messages of love. If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaking suspicion… love actually is all around.”
Stay positive in 09 and don’t forget to think about the things you deserve once in a while.
And then my life began…
I told you guys my name(s), I finally met LiLu (#best09 new person)*, I made resolutions on my 24th Birthday, I took my first road trip (#best09 trip) and between finally moving out, almost dying, awful first dates, the Pablo weekend, celebrating the one year anniversary of PQ Nation, finally falling in love with the right one, breaking my butt, totaling my car, my first trip to BEANTOWN!, hacking my hair off…
2009 was EPIC (#best09 word or phrase).
And it’s not even over yet.
This past weekend was the first big snowfall of the year and I spent it with the Boy, being totally lazy and cozy.
Last night, I got the best present EVER from my lovely Ginger.
Oh and are you worried about wishing me a Merry Christmas? Don’t be…
December 23rd, 2008
I heard this question…oh, about 5 times today. I get it. People are trying to be considerate because I *am* Muslim and they don’t want to offend…but to me, there’s nothing offensive about someone wishing me a Merry Christmas. It’s the same as Happy Holidays…at least in the US, over the years, that’s what it’s become. I don’t understand why people get so offended over the use of Merry Christmas over Happy Holidays or Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas…
Isn’t the whole point just to wish the other person a joyful and peaceful time, whatever it is they celebrate?
At least, that’s what I think. If the intention behind it is pure, why do the words matter? I’m Muslim. Someone wishing me a Merry Christmas does not offend me nor do I feel like I’m being ‘forced’ to celebrate a Christian holiday. As long as you pass on your good wishes, I can choose to celebrate whatever, however I choose. It’s the blessing that counts…isn’t it?
It should be.
To clarify…in Turkey, we celebrate New Year’s. Before we moved to the US, we gave presents to each other for New Year’s Eve…and it usually coincides with a Muslim holiday. When we moved to the US 13 years ago, and my brother was so young, we decided to go ahead and do the tree and presents on Christmas…just so it would be easier for him to adjust to being in *this* society. Did it take anything away from our traditions and culture? Not at all. Did we become ‘Americanized’? Maybe in the social sense but that didn’t change our religion, faith or heritage. Your identity and faith is what you make of it. The words that others use in their greeting doesn’t define you.
You define you so remember that this holiday season. When someone wishes you a Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays in the street, return their blessing with a smile. The world’s gone down the shitter and most people are probably having a bad day…a smile from a stranger might be just the medicine that they need.
Happy Holidays from the PQ Nation to all of you.
*Part of the #best09 Challenge from Gwen Bell