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I'll say it: Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah!

12/24/2008   Comment on This

The holidays are here. It blows my mind that people get offended if someone says Merry Christmas or Happy Hanukkah. What's the difference and who really cares? The world has gotten so politically correct, it makes me sick. Wishing someone a Merry Christmas or a Happy Hanukkah only means "Have a happy, safe whatever." Why do we always look for trouble? When you look for trouble, you'll find it every time.

I didn't celebrate Christmas until I married out of my faith. Growing up, people wished me a Merry Christmas all the time. I didn't stop and say, "What about the Jews? I don't celebrate the holiday." I merrily went along and wished them Merry Christmas in return.

One should take the meaning of Christmas as a time for celebration, family, friends, love, warmth, and peace. I have a great time during the holidays because our family celebrates both Hanukkah and Christmas. My kids are the ones that really make out because there are eight days of Hanukkah. They don't get something huge every night, but they do get a gift. One might say this is a little over-the-top. Quite frankly it is, but my wife and I decided long ago that the kids would be spoiled during the holidays and their birthdays. They don't get an iPhone on a Tuesday in August. I look forward to giving them things because it makes me feel good that we can do a few extra things this time of the year. The economy has affected our family as well, but we set aside a few bucks each month for us to have a good Christmas.

I hope everyone who reads my blog has a safe, happy, and healthy holiday. Things will turn around--they always do. I have good advice that a dear friend once told me that I would like to share with all of you: for the New Year, think only about what you want as opposed to what you don't want or don't have. This applies to all aspects of your life. Adversity prepares us for greatness. You just have to get your head out of the sand to see the opportunity, or you'll miss it. With all the adversity that has come along for people this year, many great things are going to happen to them next year. You truly have to believe and think that way. Are you ready for the opportunity?

Here's the most important thing of all: when the opportunity or idea comes, ACT on it. If you don't, the idea wanes into the atmosphere, and opportunity is lost. You are only a dreamer at that point. You are responsible for you. Only you can make it happen for you. You are responsible for your own happiness in life. Happiness just doesn't come. Happiness is a luxury that you have to pursue. Nothing comes easy. What fun would there be if it did?

Enjoy and have a great time wherever and whatever you are doing. See you on the radio!

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