Almost every morning I walk about three miles around 6:30 am. Most of the time I have the street to myself and I just put my I-Pod on an enjoy the stroll. I try not to walk too fast, but just fast enough so that some calories are burned. And, on the occasion when someone walks past me, I always welcome them with a “Good Morning.”
This “good morning” has become a bit of an adventure for me because there are only a few reactions that the receiver of this may give me. The first is unfortunately the one I get the most. The person quickly shifts his gaze away from me and ignores what I say. The second is an acknowledgement, but nothing more and the third is the most welcome; a smile and a “Good Morning,” back.
Well, during the Christmas season, I have been making a point of changing my “Good Morning,” to “Merry Christmas.” I do not say “Happy Holidays” and this is a conscious decision on my part. I want to make sure that everyone knows I am wishing them a “Merry Christmas;” plain and simple.
In fact, let me take this one step further. For the past three weeks, I have been wishing everyone a “Merry Christmas,” unless I know that they are Jewish in which case I will say “Happy Holidays.” Actually, even to my Jewish friends that celebrate Christmas, I wish them a “Merry Christmas,” and they almost respond back the same way. In fact, some of them have actually greeted me that way before I’ve had a chance to utter my greeting.
On my morning walks, I’ve noticed that almost every “Merry Christmas” gets some level of smile or the same greeting back. In fact, the people that intentionally ignore my gaze, tend to do a double take and look at me and smile. Some of them have even countered back with a “Merry Christmas.” And, on one occasion someone actually stopped to ask me a question about why I’m so cheerful. I informed them that it was Christmas and everyone should be cheerful and to spread it forward.
To people that I know, the greeting always gets a smile back. In fact, the cashier at the supermarket went so far as to say; “I wish everyone would say that still.” I told her to initiate it and maybe it will help bring it on.
So, to everyone from all of us at “A Hollywood Republican”, “Have a Merry Christmas” and may 2012 be better than 2011 and not as good as 2013.