I grew up in Hawaii celebrating Bodhi Day on December 8th, the anniversary of Lord Buddha’s day of enlightenment in India. But we also celebrated Christmas and wished others “Mele Kalikimaka”. During law school I hung out with Catholics and Jews in Massachusetts. Then I married in a Christian (Anglican) church in England as my German husband is a former Lutheran. And now we have a Muslim nephew (from Casablanca) in the family.
Along the way I learned to appreciate and tolerate other religions and beliefs, but today as we celebrate the Christian day of Christmas Eve, let me wish all of you a secular message:
Happy holidays, and season’s greetings for peace on Earth, and goodwill to all. (And that even means people whom you don’t get along with.)