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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Witching You a Happy Holiday Season



Witching You a Happy Holiday Season


When I was asked to do a blog with the topic, Witching You a Happy Holiday Season, I wasn’t at all certain I would be able to do the subject justice—especially as it was associated to my recently released novel, A Witch’s Tale.  Then I recalled a “conversation” I recently had with one of my followers on Facebook.

The subject was, not surprisingly, about the upcoming holiday season.  This person, who I don’t actually know personally, made the comment how terrible it was that people thought it was okay to wish someone Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas.  Her comment made me stop and think for a moment. 

As a self described Christian, I have spent a lifetime wishing others Merry Christmas. For the most part over all those years, I have almost always been greeted with the same sentiment.  Now, more and more often I am hearing, Happy Holidays.

I’m personally fine with this—more than fine, actually.  More often than not I have no idea what another person’s personal faith is.  True, they may be Christian, but they may just as well be Jewish.  After all, the Jewish faith celebrates Hanukah during the same period of time that we Christians celebrate the birth of Christ.   

The person I am speaking to may even be Wiccan, the religion of my female protagonist in A Witch’s Tale. One of Wiccan’s most important celebrations is the Winter Solstice.  Again, it is celebrated very close to Christmas. 

After researching the Wiccan faith for the writing of this book, and also after getting to know some absolutely wonderful Jews, I have to ask myself why we cannot wish others happiness in their own faiths.  I came to know Cassie, my little Wiccan hero, as a sweet, gentle woman.  I’m happy to have known her, even though it was only in my mind and on the written page.  I feel more tolerant of others’ beliefs after watching the torment Cassie was forced to endure simply because she worshipped in a different way than most of her neighbors.

I have one more, very short, story about how we celebrate the holidays.  Once, several years ago, I was working for a company that encouraged their employees to enjoy the holidays at work as well as at home.  Being the secretary (and oldest member of the group) the task of organizing the decorations fell to me.  I don’t remember much about what our decorations looked like that year.  But I remember clearly asking our tallest guy to put the lights on the tree. 

Mark did a magnificent job.  After he had plugged the lights in and we all oohed and aaahed, he grinned and said, “You know what?  That’s the first time I’ve ever helped decorate a Christmas tree.”  It wasn’t until he’d made that comment that I remembered that Mark was Jewish.  I started to apologize for being so thoughtless in asking him to participate in decorating our tree, but he stopped me mid-sentence.  “I loved doing it,” he said.  “I wouldn’t have missed it for the world.”

That was the year my daughter and I attended our first Hanukah party.  Yes, it was at Mark’s home.  He and his friends and family made us feel as welcome as Mark had when he hung those lights for our little team.

So, my friends, whatever your faith might be let me wish you very happy holidays.  I wish you nothing but the best now and in the coming year.




A Witch's Tale
by Maralee Lowder

ISBN-13: 978-1481023979
ISBN-10: 1481023977

Publisher: Taylor Street Books

When hard-bittern reporter Mac McCormick is sent to Port Bellmont to report on the chilling death of the popular Reverend Elkins who has been found ritually sacrificed in a field just outside the town, he encounters an enraged crowd baying for the blood of a coven of witches whom it believes responsible for the crime.

However, when Mac subsequently meets the youngest of the witches, the beautiful flame-haired Cassie Adams, he immediately starts to doubt the crowd’s interpretation of events - or has he just fallen under her cunning spell?


About the Author:

Maralee Lowder found so much pleasure in reading such a wide spectrum of romance genres, she has never been able to write in just one.  Her novels run the gamut of contemporary, historical, humorous, horror, paranormal and suspense. 

Look for the sequel to "The Morticians Wife"  coming soon



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