Can you feel it in the air? Can you tell what time of the year it is? It starts in September, rapid fire. What are we doing for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, err,… I mean the holidays?
Almost no one has an issue with Halloween, and after years of telling the little ones to take nothing from strangers we dress up our little people, scare the life out of them and then tell them it’s funny! Make sure you check your candy and don’t talk to strangers, except those people in masks giving out candy because they’re not really strangers, just people dressed up strangely giving out candy you might not be safe with….
Then there’s Thanksgiving, if you can get past the revisionist history that states the Pilgrims massacred the Indians and then gave thanks… and you decide to study up on the real story. Instead of swallowing the load of garbage you’re being fed, you will simply give thanks and enjoy the time with your family…
Then the real battle begins. Not the deciding what to buy for whom or who gets a gift at the office and who doesn’t, not even what credit card to max out… But can I say “Merry Christmas?” Well can you?
I was at S###cuts the other day, I noticed that there were no Christmas or Holiday decorations up, when I asked I was told the corporate office policies were to not allow for celebration of the Christmas/Holiday season (but you could by a little gift card with a snowman on it). Odd! “Why, We might offend someone.” Well, you just did, me! And I make up the 72% of Americans who say they believe in God, and a larger amount who say they are not offended when offered a Merry Christmas in a genuine way.
Some of you who listen to my radio show know I have been doing a “Faith Friday” segment. I have had a Rabbi, atheist, pastor, Shwami, and a Spiritualist on the show, and when asked if they are offended by Christmas, the answer is usually “No.” When you ask most people in the streets the answer again is, “No.” So, what’s the problem? The majority of people have spoken! “Let them eat cake!”
Look, the real problem is a small group of people who think justice is done only when they are satisfied with the outcome. The Earth is off its axis and tilting more towards insanity every day. We have a school district declaring that gift exchanges in the classroom can’t be done because they are too “religious” in nature. HUH? Giving someone a gift is religious or only during the holiday giving season? You atheists better stay away from gift giving and receiving!
Then there is a school district banning Santa from being on the school grounds during the day. Why? because he is a religious symbol. Really! When did that happen? Then there is the group who is asking us to boycott the Santas ringing the bells for the Salvation Army. Why? It’s because the Salvation Army doesn’t condone the homosexual, lesbian and transgender lifestyles. However, if a homosexual, lesbian or transgender person shows up at a Salvation Army establishment for help, they are not turned away and I don’t even think that’s a question on the application.
And here’s where the 99ers come in. Why is it OK to say “Merry Christmas“? Because 99% of the American population will smile when you say it and it usually follows with a “…and a Merry Christmas to you!” and that’s a good thing. Why? Because Christmas means that 99% of the people are actually out there focused and hunting down something they can get or do for someone to brighten up their day! And that’s a good thing also.
For a brief period of time (yes, Christmas time), more people are employed, families take the time to come together and, as painful as it is at times, work to enjoy each other’s company.
Even the atheist (non-Christmas believer) takes advantage of this time. They usually get the day off with pay or work it at double time and a half. The government takes the Christmas break off. So much for Church and State separation, where is that again?
For those of us who really understand the meaning of the season, we got the best gift of all. Yes, Jesus, the ultimate gift was given to us, and He is really the reason for the season. So, whether you believe or not, whether you prefer Happy Holidays or not, too bad. I got the column today, and you are receiving a very, Merry Christmas and a hope for a safe and prosperous New Year from My Family to your.