Christmas 2010 Sunday December 26, 2010

Hope you had a great Christmas.                                                                                               This Christmas was one of the best I’ve had in a long time. We spent the holidays with family and friends and, as is our custom, we had  Christmas dinner at our home. We had a full house. The grandkids really kept things going! They’re growing so fast. It was awesome watching them opening gifts. They were so appreciative, I’ve never gotten so many hugs! It was an incredible afternoon of sharing, caring, and love.                                                           I usually get a little bluesy during the holidays. My mom passed away just before Thanksgiving nearly twenty years ago, and so my holidays always begin with memories of mom. Even after all these years I miss her greatly. Christmas was always special to her. Most years this underlying sadness remains with me until well into the new year and kind of puts a damper on my holiday cheer, but this years blues were lighter and passed more quickly than usual. By the tenth of December I was feeling more like myself and really looking forward to Christmas.

But I have to tell you, as much as I enjoyed Christmas, Thank God it’s behind us. Christmas 2010 and all the hoopla and fanfare that accompanies it is officially over! No more Christmas music, red suited, jolly fat men, over-done, tawdry decorations or long lines and jammed store parking lots! Free at last, until next year that is.

Now, don’t get me wrong, as I mentioned before, I enjoy Christmas, but when our local department stores break out their Christmas ad campaign and merchandise on a hot and sunny, 96 degree day in early October, it’s too much, too soon. Come on, they could at least wait until after Halloween. Ghosts, goblins, witches and candy, on a backdrop of traditional orange and black should not have to compete with Christ, Santa, or the red, green and white colors associated with Christmas.

Each year merchandisers seem to begin the Christmas ad campaign earlier and earlier. They want to make sure we have plenty of time to spend our hard earned money on their products. Why wait until the last minute. Only 363 shopping days left until Christmas 2011! Christmas Season is typically the largest economic stimulus in our country, but it’s much more than an economic opportunity for retailers and businesses to increase profits. The true spirit of Christmas lies in the commemoration of Christ’s birth. The Nativity. All Christmas activities should be related to this ideal.

Unfortunately there are those who view Christmas in quite an opposite light. The American Civil Liberties Union would like nothing more than to change the Christmas image once and for all. The ACLU has petitioned  the federal courts to ban the displaying of Christmas images and other religious materials from all public property. They say it violates the first amendment . Last year a Federal appeals court in Philadelphia upheld  a school districts ban on the singing of Christmas carols in schools. How crazy is that!  I’m sure you’ve noticed that several individuals and companies have replaced the traditional “Merry Christmas” greeting with the more generic, “Happy Holidays.” Pretty ridiculous huh, but it’s happening.  There may be several subjects or causes that call for “political correctness,” but Christmas is definitely not one of them.

Remember the ad campaign from several years ago, it was on billboards, newspaper ads and bumper stickers “Keep Christ in Christmas,”                                                                 Now’s the time…

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