Sunday, December 24, 2006

I Miss Christmas

December 24, 2006

I was remembering recently about how Christmas was when I was a child. The town I grew up in, Hollywood, Florida, put up Christmas decorations across the main boulevard through downtown right after Thanksgiving and you could always hear Christmas Carol’s at nearly every store, just walking by. We didn’t have snow, but we pretended as if we did. Even those who didn’t celebrate Christmas had no problem with the rest of us celebrating it and often would smile at the enjoyment they say in a child’s face that was fascinated by all the decorations.

Back in the 50's, people down there seemed to be more at ease, wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and smiling a lot. Do that today and you might find yourself in court defending your "attitude" from the ACLU.

Today, Santa Claus, who seems to have replaced Jesus, is being replaced by secular humanism, atheism and downright commercialism, just never say Merry Christmas! Towns that try to put up festive decorations are also sued and forced to remove them, sometimes in favor of another religions symbols, but no Christian Nativity and again, never ever utter Merry Christmas.

In Vietnam, we took a 3-day stand-down for Christmas, but still had to pull guard duty, of course. My first Christmas, I was sitting on a bunker on the perimeter watching out for Charlie. Second Christmas, Sergeant of the Guard, still watching for Charlie, but we all still said Merry Christmas to each other and smiled at each other. If possible, we might erect a small tree with whatever decorations we could muster on it. Nothing much, just a small reminder of home.

How did we ever let a minority take Christmas away from us? What's wrong with having our children and grand children enjoy the festive and magical time we did as children? More importantly, how do we get it back? Can we get it back?

Yes, I believe we can get it back and as I see more and more people defying the Political Correctness I hear "Merry Christmas" more each year.

For my part, my wife and I will go to my oldest daughter’s house early in the morning and spend Christmas morning with her and her sons. I didn't have a lot of money to spend this year but got the boys a few gifts I hope they enjoy.

Christmas is a magical time for children and after all, the day is about children, isn't it? Yes, we remember Jesus and his sacrifice and pay homage to him, but we also teach children the gift of giving to others, being appreciative and receiving as well.

We cannot let Christmas die and all we need to do is stand together and defy the PC crowd that would steal and destroy it. We are a free society and none are required to celebrate the day. But, their Scrooge attitude should not deny us of our enjoyment, either.

So, put up your tree, lights and garland. Wrap your gifts and turn on your Christmas Carols. Visit loved ones and above all, wish everyone a Merry Christmas. Smile if they don't return it; let them wallow in their misery, if they wish, but smile anyways. Most of all;


Especially to all of our brave troops serving tonight to protect us and keep us free. A very special MERRY CHRISTMAS to the men and women in our Armed Forces tonight



u∃∃l!∃ said...

Merry Christmas to you also.

I don't miss Christmas, because it is not gone.
I have seen many manger scenes.
I have seen many light displays depicting both the religious aspect of Christmas and the non-religious aspect.
The light display at the Portland Speedway had a really nice Manger scene, along with many other symbolic things we associate with Christmas and this time of year. The hospital, where I stopped to visit someone had a nice manger scene. Many people's yards have manger scenes.
The radio stations are playing Christmas music, both the religious and non-religious.
So I see and hear Christmas all around me.

Canuckguy said...

Up here in Canuckland, Toronto to be specific, a judge who was also in charge of the court house, ordered the Christmas tree that was in the lobby, removed. Her reasoning, "did not want to offend non-Christians since it is a Christian symbol".

What a laugh. Political correctness running amok. Guess it was ok to offend the Christian majority. A double laugh since the Christmas tree predated Christ and was at first a German pagan ritual. So she offended Christians and pagans. Even a Muslim leader in the city found it a silly call.

The judge, a Cohen, is, BTW, Jewish. I have nothing against Jews, in fact I am on their side in their life and death struggle in the Middle East but she did a real disservice with her stupid decision. It gives the anti-semites further ammo for their cause.

All these rules about holiday displays in public buildings forget the fact that our free society supports "freedom of religion" not "freedom from religion". I rather any display from any religion be tolerated than have a ban on all displays.

u∃∃l!∃ said...

I fail to understand either side of most of these arguments.
I guess it falls in my "don't care, there are more important issues" category.
I don't care if there is a tree, or if there is not a tree.
I feel the same about a manger scene. As long as I am allowed one on my own property, and allowed to wear items symbolic of this in public, I don't feel someone is trying to take this away from me.
I don't care if the stores say "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays" or simply "Good Morning", "Have a Nice Day". I like having the day off to spend with family, and having a time where all family memebers have the same time off. To me that is the most valuable thing, a national holiday, can offer me. The rest is up to me.

LewWaters said...

Coboble, if only things were that simple.

Yes, ultimately, it is up to each of us individually. However, there is a much larger matter at stake.

Since 1947 Christianity has been under attack in the US by the ACLU and others through the Supreme Court. That is when it was "discovered" that there was Separation of Church and State, something never mentioned in our constitution, but prevalent in the constitution of the former USSR. BTW, the ACLU was founded by a Communist on Communist principles in the 1920s.

It wasn't just that some didn't say the words or put up a manger scene, it is that many were prevented from doing so due to "interpretation" of law, that doesn't really exist. Schools have been prevented from mentioning Christmas, but allowed to teach about Kwanza, Ramadan, Hanukah, whatever else.

Townships have been sued for putting up Christmas decorations, but encouraged to show menorahs or crescent and star. Crosses have been ordered torn down, even the Veterans Memorial Cross outside of San Diego because the ACLU found one person that said they didn't like it.

Since Christmas is the major holiday of the year, why bar communities form acknowledging it, while encouraging acknowledgement of other religious artifacts?

In my estimation, it is part of the ongoing effort to strip America of its very foundation that made it a great country. Russia suffered a similar fate when the USSR was being formed.

So, it isn't a matter of people choosing not to, it is that courts and others have extended government where it shouldn't be and acknowledgment of Christmas banned in certain areas and aspects.