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;
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE
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
Sunday, December 24, 2006
Posted by Lew Waters at 8:09 PM