Every Christmas season for many years we've been told there is a "war on Christmas." It has caused many to rush into stores and scream at cashiers to say "Merry Christmas," or else!
But is that really the way to win a 'war on Christmas', real or imaginary?
Is this really the 'glad tidings of great joy' that the angels once proclaimed at Christ's birth?
Us cashiers are under a lot of pressure in the Christmas season,
caught in the midst of the insanity,
Tired and worn out, we have enough troubles without any adding to them. Instead, let us demonstrate the spirit of Christmas!
One way is showing kindness, a little kindness goes a long way to these weary clerks and shoppers.
Just like Glen Campbell sang long ago:
Yes, Virginia, there is a war on Christmas, but not as Bill O'Reilly screams about.
It's far more diabolical than a few stores saying "Happy Holidays."
It's the dark spirit that sucks all the merriment out of Christmas.
I rarely see a smile in the madness that is the Christmas rush.
Indeed, in the past few years, we've been fighting the "war on Christmas" on the wrong battlefield.
There are many for which Christmas is not merry at all.
For many, it's a sad, lonely time.
Rather than spreading hate,
we should be spreading the hope that Christmas is all about.
Lessening the loneliness,
bringing the light of Christmas to a dark time.
Being Santa to those who he doesn't always come, whose stockings are usually empty.
sort of like in this classic cartoon:
Indeed, when I hear of the cultural war , I want to respond as Linus did to Charlie Brown:
After all, nobody squawked in 1942 when Bing Crosby sang this song
in the classic movie Holiday Inn.
After all, isn't the word "holiday" short for holy day?
See, you can't keep God out if you tried! He comes in no matter what any can do!
So, let's spread the glad tidings of great joy that the angels once proclaimed.
Like Linus once proclaimed to Charlie Brown;
Then, we do win the war on Christmas, and on the right battlefield.
So, Merry Christmas, and may it truly be merry for you.