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'Twas The War Before Christmas

Sunday, December 21, 2014

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.

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    I was referred to your blog. Interesting.
    Since Jesus was Not born in our calendar year, and I consider myself an Orthodox 'Christian', then for me, and a few million other O.C.'s: "Merry Christmas 3/17/15!".

    1703 days ago
  • MAW_OH
    emoticon emoticon Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
    1722 days ago
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    I was thinking about you recently, especially while doing my last minute Christmas shopping (I usually am done or close to it before Thanksgiving, but this year we were moving before Thanksgiving and it didn't happen.) I hate hate hate shopping after Thanksgiving... I can't imagine working retail. *hugs* Hopefully I can send at least a little holiday cheer your way.

    Merry Christmas!!!
    1730 days ago
    Such a TRUE and perceptive friend shared it with me and I'm GLAD she did! It makes me happy I actually said "Thank you and Merry Christmas" to a little sales clerk that helped us yesterday with a big smile. She smiled back and said "Thank you and Merry Christmas to YOU too!" This IS the spirit of Christmas...kindness! emoticon emoticon
    1730 days ago
  • no profile photo GREENEYES_42
    Loved your blog! Thank you for sharing! And have a wonderful Christmas!
    1732 days ago
    Merry Christmas to you. I hope we all experience the joy of Christmas!

    1732 days ago
    "you can't keep God out if you tried! He comes in no matter what any can do! "

    emoticon blog!

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    1732 days ago
  • DALID414
    Merry Christmas! emoticon
    1732 days ago
    What an awesome blog. I loved it.
    1732 days ago
    emoticon I learned Long Ago that I have No Control over what anyone else says or does, and I'm not sure I would Want that control anyway. But I AM In Charge of how I act and how I Relate to other people.

    As the Old Saying Goes ...
    emoticon "If you see someone without a Smile, give them one of Yours"
    That goes for Every Day, not just the Holidays!
    1732 days ago
    Thank you for this! I just spoke with a nephew today (he's an adult) about how Christmas has become too much about STUFF and it isn't fun any more. I HATE shopping from Thanksgiving to Christmas because shoppers are so rude and pushy and I feel so sad for the store employees. Your reminder is lovely and I will be sharing it.

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    1732 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    Loved your blog. Have a Merry Christmas!
    1733 days ago
  • MARYBETH4884
    Well said! Thank you!
    1733 days ago
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  • MM11113
    I don't care what the secular world is doing about the winter holidays. For sure, I have NO control of it.

    I can decorate and sing carols and privately prepare for Christmas.

    I no longer go out of my way to 'gift' everybody. For several years now, I have taken a vacation, and more or less, run away from it all. We are staying home this year, and today is the 21st. I haven't bought a thing for presents for daughter or grandson.

    I enjoy the season much better if I just let it all go on around me, and do things my way.

    1733 days ago
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