Christmas, a time of celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ. A time for reflection surrounding the world according to scripture. But Jesus, what’s up with anti-Christmas these days? Don’t they know they should just be glad it wasn’t Judas in the manger or we would all be hating December 25th by title alone, Judasmas.
Religious beliefs set aside. Let’s open the scriptures to verse 666 of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.
“Let those poor go to prisons and Union workhouses. And if they would rather die, they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.” – Ebenezer Scrooge / Christmas Eve.
We now turn to the gift of giving. So, you hate shopping traffic and store crowds, do it online. So, you don’t feel like doing it online, create something at home. So, you have nothing to create with, well, time to go shopping! If you don’t feel like shopping period ever heard of recycling gifts? It’s the time of the year where you could simply slap a name onto that crock pot you never used that Aunt Bertha gave you last year and pass it along. Hey, you could save on space at your home. It’s a win-win game. Why deprive yourself of the rights in making more space in your home without overfilling your trash bins?
So what’s wrong with giving a gift in the same way the Three Wise Kings once did when Jesus was born? It’s not like we are talking about the neighbor that wouldn’t give you the time of the day even if they were a clock. It’s only one day of the year where you can find peace knowing that you can give little and still be thought of in kind measure.
Speaking of measure, did you measure out your Christmas decorations or are you like Clark Griswold’s neighbors in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation? Yule crack me up if you still have a pumpkin on your porch from Halloween, but refuse to celebrate Christmas. Is it too much to ask for you to me just like me? There’s nothing wrong with a little strand of white lights hanging outside for the Carolers to locate your home. And to miss out on those beautiful octaves would be like a ham sandwich going to a banquet at Christmas time. It just doesn’t make sense to ignore the spirit of Christmas. Well, unless you were robbed at gunpoint last Christmas eve, that would spoil anyone’s future Christmas.
But all in all, it is the day when Jesus Christ was born, December 25th. The day of giving for many, and taking for some. The day that one can witness a candle burn down to the wick while watching “It’s a Wonderful Life.” The day that all the stores are closed so driving gets easier. The day that relatives come by as you share all of your treats, sweets, wine, liquor, pies, cakes, cookies, and candy canes. The day that only comes once a year, Christmas Day.
So, put place your “I hate Jesus” shirt back into the drawer. Take off the “Take what you can get, give nothing back” banner. Rip off that “Jesus Christ, I’m Tired of Christmas” bumper sticker. And remove that “Jes – US” potholder. Because Santa is coming to town! But you can leave the country doormat that says “Santa spells Satan or Sanat”. Even Santa has a sense of humor.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, may the force be with you as we fight together against the anti-Christmas disease across the globe! We need to vaccinate!