With Christmas just six days away, it's very important, and I cannot stress this enough, that you do NOT forget what this Holiday is all about! It's NOT just about giving gifts or receiving them, it's about celebrating Jesus Christ's birthday. And to me, there is no better gift to give, than giving of oneself, and we should NOT just give because of December 25, we should be giving ALL YEAR ROUND! As I mentioned in previous blogs. Try as hard as you might to begin living Christmas!
Which brings me to a topic that has been bothering me for quite some time, and I thought it might be on the minds of some of you, so here it goes, and I'd love to hear your opinions!
As of the last 15 years or so, there have been two words that really drive me absolutely nuts~~so much so these words infuriate me, and burns my soul to the very core, and those two words are 'politically correct!" First of all, anything dealing with the word "politics" begins to make my eyebrow pulsate, so when people say to me, politically correct, my vein in my neck begins to pop!
For years during this time of the year, I enjoyed telling my family, friends and co-workers, "Merry Christmas!" And people, in kind would say the words back. It was a much happier time in my life, and a kind gesture to state to fellow human beings. And then all of a sudden, some wise ass decided that they were "offended" by the use of the words "Merry Christmas" and so it has become a thing of the past to even dare think the words, much less say them. And the retailers and businesses wonder why their sales are down? Hmmm, it couldn't be just because people have less money to spend, maybe it has a little something to do with being politically correct. Follow and take a little journey with me, if you will!
Okay, humor me fans, for just a moment. I mean come on, am I the only one that doesn't feel in the Christmas mood as of recent years? And it's not just because the world is one big ball of mess, but people have really made me hate this holiday season, and I didn't always feel that way. How about you?
First, the government tells us that in order to respect everyone's religions and holiday beliefs, we shouldn't say "Merry Christmas," but instead say 'Happy Holidays!' And if that wasn't bad enough, most of our jobs have adopted the same attitude. We're told you can't put up anything that signifies "Christmas," but rather put up festive decorations that any holiday could respect. Hmmm, really?
A friend shared with me that at her job, she put up some snowflakes and candy cane cardboard decorations and she was called into the office because the HR Dept. stated that the candy canes could be viewed as a symbol of "Christmas," so she was ordered, please note, not asked, to take the candy canes down, but the snowflakes could stay up! Wow, really? I didn't know candy canes were considered "Christmas?" Did you?
Another friend of mine had a beautiful one line sentence that read, 'Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, God Bless" which tagged on her email underneath her name, and she was called into the office by HR and told that she had to immediately, and they didn't mean when she felt like it, remove the words "Merry Christmas" and "God Bless" from under her name, and if she refused to do it, she would be fired! Amazing, fans, don't you think?
So, pardon, me if I appear to be a little Buh Humbug-ish, but with places of employment removing Merry Christmas and the government removing "Merry Christmas" what the hell is the point in celebrating the damn holiday anymore? I mean, come on, for most of my life I was able to celebrate my Holiday of Christmas, and now I'm forced to whisper to my co-workers, "Merry Christmas" and be extremely mindful of how loud I'm saying it and who the hell is lurking around so I don't get in trouble because I said it! Here's what I want someone to tell me, where the hell did my rights go for ME celebrating my holiday? Can someone answer that question for me~~any takers on that? Since when does everyone else get the right to celebrate what they enjoy, and now Christmas is offensive, since when?
And people have the audacity to wonder what is wrong with this world anymore? Just look around you, folks, and it's not too hard to figure out~~it's not an exact science here! This used to be the time of year I looked forward too~~sending out my Christmas cards, and going to family functions and spending time with good friends and reflecting back on the year we had, and now when this time of the year rolls around, I don't even care about it! The only thing that keeps me somewhat focused is Jesus, himself. I remember Christ and that lessens my anger some! I try to think that Christ wouldn't want me to feel this way, so I try to be respectful and mindful of that, but who the heck is mindful of how I feel about being a Christian?
I'm so sick and tired of these do-gooder, so called doosh-bags telling me what I'm supposed to think, feel and say! Separation of Church and State, take God off of our currency, take God off of anything where He resides, which is everywhere, folks, in case you didn't know, but yet, I'm supposed to forget about my holiday~~I don't get to rejoice in Christ's birthday or utter the words all because some idiot says it offends them!
Well, I tell you what, it offends ME that I can't celebrate and say my holiday aloud as I used to do for so many years. It offends ME that people are so caught up in their own little worlds, that they don't take the time to consider how others feel! I'm offended that businesses have systematically turned Christmas into a billion-dollar a year industry and tossed out the true meaning of why we celebrate His birthday! I'm offended, I'm offended, I'm offended! But guess what, no one gives a damn that I am. My words are just that on a blog, but what laws did I break for you, because you may not believe like I believe?
These are the same individuals who cannot do anything about the real problems that plague our communities, like health care, loss of jobs, homelessness, people without food, kids who cannot afford to get a good quality education, higher taxes, property taxes, etc., but YOU can make damn sure I can't use the words "Merry Christmas!" I tell ya, you've got to love this Country! (HA!!!) You can take the words "politically correct" and shove it up 'politically WRONG'S' ass~~how about that!
So, fans, I say this, I wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year, and may God Bless You All! In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen!