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The gift of truth

Saturday, December 3, 2011

This time of year, I receive many contacts from friends across the country in terms of e-cards, letters and yes, even hand-written correspondence. With the advent of technology, the traditional of sharing Christmas wishes has changed dramatically.

And I can always count on some of my close friends to share very personal heartfelt messages, reaffirming the importance of our relationship and their role in my life.

One such friend, a former Navy SEAL, who now resides in Austin, Texas with his family, is a frequent e-messenger, offering year-round well wishes and general nuggets of common sense.

As a follow up to last week's column, sharing my disgust over the nationwide behavior on Black Friday, I found one of his most recent e-mails to be very seasonally appropriate. So I thought I would share it with you.

Before I do however, I encourage you to take advantage of the various holiday activities scheduled around the community this weekend. From Santa's Workshop - hosted by Spencer Women of Today - at the Southpark Mall Saturday morning, to the Festival of Choirs and Lessons at 3 p.m. Sunday, at Sacred Heart Church, to the fellowship and fun associated with Grand Meander Monday night. There are plenty of activities designed to get all members of family into the holiday spirit.

Now, without further ado, I present to you what is sure to become - sadly - a modern holiday Christmas tale.

'Twas the Month before Christmas

'Twas the month before Christmas

When all through our land,

Not a Christian was praying

Nor taking a stand.

Why the PC Police had taken away

The reason for Christmas - no one could say.

The children were told by their schools not to sing

About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.

It might hurt people's feelings, the teachers would say

December 25th is just a 'Holiday.'

Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit

Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!

CDs from Madonna, a Xbox, an iPod

Something was changing, something quite odd!

Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa

In hopes to sell books by Franken and Fonda.

As Targets were hanging their trees upside down

At Lowe's the word Christmas - was no where to be found.

At K-Mart and several other major retailers I fear,

You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears.

Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty

Are words that were used to intimidate me.

Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen

On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton!

At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter

To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.

And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith

Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace

The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded

The reason for the season, stopped before it started.

So as you celebrate 'Winter Break' under your 'Dream Tree'

Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.

Choose your words carefully, choose what you say

Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS, not Happy Holidays!

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Thank you for sharing this!!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS to you & your family!!! =)

-- Posted by Funkyjavagirl on Sat, Dec 3, 2011, at 5:26 PM

I understand the sentiment here, but I have a different view. I don't think people are offended by hearing or saying "Merry Christmas". I think that the large retailers the poem talks about have made the business decision not to use Merry Christmas because they can market to a larger base (i.e. Christians won't stop shopping at these retailers will be more attractive to non-Christian shoppers). That is, not using Merry Christmas around the stores is a business decision.

Second, I don't think schools are telling school children not to sing Christian songs becase it might hurt someone's feelings; instead, I think schools are telling school children not to sing Christian songs because the government - including schools - cannot Constitutionally promote one religion over others. I think it is less about Political Correctness than it is about the law.

-- Posted by Sony on Tue, Dec 6, 2011, at 11:32 AM

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Randy Cauthron
One Man's Perspective