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
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!