1) Poignant story on Who Started Christmas!? at Tidbits and Treasures:
Who Started Christmas?
A woman was out Christmas shopping with her two children. After many hours of looking at row after row of toys and everything else imaginable, and after hours of hearing both her children asking for everything they saw on those many shelves, she finally made it to the elevator with her two kids.
She was feeling what so many of us feel during the holiday season time of the year - overwhelming pressure to go to every party, every housewarming, taste all the holiday food and treats, get that perfect gift for every single person on our shopping list, make sure we don't forget anyone on our card list, and the pressure of making sure we respond to everyone who sent us a card.
Finally the elevator doors opened and there was already a crowd in the car. She pushed her way into the car and dragged her two kids in with her and all the bags of stuff.
When the doors closed she couldn't take it anymore and stated, "Whoever started this whole Christmas thing should be found, strung up, and shot." From the back of the car everyone heard a quiet, calm voice respond, "Don't worry. We already crucified him."
2) Met a new Canadian blogger, Saskboy, (doesn't have a permalink feature yet - somewhat new to the 'sphere, so check him out) who posted this in reference to the "Christmas Wars."
Christmas vs. Holidays
The radio also talked about "Christmas vs. Holidays". There seems to be many places that have removed Christmas from signs and events like Christmas concerts to avoid offending those who don't celebrate Christmas. I celebrate Christmas, and have no problem saying "Merry Christmas" to someone, but if I think there's a good chance they aren't Christian I'll tell them "Happy Holidays". When you think about it, "Happy New Years" isn't a safe expression either, because not everyone uses the Gregorian Calendar. Simply put, people shouldn't take offense at being told "Merry Christmas", "Happy Holidays", or "Happy [whatever]" because it's just as politically correct and annoying to insist upon "Merry Christmas" for everyone, just because Canada is predominantly Christian. "Merry Christmas" doesn't need affirmative action to stick around where it's wanted.
The affirmative Christmas action in a Nova Scotia town earlier last week was especially annoying. What a slap in the face of non-Christian town members who might not care to celebrate or promote Christmas in their Holiday displays. The Consitutionality of the proclaimation that all holiday signs would be Christmas signs only, is certainly in doubt. Not even Christians of various denominations can agree to disagree on the subject though. Hopefully peace will prevail.
Link: Merry Holidays everybody!