Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Early Christmas

I am a bit of a traditionalist.  No, I am a dyed-in-the-wool-there-are-things-that-should-be-done-and-things-that-should-not-be-done sort of guy.

1. I lean toward the notion that for everything there is a season, and all things should be done in an orderly fashion.  (This does not rule out fun and spontaneity.)

2.  The progression of the seasons requires me to celebrate Christmas after I have concluded the Thanksgiving celebration.

3. The annual Christmas bickering is already in full swing.  It's annoying.

4.  "Put Christ back in Christmas."  What nonsense.  Put Christ in your life and live your life in emulation of His.

5.  Chastise the heathen for his failure to say "Merry Christmas." Or heaven forbid that he should say "Happy holidays."  Please.  Take a greeting of good will in the spirit of good will, no matter the wording.

6.  Or, be all offended when someone does say "Merry Christmas," or puts up a Christian symbol, or reminds you that Christmas is somehow connected to Christ.  Get really hot about it.  No. Stop being offended at everything and appreciate that people can love one another and care for each other regardless of their personal beliefs.  "Live and let live"?  Yeah, that.

7.  Season of "Peace and goodwill."  Verily.  Let it be.

May yours be a blessed and happy season!
Bob Warr

Word of the day:  chastise


Vee said...

Agreed. Enjoy your season.

Shelly said...

Love #4! And yes, let it be a season of peace and goodwill.

Secondary Roads said...

Without a doubt #4 is the key to happiness now and in eternity.

vanilla said...

Vee, there is a key to Christmas joy: Christ.

Shelly, #4 is key to it all!

Chuck, absolute certainty.

Lin said...

Our world is so easily offended. Too much so. Criminy. And if you don't like something--call for its demise or see to it that you march and get someone fired. Ugh.

I watched Charlie Brown last night and I really love when Linus quotes the scripture. That's what it is all about, Charlie Brown.


vanilla said...

Lin, it is discouraging. But Peanuts to the rescue!

StSTT addresses a specific case of over-sensitivity and enabling response on Friday. Hope it isn't too depressing.

Sharkbytes said...

Hey, I think you and I would get along just fine!

vanilla said...

Sharkey, I feel as though I am in really good company on this one.