Sunday, December 11, 2005

Christmas Time!

The Christmas tree went up tonight! We were going to get a live tree; a ball tree that we can plant in the yard after Christmas. We did this last year, when I took the photo. But Christmas/the holidays (oh, the controversy, holidays or Christmas?) really snuck up on us this year, and we realized we only had two weeks left. So, down came the old fake tree. This is this tree's 15th Christmas - go fake tree! We worry that this might be the tree's last - Jack has thus far unplugged the lights about 3 times and pulled on a few ornaments. Luckily his Mama had the foresight to put all the old glass ornaments (or any breakable ornaments) up out of his reach. And we're not using any hooks, so here's wishing for an ER-free Christmas/holiday season.

Does anyone think that local radio is making too much of the whole holiday/Christmas thing this year? I mean, come on. If anything is attacking the spirit of the season, it's starting the Christmas shopping spree in oh, say, August. Not Walmart, the President, or whoever saying "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas". I can think of reasons to be angry with Walmart, but this just isn't one of them.


Blogger JacksAuntRachel said...

Merry Christmas!!

What a bunch of crap that this has made such waves as a news story. To me "The holidays" are a way of swishing Thanksgiving, Christmas, and NewYears all into one word since they are all so close. Of course the people who celebrate Hannikuah (I am sure that is spelled wrong.) Kwanza and whatever else other than Christmas think of the phraise "Happy Hollidays" in a different manner. I for one say Merry Christmas and sign my cards that way. I do know a few Jewish people to whom I would say Happy Hannikuah. (I do not find it offensive that the whole world isnt exactly like me.People who are that sensitive should off their high horse and get over it.)

Yes, the shopping thing is very out of hand. I remember back in the 80's when it was the association of Christmas (as the Christian celebration of the birth of Jesus) with store profits, sales, overspending and overdecorating that was considered offensive. The noise makers of that time said that Christmas and all the excesses of lavish gifts, the tradition of Santa Claus and decorated trees should have nothing to do with each other. They said it detracted from the real meaning of Christmas. That argument made far more sense as a reason to boycott a store.

Ok so now that stores are using the word holiday instead of Christmas to promote their sales and make their money there is the same controversy in reverse. I think there are people in the world who just want to make noise for some reason. I'd like to wish them all a Merry Christmas as I go out the door to shop at a holiday sale at whatever store has the lowest price on what I want. (I do however try to avoid Wal Mart because of how they treat workers and vendors.)

It is when I am with my family, my friends or even quiet times alone that the spirit of Christmas is celebrated. THe presents are nice, the shopping fun and the eating a real joy but all of it is just a tradition people have made up that has nothing ot do with the core meaning of Christmas. As long as we know that nothing else matters much. Seems like the people who are causing the uproar would do well to remember that.

12/13/2005 12:49 PM  
Anonymous Jamie said...

I remember going in to Kroger November 1 and they were literally stocking the shelves with Christmas candy while they were taking down the Halloween goodies. Companies are paranoid about excluding customers so perhaps they wanted to make things more "PC" by using the term holiday. Or, perhaps it's just a big publicity stunt by these companies to get their names in the headlines. Somebody always has to stir up some sort of controversy! It's the American way. Merry Christmas! :)

12/15/2005 4:12 PM  

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