Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Crazie Christmas Advent Calendar 21


A Merry Christmas Mission


I borrowed this from dawn. I have taken out one or two teeny sentences, but other than that, this pretty much sums up how I feel too.

I'm on a "Merry Christmas" mission and I'm in full throttle.
My little yellow VW Beetle has turned into a Christmas billboard with Merry Christmas written across the back window. Yes, I've decided to trek off to work everyday on the public highways with a message that seems to offend people.
At stop lights, I even turn my music up a little louder, and to top it off, I sing along with it. Don't I know that stopping at a red light to roll my windows down only to share the joy of Christmas carols on public streets is a No-No? Don't I fear the Christmas Gestapo and those who would have me remove the written message from my car?
LEAVE THAT MANGER ALONE! We've allowed the Baby Jesus to be kicked out of His lowly manger, and those offended by Christmas are still not happy.
I refuse to let this happen. I'm going to do my part to make sure "Merry Christmas" doesn't become extinct. Because like it or not, if the believers in Christmas don't take a stand now, it's gone forever.
Listen folks, the Christian community has been underestimated before; we will have to show ourselves again.
I walked into a Wendy's Restaurant the other day and was rather exuberant with my "Merry Christmas" greeting to the manager. He didn't have much of a response and I said, "Where's your Christmas spirit?" He said, "We're not allowed to use the words "Merry Christmas" when greeting customers. We can only say "Happy Holiday."
This morning I grabbed a quick breakfast at a Whataburger Restaurant. I noticed there wasn't a single decoration in the store. I asked the manager why they weren't decorated for Christmas. He told me the corporate headquarters decided not to send any decorations to any of their stores, and he didn't know why.
After I heard about all the Macy's and Federated Stores taking down their Merry Christmas signs, the Target stores not allowing the Salvation Army to "Ring the Christmas bells," and the many incidents of children, choirs, and bands not allowed to play or sing Christmas carols, I realized it was happening right here in my own little Texas town.
How can this be? Not Texas!We do, however, have a store, Hobby Lobby, that plays nothing but Christmas carols during the season. On Christmas Day they run a full page ad in our local newspaper. That ad is not to promote the store, but uses the entire page to tell the story of Jesus' birth. Now that's taking a stand. We need to thank them.
When I saw a news report the other evening of children being taught new words to a song we've sung for years -- "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" - I was saddened to hear "We Wish You a Splendid Holiday." (Unbelievable.)
I know now that it's just a matter of time that the "Merry Christmas" greetings will be gone. Look around your town. Notice the "Holiday" greetings and not "Christmas." It's happening right before our very eyes.
Start singing the songs; go down the streets singing to your heart's content. Get some of those wash-off markers that these kids use to write on their car windows when they're rooting for their hometown football team. It's easy to do, and if a torrential rain washes it off, write it on there again.
The story of this "Baby Jesus" alone has brought about more goodwill at this time of year than any other day we celebrate. How can we sit back and allow Him to be snuffed out of our lives?Is it Jesus, or is it His followers that the "offended" don't like? What kind of revulsion galvanizes one to campaign so vehemently against the mere mention of His name, the mere singing of a carol, or the mere visual of a sign that says "Merry Christmas?"
I can listen to my own boss at work use some of the vilest words and follow up with, "Excuse my French." I may cringe inside at his damning of God's name, but I tolerate it. So if you don't like me wishing you a "Merry Christmas," I'll say, "Excuse my joy." You may cringe that I celebrate the birth of Jesus, but you can just tolerate it.
I cannot be concerned that "Merry Christmas" offends you. If I'm not careful, the day will come when saying I'm a Christian will offend you.
I'm offended that you're offended. How about that?
When we get to a point that we can no longer take part in a tradition we hold dear, we have no choice; we either defend that tradition or we give it up to those who say NO. That's it . . . period. So, which will it be?
I'm not giving up my "Merry Christmas" joy to anyone. If I know of someone that celebrates another holiday during this time of year, I will be glad to wish them whatever holiday they want. Just tell me what it is and I'll shout it to the world and wish you a grand celebration.
Just give me Christmas. To you merchants: Stop being so hypocritical and "filling your tills" on the back of Jesus! Who do you think is the symbol of giving at this time of year? It was the wise men bringing gifts to the newborn Christ-child.
You want your coffers full, but have ordered your employees to take down all the Merry Christmas signs. If that's the case, I'll buy gifts at a place that understands my joy.
It's okay to jump into the "Merry Christmas" spirit when it fills your cash register, but let's call it something else . . . and don't stop giving . . . and don't stop buying. . . we'll just change the name and you'll never know the difference.
I know the difference and I'm feeling it greatly. It's hard not to be aware that townships across the US have actually banned the singing of Christmas carols because it might offend someone. And it's not just the religious songs; it's the secular ones, too. No more "Jingle Bells" or "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" because they're associated with Christmas. Boy, aren't we getting sensitive?
If we're not celebrating Christmas for the hope it gives . . . there is no hope!

I noticed a few years ago that the name of Abraham Lincoln's and George Washington's birthday was changed so as to be all inclusive regarding the Presidents. Hark, if we should recognize anyone as exceptional. Now it's called Presidents' Day.
Well, if we're going to be so all inclusive, next month I'll have to refer to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as Civil Rights Leaders' Day. We don't want to exclude great Americans like Rosa Parks or Cesar Chavez, do we? And to think that Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton might be left out.
We might need to change Mother's Day, Father's Day, and Grandparents' Day to All Parents' Day. Just lump them all together.
It sounds ridiculous, doesn't it? So what's the difference?My freedom to celebrate Christmas in the tradition of the Christian religion is as much my right as it is your right to be offended by it. So what are we going to do? Did anyone hear me . . . what are we going to do?
Do we defend a person's right to go forward with a time tested tradition, or do we defend a person's right to end it all because they're offended? As long as we live in this great land and have the freedom to express ourselves and what we believe in, we will always offend someone.
If we try to make everything right for everyone, we won't have anything for anyone.
May you always have Christmas in your heart!
And, a Very Merry Christmas to you!

Christmas is Christmas, it's the way it always has been, and the way it always will be!! God willing.

Just as an update - I was shopping in the Mall last night for a couple of last minute thoughts. Although the Mall is heavily decorated, has a Christmas Market, Santa's castle, ice rink and the tills were clanging away - only one sales assistant said cheerfully 'Merry Christmas!', I turned back with a beaming smile and said 'Merry Christmas to you too!'

Thank you that young man in Waterstones bookshop :-)

cq
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15 comments:

Tara said...

Thankyou cq. I actually found myself hoping some fuxktard (scuse ma language) would reply to this post I did condeming me to hell for eternity, but alas nobody did. I was raring to rip into someone lol.

craziequeen said...

blimey, dawn - that was quick!!

watch this space - I have some very vocal atheists in my group of friends :-)

But then, they are respectful of my faith :-) :-)

cq

Juggling Mother said...

I hardly think Christmas is the way it's always been - or indeed the way it will always be!

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Great stuff, CQ!

craziequeen said...

Mrs A: true, something I would never argue (the problem with using someone else's words 'cos my brain is spaghetti atm!)
My Christmasses aren't the way they've always been(thank God!), and they certainly won't always be - things change, life changes.
But I would hope the spirit remains even if the actuality disappears.

Jean-Luc: thanks, mate, we're lucky it hasn't got too bad our side of the Pond - yet :-)

cq

Tara said...

Mrs Aginoth, when I wrote that "Christmas is Christmas, it's the way it always has been, and the way it always will be!!" I meant the spirit of it. I can't stand to see people being told they can't use the word Christmas anymore.

At the end of the day Christmas is Christmas right? To celebrate the birth of Christ. Although I'm not religious, I like to get into the spirit as much as the next person. Thats what I meant.

CyberKitten said...

I must say... that as a staunch Atheist.... that I can't understand how ANYONE... and I mean ANYONE... could POSSIBLY get offended by someone wishing them a Happy or... even.. (takes deep breath) a Merry Christmas.... I mean... PLEASE... Just WHAT are these people ON.... (shakes head saddly).

Merry Christmas one & all....

craziequeen said...

I know - the very idea of wishing someone peace and goodwill in the common parlance being offensive....dear me.....

cq

Beau said...

I came from Charlie's blog. Mom and I love what you had to say. We are like you in that we turn our Christian, and Christmas, music way up at the holidays, and wish everybody a merry Christmas...just to annoy the heck out of some...and because we're Christians and it's what WE believe. It's a free world, and we got a right, like them, to have our CHRISTMAS trees and Merry Christmas.

Tara said...

I totally agree with you beau. As I stated before, I'm not religious in any sense of the word, but I can't believe some people would stoop so low.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

This is all insane!! Maybe because I don't get out very much anymore, I haven't been exposed to this craziness! I am not a Christian, BUT I hope the spirit of Christmas lives on and on on whatever form...Just last night on our Public Television Station, they had a number of different well know choirs here in the US for most of the evening...the hour I happened to see was TheMorman Tabernacle Choir singing BEAUTIFUL Christmas music...serious and light, as well..their guest artist was Audra MacDonald..(I don't if you are familiar with her in the UK, but she is an incredibly talented young woman with a glorious GLORIOUS Voice....it wax absolutely beautiful!!! I'vr always loved Christmas and everything that goes with it, though I am not a Christian. I DON"T GET IT!!!! (I'm sorry to shout..) I will always say Merry Christmas to people, always. I'll always say HappyHolidays to some people, too...I mean please don't legislate what I can say or not say!!!! I guess I'm saying that I amwith yoiu 1000%! Okay, I'm done.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

My spelling gets horrific when I'm angry..so I apologize for one one-finger typing going all over hell and gone... You get the picture though, right? lol

craziequeen said...

OOL: I know exactly what you mean :-)

beau: I turn my Christmas music up in my car too [wink]

cq

Oreo said...

::clapping wildly with wolfwhistles!!::

You tell it! I may steal this if it's ok with you.

craziequeen said...

can cats clap???? :-)

Sure, Oreo, and if you look on dawn's blog (in my links) you'll find the unedited version (more US than this one).

cq