Yup. You read it right. I’m putting the Chris (Kris Kringle) back in Christmas. I’m also going to attempt to put the Christ back in, but let’s take this one step at a time.
What has this world become? I know that I seem to ask that every few weeks, but it is a legitimate question that I feel hasn’t been adequately answered. I’ve spent much of the last three years searching for reasons to why things happen the way they do. Sometimes I find the answers I’m looking for, while other times make me scratch my head and wonder if we are out of our minds. When it comes to Christmas, I think it is more of the latter.
I’ve grown to hate most of what Christmas stands for. I love the part where I get to give gifts to my children and see their smiling faces. There is nothing in this world that could be better than that. It’s everything else that makes me want to scream incoherently.
Christmas started in October this year. Christmas music first crept into stores a week before Halloween, and I had the darndest time finding last second Halloween candy because my Wal Mart was already switching things out and creating seven or eight Christmas aisles, casting all of the Halloween things aside with a few days to go.
When did Christmas become more about the shopping than family? I love getting presents, and love giving them to other people that I care about, but I see mindless zombies wandering aimlessly through stores, compelled to buy anything and everything they see. They camp out on Thanksgiving, ready to leave their family who are sitting in front of the pumpkin pie so they can get to the store and pick up their next television for under a hundred bucks. They camp out all night, waiting for the next deal to begin. Am I the only one that sees something wrong with this. Stores, stop coming between families. You are hurting us more than you’re helping us with your fifty bucks off that Monster High play-set or Skylanders Swap-Force starter set. Even if you were lucky enough to get that cheap television, is it really better than hanging out with the people you love? Wait, don’t answer that. I think I might become depressed by what the answer might be.
Then, when the shopping starts to slow a little bit, we discover that the Christmas we knew is no more. It started a long time ago when people started removing Christ from Christmas. Don’t run for the hills now that you think I’m going to give you a rant about religion. That’s not what I do. My complaint starts with that, and the idea that everything is revisionist history or changing the meaning of something just so it fits our needs. People try their hardest to remove religion from every aspect of their lives, and Christmas was getting in the way of that. Yoink. Get it outta here.
I have a bigger complaint about getting the big fat man out of Christmas. Since when are we trying to remove Santa Claus from Christmas? That was a new one that I hadn’t been expecting. I went to my children’s Christmas concert and there was a whopping two songs out of twenty that mentioned the fat man. They tried to not mention Christmas at all, which is my next complaint.
When did it become Happy Holidays? Did I miss a memo? Yes, there are other holidays out there, but how many people celebrate hanukah or kwanza? The last time I checked, Christmas is celebrated by a majority of the planet’s population, more so by people in the United States.
The problem is that, like everything else, we’ve found another opportunity to make Christmas another opportunity to be PC. Being politically correct has become more important than being smart. Everybody is so worried about angering the minority (which is usually a few people that actually give a crap) that we alter things, making it worse. Removing Jesus, God, and Santa Claus from Christmas is part of it, and changing it to holidays instead of Christmas is another.
People who need raise a stink just because they’re the minority, I have a request for all of you. Please, before you speak, take a few seconds to think about the true harm you’re causing. Give a few seconds to think about the kids that need the extra little bit of imagination in their lives. We’ve taken most of it away, and now are trying to take Santa as well. Think about it. Please. Give these children the opportunity to be kids for a little while longer before it’s ripped away from them. If you got a problem with religion, that’s one issue that you and your God (or lack of God) are going to have to deal with at some point. Don’t take it out your opinion or belief on children that can’t defend themselves or know any better. Give a few seconds to really think about the cons of your argument before you open your damn mouths and destroy another generation of children.
While on that subject, people who tell young children that there is no Santa Claus need to have their heads examined. You’re idiots that need to be beaten by your lack of imagination.
I can’t change the world overnight, but I’d like to think that my words might give one person pause about some of the things happening. There’s a bigger message here than Christmas. You just have to read between the lines to get the message. Christmas as we knew it, unfortunately, is just one of the things being removed from this world slowly but surely, but that’s a different topic for a different time.
On one hand, Christmas is being expanded for sales, but shrunk as far as how we celebrate it. Christmas is more than a shopping day. It’s about family. Remember that.
To all of you out there, I wish you a Merry Christmas. My well wishes go beyond race and religion. I wish you well because that is the true meaning of Christmas. If you celebrate, I hope that there is something to do with a fat man in a red suit. Merry Christmas to all…religion or not.