Peace on earth; good will toward men.
Apologies to my readers and followers! I had intended to complete a couple more Blog posts about our furry four-legged friends. Those will be forthcoming, but something has to be said about rushing the season.
I first signed up for Facebook on June 24 of this year. By early July I was already seeing Facebook posts encouraging me to be politically incorrect by saying "Merry Christmas." Hold on a minute! Most people hadn't had their summer vacation. Labour Day was almost two months away. Halloween and Thanksgiving were in the distant future and someone expected me to "Like" the political incorrectness of saying Merry Christmas?
Why am I "barking" about this now? Well, here it is - November 1. I haven't finished choking down the leftover Halloween treats in our pantry. We haven't honoured our veterans yet. Our American buddies haven't celebrated Thanksgiving. But today, November 1, 2015, I see still one more Facebook post about the political correctness or incorrectness of saying "Merry Christmas". I haven't counted them, but my ball-park estimate is that I have seen twenty of these Facebook posts since July. Then I'm supposed to feel guilty because I don't "Like" it? The people who share or "like" these Facebook posts are not the ones to blame. They likely gave in to their guilty feelings and thought, much as I did, that if I don't "like" the post or share the post, I must be against "Merry Christmas".
Don't misunderstand me! I love Christmas; but let's wait until at least early December to start pushing it.
Then the words "political correctness/incorrectness" stick in my craw. Christmas should have nothing to do with politics. Wishing someone a "Merry Christmas" is common courtesy and a celebration of the season. Even non-Christians can wish people a Merry Christmas. If they greet me with a Happy Hanukkah or other seasonal greeting, I'm happy to reciprocate.
I've been trying to figure out who has hijacked Christmas and pushes it down our throats as early as July each year. Christians have numerous feasts to celebrate all year long, Easter being the greatest of all. Advent leads us to Christmas, and Christmas traditionally comes in December - not July. Seems to me there could be some nefarious motive for pushing Christmas all year long, and I doubt it has much to do with celebrating Christ's birth or "Peace on Earth; good will toward men." Might it be instead that someone is trying to get us in the buying mood, to cater to our materialistic tendencies? What do I want this Christmas? A new Play Station? A sixty inch LCD television with surround sound? If I get one of those I'll have a Merry Christmas and there will be Peace on Earth!
I will wish everyone a very Merry, Peaceful and Blessed Christmas --- in December.
Sorry for barking, but I had to say it.
Gerald M. Sliva
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