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12-03-07, 02:50 AM #1
I do not usually care for holidays. Pain in the you know what. However, I would care for Christmas more if it were a little less about a fat man in a red suit and more about Christ. It seems I get pie in the face whenever I mention that in my circle. I was informed that I should get off my high horse.
So for the sake of getting more pie in my face remember, Christ is the reason for the season. Not Santa Claus. So if you are not a traditional Christmas celebration person please remember to be tolerant of those who are.
Merry Christmas everyone! May it be the best one ever for you and your family and God bless.Do not war for peace. If you must war, war for justice. For without justice there is no peace. -me
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12-03-07, 02:55 AM #2
Amen!!The true measure of your character is what you choose to do when you think no one is looking.
12-03-07, 03:14 AM #3
Am I the only one who gets all in atwist when I see it spelled "X-mas"? I agree, Jesus is the reason for the season...too bad it has become all about the presents, the sales, and not about Him500 fights, that's the number I figured when I was a kid. 500 street fights and you could consider yourself a legitimate tough guy. You need them for experience. To develop leather skin. So I got started. Of course along the way you stop thinking about being tough and all that. It stops being the point. You get past the silliness of it all. But then, after, you realize that's what you are.
12-03-07, 03:33 AM #4
12-03-07, 05:29 AM #5
You're not alone Lewis. The real reason for Christmas seems to be lost on many. The commercialization of Christmas has ruined it for many.
12-03-07, 05:43 AM #6
I don't really celebrate Christmas myself, but as a bystander I also like the part about the spirit of Christianity better than the Santa Claus part. I'm not sure if Christ was everything the Bible said he was, but the values he embodies are better than the values Santa Claus embodies. And at least I think it's possible Christ exists, whereas I'm pretty sure Santa Claus doesn't. Merry Christmas!
12-03-07, 10:45 AM #7
Excellent post, lewisipso.
12-03-07, 10:52 AM #8
+1 Lew, I can't stand the commercialism and the fact that my city depends on a large retail base. My first 15 years here all leave was cancelled from Thanksgiving to New Year's day, we went on a 6 day schedule, and I spent about 5 of my first years either at a traffic post or manually operating a traffic light. Instead of being happy and enjoying the season, most of the people I had to deal with were stressed and grouchy.
I also do not like the fact that people seem to spend the season stressed out over gifts and money.
I wish everyone could chill out, enjoy the season with people you are close to, and remember the original reason for the season.*************************"It wouldn't take much for me to up and run...to another life somewhere in the sun."*************************"There's something inherently wrong with having to put on a bullet-proof vest and a gun to go to work."-(An old friend)
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12-03-07, 11:01 AM #10
If it was all about the presents, it would have been called Santamas.
12-03-07, 11:58 AM #11
Christmas has become big business, plain and simple. The retail industry has comercialized it to no end. This is the reason that I like Thanksgiving and New Year's more than Christmas as far as holidays go.
I am not a really religious person, but I have faith and I celebrate Christmas with my family and friends. The commercialism has tainted it a bit for me, but I still beleive that the Santa part is fun for the kids. I loved the look in my nephew's eyes when he got a new bike last year and am looking forward to seeing that same look this year. But aside from purchasing gifts for kids, and spending some money on holiday cheer (decorations and a party for close friends and family), that is as far as I take it. I don't exchange gifts with my wife or the rest of my family.
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12-03-07, 12:39 PM #12
Theological differences aside, this is the season for a LOT of religious holiday celebrations. I like hanging greenery, and having an opportunity to be with family and friends. I like being able to treat friends with things they'll like. What I hate is all the crowds everywhere that take any excuse they can to be rude. Commercialization sucks, I'm not going to buy something for the sake of buying it. I hate the idea that people expect me to go into debt buying garbage that no one will ever use or even get anything beyond very momentary pleasure from.\\` ` ` ` < ` )___/\
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12-03-07, 12:42 PM #13
Christmas is no longer a Christian holiday. It's a Capitalist holiday.
Now shut up and go shopping- it's good for the economy."If everyone is thinking alike, then someone isn't thinking." -Gen. George S. Patton
12-03-07, 12:48 PM #14
The commercialization has ruined Christmas. Starts before Halloween now, it is crazy. What I enjoy is sitting in a darkened room, looking at the tree lights, smelling the pine tree, and remembering the family gatherings with my relatives. My Dad's mom sitting in her rocking chair with her children and grandchildren around her and the serene look on her face. She was a great lady and those moments with her were some of the best of my life. That tree and smell remind me of her.
My dad, I miss him every day.
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12-03-07, 12:56 PM #15
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