1928 - Alderson High School - 1968



Christmas: December 25th, held as the anniversary
 of the birth of Jesus Christ and widely observed as
a holy day or a holiday.
Dan Duff

All I want for Christmas this year is..... Christmas. That doesn’t seem like a huge request, but the way the government and business is going, I guess I am just going to have to put that with the list of all the things I wished for but never got for Christmas.

When I was a kid I used to go to Lobban Furniture at Christmas time and drool over all the toys, bicycles and sleds. Mom always went to McClung’s Department store for socks and underwear. A tradition my mom observed until I moved away from home and she no longer knew what size to get. I was always happy with what few toys I received each Christmas for trying to be as good a kid as I could. That is not real hard to do when you grow up in a town where everybody knows everybody.

Christmas to our family was a lot more than decorating a tree and putting a few tensile on it. Christmas was about family and the birth of the Savior. Since we were poor we could readily empathize with that little babe in the manger wrapped in swaddling clothes. In Sunday school soon after Thanksgiving, the story of the miracle baby would be told and retold while the arts and crafts portion of the class was used to make tiny models of the manger scene. In those days the manger scene was the only scene depicted on the lawns of Churches and public buildings. All the stores were decorated and the special lights would be put up across the bridge that separated the town.

There was always a pretty good cold spell around Christmas and every kid in town would pray for some snow. The times when there was no snow and the temperatures were right, a person who will remain nameless would turn a fire hydrant open at the top of high school hill and the water would freeze and give sleds about three quarters of a mile of down hill ice. I am sure that the Mayor, the police and the fire chief knew of the skullduggery, but no one ever complained that much.

Christmas season would find the churches full, and the bars empty. Even the worst among the population seemed to behave themselves during this brief time of year. You would see boys and girls who had left the town for larger cities and jobs now returning with husbands and wives and children of their own. Their cars would be full of luggage and brightly wrapped gifts. For a time the town and the families seemed to be at peace. The people who passed you on the street would wish you a Merry Christmas and the Post Office would be bursting at the seams with cards and gift boxes from far away relatives. In the evenings churches and schools would send out carolers and the elderly, disabled and shut-ins were always on the lists of places to stop and sing.

So what happened to my Christmas? Many store managers and companies have sent memos to their stores stating under no circumstance would the words Merry Christmas be uttered or implied by the employees. None of our public buildings will have anything to do with a manger scene, and now many churches have banned the scene so as not to alienate any one in the community who might have a different belief.

In our politically correct thinking, we have taken something pure and simple and made it so complicated no one can figure out what to do. Where there once was a season of peace is now confusion and turmoil. Where there was serenity and dignity, there is now scoffing and bickering.

Children who once asked their parents what they could give them for Christmas are now demanding what they will get and to put it bluntly, it darn well better be expensive. On “black Friday” as it’s called in the retail community, people were fighting for I-pods in electronic stores this year. One woman followed another woman home from the store and beat her up and stole her I-pod because she had gotten one of the last ones off the shelf. If this is Christmas, stop the bus and let me off.

Since there is so much confusion over whether it should be Christmas or Hanukkah or some made up holiday, why don’t we just do the simple thing. Every Christian in America should just withdraw from the public observance of the season and go back to the reason its celebrated in the first place. Let the people who do not believe in the Christmas season go their own way and fight over the bargain tables at JC Penny’s.

Christians have been tolerant to those who have elected to observe our season and will continue to do so, but under a new set of rules. We will buy one or two gifts as a token for the gift given by God for the world. They should be toys for little ones and something spiritual for the grownups. Under no circumstance should Christians buy any gifts between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Lets have all churches who believe in the manger scene to put it up on the lawn from Thanksgiving through New Year.

About two years of this and I will guarantee you that everyone from Macy’s to the US Supreme court will be happy to put Christmas back on every calendar. They will even put up a picture of Jesus and invite everyone in for a piece of birthday cake. We have the power to do this. As always its up to Christians to make the choice, to do what’s right or go with the ways of the world.

I do wish to take this time to wish every one a very Merry Christmas and happy and prosperous New Year and remember “The reason for the Season” is to celebrate the true meaning of giving. The giving of a Son to save the world from sin.

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