Yesterday I went shopping with my wife. I
don't usually go, for as most men know, we buy, we don't shop. If we
need something, we find out where we can get it, and we go buy it.
In and out. Simple as that. But I do go with her every now and then
because she wants me to. Why am I so good to her.
Seriously, I can usually find something to
look at and even find things that interests me. We went to Stein
Mart, which a lot of you ladies know, is a basically a store for
women, and you don't usually see guys walking around in there.
Being the only guy, except for one clerk, I
walked the whole store. I found out they do have a men's department,
and it's pretty nice. But I've lost my interest in clothes because
it's so laid back here in Arizona. If you have on shorts, shirt, and
some kind of footwear, you're properly dressed for almost anywhere.
I did come across a small, but nicely designed
Christmas display. I had heard on the news that stores were putting
out Christmas items early because of the bad economy, and I really
have no problem with that. People in business now days must be
creative to make ends meet, and some still can't.
They had a display of Christmas cards, about
20 different boxes. I love to look at Christmas cards and I always
have since I can remember. My mother use to collect them and I would
get then out from time to time and look at them. I started reading
the fronts of the cards on display and only two of them said "Merry
Christmas". All the rest said "Season's Greetings", or "Happy
Holidays". This has been going on for a while, and it was no
surprise to me, but it did make me sad.
I have to say I long for Christmas the way it
use to be. I would like to see a nativity scene displayed without
some long nosed malcontent trying to legislate against it, and
succeeding. I wish
retailers would bring back the name "Christmas" in their displays
because that's why they have this busy season. It's also sad how
Christianity has become the ugly sister and is not given anywhere
the respect that other religions in our country have. When the clerk
says "Happy Holidays" as you leave, Linda and I always answer with
"Merry Christmas!" So far, we haven't been kicked out of any store
for saying that.
I think of all the money that is made during
the Christmas season and it's sad they want to exclude the name of
the reason the whole thing started. Maybe God has planned it that
way. Maybe He doesn't want His son's name associated with what
Christmas has become.
If you don't know the name, I'll tell
you. His name is Jesus.