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Yuletide: Christmas Time.
Dan Duff 12-09

The Thanksgiving turkey a vivid memory and still wiping pumpkin pie from the corner of the mouth and its time to start thinking about Christmas. Well not really. You see those close to me have already started dropping hints, leaving catalog and flyers open at or near the place where I sit for dinner or watch the TV. Thatís all right. Itís part of the tradition of the season.

There was a time when the emphasis was on a certain birthday. You know, well itís just not politically correct to mention His name. After all. All that is passť now. Its time to get real and be one with the universe and all that sort of stuff. We have the government now that is going to take care of us from the cradle to the grave. What else could we possibly want or need. No time to pick out individuals for recognition. It was good for a couple thousand years to honor and recognize that certain individual for whom the reason for the season is, but lets be real. We have the day off as a national holiday, we get to participate in all the sales the stores have at this time of year, There are parades with Santa Clause, there are fir trees that need to be decorated and mistletoe to hang over the door frame, but lets not get ridiculous with whom the season was started.

It was all right for Him to come down and be born of woman, live among us and then give His life so that we could all seek redemption through Him. That was OK for a while but come on, we are much more grown up about such things. We now live in the age of the Internet. We can simply Google our way out of anything. Worried about your soul? No problem just Google it and the answer will come up with three million different sites. It wonít matter which religion you pick. After all, arenít we all going to the same place, just by different directions. Isnít it true what they say, "God would never send any one to hell." That is just a place to tell the kids about to keep them in line. Itís the same as saying "you better be good or Santa wonít come." We have so many modern medical miracles that soon we will all be living to the ripe old age of a hundred. When it comes time to pass from this existence we will all just "go into the light", as portrayed on one of the latest television offerings.

There, Iíve said it. I feel so much better now. I feel so much more enlightened. I now can hardly wait to see what surprises await for me on December the twenty fifth. In fact, I am not going to buy holiday gifts for anyone this year. I am sure by this time they are as enlightened as I am and will just wait to see what Santa has left for them and me under the tree. I know, I know, if everyone thought this way that all the stores would go out of business....tisk...tisk.. oh no they wonít. Our government will not let them fail. They will simply pass a couple of trillion dollar stimulus bills and give them the money to stay afloat and the best part is the government will own those retail outlets and we will be able to buy everything at government discount.

I know that some of you are going to disagree with me on a lot of things I have said in this article. Some of you would even try to find out where the nearest facility is whereby I might receive some strong electrical shock treatments or if all else fails a frontal lobotomy. I might even agree with you if it werenít for the fact that the government has been trying to sell this same thing to us for quite some time and not only have you agreed with them by sending them back into office, but you have elected more just like them.

I hope that none of you have taken this too seriously and will be taking the season serious for what it represents. I look at my own life and know for certain that if He hadnít come to this world, mine would be one crazy up-heavaled one. That is for sure. So even though it is not politically correct I do wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

"And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior, which is Christ the Lord."

Luke 2: 10-11