Sunday, December 11, 2011

On the Politically Correct Christmas


Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a
two-edged sword in their hand
.
Psalm 149:6 (KJV)


After a fun day and a late evening yesterday, I'm getting some Christmas things done around the homestead while listening to Christmas music. Nothing involving Santa's and Grinches and Red Nosed anything, but traditional Christmas music as we sang in church. There are still a couple of them I can sing in Norwegian (but then the cats start to gather on the porch. . . )

I like a traditional Christmas. Not long ago, someone I knew professionally invited me over to their house for Christmas Eve and Day as I didn't really have any plans and I didn't have any family in that part of the country, my one cousin in the area, moving away. There was no music, the plastic tree was put up on Christmas eve and the kids presents were ripped open on Christmas eve in a flurry of paper without as much as a thank you while the adults just had snacks and drank. Christmas day was non stop video games after more presents from Santa. No church, no Christmas Carols, no candles, no special dinner, nothing.

I appreciated the invite but it felt no more like Christmas than July 3rd. I wasn't seeking company or the distraction of noise. I was seeking something familiar from which I could measure the happiness of the past, even if I could not recapture it. It wouldn't be gifts, or money or a party, but simply the gathering of promise and hope and faith, that true gift of love without reservation that makes all other things look puny in comparison. And whether I was sitting alone or surrounded by others, when I heard the strains of a Christmas hymn, the warmth of that gift would come back to me.


So today, there is music, making more cookies for friends (the ones yesterday all evaporated) and getting some cards prepared. I'm just sending a few for friends that I don't get to see often enough. So many cards to choose from, so very few it seems, actually using the term "Christmas" on them.

So which one do I send?

There is no more naughty and nice, EVERYONE is nice - the Politically Correct Christmas Card

DEAR ______ : Please accept with no implied or implicit obligation on your part, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all. I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the generally accepted calendar year 2011, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make America great. Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the only America in the Western Hemisphere and without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishes. By accepting these greetings you are accepting these terms. This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for herself or himself or others, and is void where prohibited by law and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher. This wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year or until the issuance of a subsequent holiday greeting, whichever comes first, and warranty is limited to replacement of this wish or issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.

Or do I just make my own, from the heart?



I thought you'd agree. Enjoy every day of this season, wherever it takes you.

28 comments:

  1. Exactly. Merry Christmas, my friend, from all of us up here.

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  2. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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  3. Good one, and those pastries are OUTSTANDING!!!

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  4. While I am not Christian, I understand the sentiment. Most religions have some sort of special holiday at this time of year. If it is a family holiday, it should be spent with family (either blood or chosen) and not with the TV or video game console. So, Merry Christmas to you from this heathen (who also enjoys the classic Christmas music).

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  5. Merry Christmas to you.

    "himself or herself" - offensive. You excluded trans-gender. :0 From reading this, someone has dabbled in writing this kind of stuff before.

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  6. Rosettes look beautiful. So does your card.

    It costs a premium, but I have thank you cards that I designed made in lots of 100. The people that I sent the cards to my not even realize that the front photograph is a personal one from my camera, but it means more to me to send it.

    Thank you cards, but the way, seem to be a rare thing now days. I think I still have somewhere my book "The Art of the Thank You Note".

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  7. I don't do well with Christmas but love to see other's who enjoy all of it. I do hope that your holiday's are filled with happiness and friendship. As for me I'm back to the book's for a career change and having fun with the social science's.

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  8. Need it be said! Merry Christmas, albeit early, Brigid! And I second Old NFO on the pastries--unfortunately you had to sit through the snarfling noises as I chowed through one....

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  9. Politically correct, that one I spit out....... prefers being incorrect and having a nice Christmas.

    I hope you have the Christmas you are looking for.

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  10. Definitely prefer the latter choice. Merry Christmas Brigid.

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  11. You are one more person I can say, with all sincerety, MERRY CHRISTMAS! and not be worried about being offensive or out of line. It is sad in today's world that you have to stop and think, is it okay to wish this person Merry Christmas???

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  12. I liked yours better.

    Merry Christmas may all your dreams come true.

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  13. Mmmmmm... those pastries look delicious... but is the red bow for you or Barkley?

    Dann in Ohio

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  14. Dann - Bowties are typically only worn by very handsome and intriguing gentlemen. Barkley only eats them.

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  15. Merry Christmas!

    Love the card with the bowtie. My Grandpa K. preferred to wear a bowtie; the ones with the clip and adjustable cinch are cheating though. I have heard tying a bowtie is an art that has almost disappeared.

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  16. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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  17. Merry, Merry Christmas to you & yours.

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  18. Great post, Brigid. I'm not a practicing Christian any more, I get a little tired of the various Christian holidays being neutered and butchered so as not to "offend" anyone.

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  19. Well said. A very Merry Christmas to you and all of those around you. Enjoy the message of the season, revisit the traditions established through your life and pass on the memories to those who will listen. That is politically correct in my view.

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  20. Merry Christmas to you and yours Brigid! And a big meaty bone to Barkley!

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  21. Merry Christmas!
    (but does Barkley wear the cufflinks?)

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  22. Merry Chrstmas to you and your loved ones, Brigid! I definitely prefer the traditional.

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  23. Thank you Ms Brigid! We need to reclaim our beliefs and heritage from those who would erode them i the name of political correctness.

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  24. There is just something beautiful and special in those old traditional hymns. Those old hymns can touch my heart the way no secular song ever could... there's pure beauty in a candlelit church service, a reverence in an entire community of people praising the Lord, our savior. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas this year, Brigid!

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  25. I really like S&W Model 66 2.5" guns too! Merry Christmas to you and Barkley too! Keep baking...and enjoying the company of GOOD friends.

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  26. Catchphrase of the current "Doctor Who": "Bow ties are cool."

    www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaigYRAItZs

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  27. I am in no wise a Christian, but I'll gladly wish anyone a Merry Christmas, and the happiest of New Years.

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