Bah Humbug

Image result for The GrinchCan you believe that Christmas is right around the corner? Yet again.

Ah yes, Christmas, the holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus, is a jolly and joyous holiday to Christians.

Well, I, for one, am not so jolly. Okay, yes, I know. I’m a grinch. I admit it. But at the same time, I’m enough of a pragmatist to recognize that our nation, while not a “Christian Nation,” as some conservatives suggest, is a nation that is overwhelmingly Christian.

And yet, year-after-year, there are those — from virtually everyone on Fox News to President Trump — insisting that American Christians are being persecuted and that there is a “War on Christmas.” Trump has even suggested that, now that he’s president, Americans are once again permitted to say “Merry Christmas.” Wait! Did Americans ever stop saying that?

Seriously, do most Christians really believe that the small sliver of the American population comprised of Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, atheists, agnostics, and other non-Christians have somehow stolen Christmas?

I look around and wonder how anyone can come to that conclusion. I hear continuous, unavoidable Christmas music; it’s virtually nonstop. I see Christmas shows and specials on TV, Christmas movies in theaters, Christmas musicals and plays on live stage.

Flyers and advertisements for Christmas sales add significant heft to the newspapers I stuff into my recycling bin each week. The bulk of TV commercials at this time of year are all about the Christmas gifts you absolutely must buy. My mailbox is stuffed with Christmas catalogs.

I see formerly vacant lots filled with Christmas trees and wreaths that are selling briskly. I see homes, condos, and apartments throughout the city decked out with colorful, blinking lights and fully adorned Christmas trees in the windows. I see nativity scenes on public squares and common areas around city and on town hall lawns throughout the area.

I see grown men wearing red suits, fake beards, and pillows stuffed under their belts, little kids sitting on their laps in stores and malls. At any other time of the year, these men would be arrested.

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Santa copping a feel (or is that Roy Moore dressed as Santa?)

But at Christmastime, there are long lines of parents, with their kids in tow, eager to put their little darlings onto the lap of some otherwise unemployable, probably drunk old man wearing a phony beard and dressed in a strange costume promising to bring them all kinds of gifts that their parents can’t really afford.

Can someone please explain to me how Christmas is being stolen?

Well, maybe the “Christmas spirit” has, in fact, been usurped by crass commercialism. Christmas has become less a religious holiday than a two-month long shopping spree.

Instead of the jolly holiday bringing out the best in people, it seems that this season of good will and joy instead brings out the worst in many. Me included.

Bah humbug!

Oh yeah. Happy Holidays.


Written for today’s one-word prompt, “jolly.”

11 thoughts on “Bah Humbug

  1. Marilyn Armstrong December 10, 2017 / 10:26 am

    Actually, more than our non-Christians stealing Christmas, we have adopted the holiday. We have trees and wrap gifts and sing Christmas carols … with enthusiasm and energy because Christmas was a really great holiday — especially when we were kids. Being Jewish and NOT having Christmas, I felt really deprived. My friends had trees with lights and piles of gifts and we had … nothing. Mother being an atheist, we didn’t even get Chanukah. Nothing. At. All. So when I married and he was not Jewish, I dove into Christmas with the kind of fervor only a non-Christian can ever feel for the holiday. Over the years, it has significantly waned.

    The magic of the holiday was buried in crappy toys that will be broken and trashed before the 12 days are done. In that sense, the holiday did get stolen — but not by me or the Muslims down the road. The “Christian” monster corporations stole it. As long as everyone goes out and spends themselves into a coma every year, they will keep doing it.

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  2. Michael December 10, 2017 / 1:12 pm

    I somehow and for reasons unknown had a feeling you might be in this category….so I’m laughing this morning having read your post…you do make a good point about saying Christmas is being hijacked, we have the same issue over her with people saying we should be sensitive to the needs of the minorities in plastering Christmas everywhere, but like your country ours is the same, Christmas stuff everywhere but as I have gkids the Christmas magic continues to a degree as today I deliver my little elf on a shelf to my gson’s house for this week…its a lot of fun I have to say and keeps me away from the grinches. Merry Christmas good sir. Maybe I should put you on my e-card Christmas list??

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  3. Sight11 December 10, 2017 / 11:46 pm

    I already wrote a post on my previous now defunct blog, about the same issue. Christmas is anything, but jolly.

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  4. Michael December 11, 2017 / 3:26 pm

    Great points well made…:)

    People can be such tools .

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    • Fandango December 11, 2017 / 9:36 pm

      Yes they can be, and for some reason, they show up in droves around this time of the year.

      Like

  5. BuzzCut December 25, 2017 / 3:33 am

    Oh, I need to print this and NEXT year send it to ‘everyone’ – early!!! This is so spot on.
    Thank you for stating the (left-leaning) alternative facts so well. 😀
    Peace to You and Yours

    Liked by 1 person

    • BuzzCut December 25, 2017 / 3:35 am

      I don’t know how I missed this post earlier…I you –

      Liked by 1 person

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