We will be celebrating Christmas this year on December 25. Same date as last year. Same date as next year. Same date people around the world have been celebrating it for generations, come to think of it.
I was going to let go after my little rant last year, complete with musical accompaniment here. But, then I got to watching the news on our local television station here in London, Ontario. And frankly, I got mildly bothered. You can substitute another word or two if you want, maybe one that is less . . . well . . . mild.
A lot of companies that we have never really heard of, take it upon themselves to issue a commercial greeting during the news this time of year. I lost count of how many lawyers, accountants, purveyors of things we need and other stuff did their thing but it was several. Of that several, more than half wished me and My Dear Wife in the next chair a Happy Holiday. Too bad I can't remember who they were, since it was coming so hot and heavy. I would gladly communicate to them where I think they should put their Happy Holiday. Think lack of sunshine.
The brave ones who remembered that we would be celebrating Christmas were somewhat outnumbered, but not overcome. In fact, in most instances they had a gaggle of employees, students or friends with them to make sure that we knew they communally were wishing us a Merry Christmas.
As I said I would have let it go. But, a friend from Petrolia, who lives near us in our winter home in Tucson, Norm Sutherland, sent out the following in an email, which he invited us to share with others. It is cute. It is relevant, and it is poignant.
And so, I am sharing it with you in this forum, my blog. Should any of you want the original email, so that you can send it to your friends, relatives, mortal enemies (to whom you wish glad tidings) leave me a comment with your email address, and I will forward the original to you.
We will be making a conscious effort to wish everyone
a Merry Christmas this year ...
My way of saying that we are celebrating
the birth Of Jesus Christ.
So, we are asking readers,
if you agree with us,
to please do the same.
And if you'll pass this on to
your friends, and so on...
maybe we can prevent one more Canadian/American
tradition from being lost in the sea of
To One and All ! ! ! ! !