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I am making a statement, which is one of my motto's for 2015. For those who have been following me, do not worry, I am not going to be some militant writer, who is going on a 50-state rant across the country. I am not going to ignore what is going on either, but I do have something to say about the holidays.
Lately, I have been hearing about all these cities across the United States trying to cancel Christmas, because the very thought of celebrating the holiday may offend some people and their beliefs. My question is how are the cities doing that? Let me you in one a little secret: ignore it. You do not have to participate in anything you do not believe in. Let those of us who love the idea of going downtown to see all the lights, sounds, and smells have our season. Let me give you an example:
Where I live in Columbus, Ohio, we have horse drawn carriage rides. They are only given during the holiday season. Now I have never rode in one, unless you count the time when me and my family visited downtown San Diego, California in 2007, me and my mom rode one, while my father, nephew (then 11), and a family friend walked by the water. I love seeing them around Columbus, because it is part of the Christmas season. I am a Christian, but nowhere in the bible does it say that I cannot ride in a carriage taking a tour of downtown Columbus. I do not have any restrictions so it does not bother me. I just personally have taken the time over the years to fully enjoy a good carriage ride. Ok, now say it did offend me. Do I have the right to take away from others, just because a horse-drive carriage offends me? No, I do not, because it is about freedom to do what you want, because it is within the context of the law of this country. I am not an island, and no other person should feel like that they need to put others with them, just because the celebrations of the season put them in that position.
Now to those who live in the towns where Christmas is “cancelled.” Christmas is not cancelled. It is on the calendar, and no one has the right to take away your right to celebrate the season. This is only year one. After this is over with, write your congressman, and tell them your feelings about the cancellation. These so-called elected officials have one year to restore celebrations to your city. Do not let a few people take away your celebration. Celebrate anyway. The police do not have right to tell you what you cannot do in your own home. This is the perfect time to celebrate with family and friends in your home. There are more problems in the world to complain about, then the cancellation of a downtown Christmas tree, though it is pretty to look at.
Try to find out why this year’s celebration is cancelled. Have you ever heard of the game called Telephone? It is a child’s game, where the first person whispers a name or a phrase. The idea is to make sure that last person repeats exactly what the first person has started. Most of the time that last person gets it wrong every time. What does this game have to do with the cancellation of the Christmas celebration? Simple. The real reason for the cancellation gets lost in the shuffle, and the reason may not have anything to do with offending a few people. It might have been due to budget cuts, construction, anything but being offensive. By the time the reason gets to a news person, it turns into something that gets a town stirred up and then the anger starts. That is how most fights get started. Other names for this type of talk are called “rumors” and “gossip”.
Whatever the reason, please have a pleasant holiday, and I am looking forward to my presents and celebration the birth of Christ.