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Tis the season

“And so it is Christmas,’” as John Lennon crooned so many years ago. Despite all those years, it’s as true today as it was then. It’s Christmas tomorrow, the old year is about to be over and a new one is about to be begun.

It’s tempting to think, like a knee-jerk response, that it’s a good thing the year is about to be over. Look how it ended: The economy is still in a slump, there were those who thought the world might end a few days ago, and a glance at any fire-department flagpole jolts you with the reminder of a horrendous school shooting with its slaughter of innocents. Not exactly conducive to Christmas cheer. Even if none of these events touch you, you can’t help but feel at least a little shadow.

As I heard on a radio news commentary the other day, in terms of both weather and national mood, we’re now in the dark of winter. Spring may feel far away, unreal, incomprehensible, the mere idea banal.

But that does not mean it is not true. Spring does follow winter. Banal as it may sound, that’s not superfluous prattle, it’s natural law. Darkness is tempered by, and slowly gives way to, light, hope and the return of warmth. Warm days won’t make the cold go away entirely — cold alternates with sunshine, by laws of natural balance — but neither does the dark obliterate the light. Just take a look. Do something nice for someone else — even a smile to a stranger as you hurry along through your day — and see how that creates a little bit of light. Everyone can do something to pierce darkness, a sliver of light at a time.

Take hope in the coming of a new year with potential, and have a happy holiday season.


Comments

Well wishes should be everyday! Sheep are being fleeced spending money they don't have. My Jewish store owner friends are making record sales. The good vibrations of Christmas is lost at the Mall. Think of Christmas as Thanksgiving, Be thankful for friends and family and don't spend money you don't have. You can still have fun without a new sweater, or iphone.


Life is good!


The flag is not at half mast for the children in CT. It is at half mast, by presidential order, for the late Senator Inouye.

So feel sad when you pass by the flag at half mast, but make sure it's for the right reason.


Guess it always helps to quote stuff correctly too.

The line is "So this is Christmas."

thanks.


You are correct, Now Pitching, whoever you are. I feel badly about such a clumsy paraphrasing. But I'm glad the meaning got across.


Stacy, don't be so sensitive. Talk About is not for the "faint of heart".


Ms. Trevenon,

I put away my political hat the last few days to celebrate the birth of Christ with family and friends and thereupon my return to Talkabout, I see what seems at first blush, a benign message of "hope and change", or to be more timely, for going "forward". I must object, upon a second reading, to what I deem a political polemic dressed up as "Christmas cheer".

I am a long way from the catechism's of 'Our Lady of the Pillar' and my First Communion. My beliefs today are much closer to the message of Jesus as put forth by Eric Butterworth in, "Discover the Power Within You", - "the divine potential within every person that Jesus, himself, discovered within" - much to the dismay of my mother and grandmother, devout Catholics. Some would call me a heretic.

The context lying beneath the following statements: "the economy is still in a slump" (poor Obama needed 4 more years to clean up Bush's mess) and your mischaracterization, willful I know not, of half-mast flags for "a reminder of a horrendous school shooting with its slaughter of innocents" (guns are the problem, not the psychopath); also carry the weight of the righteous in any discussion of these subjects because those of us who would offer contrary solutions are marginalized as obstructive Republicans who have no compassion.

I further reject your transformation of the celebration of Christ's birth into a celebration of the Winter Solstice and the New Year by your omission, willful I know not, of wishing one a 'Merry Christmas' and in its stead, the proffered hollowness of "happy holidays".

Yours in Liberty,

JD the Federalist


Wow!

Lennon has been misquoted, (she probably was thinking of Lenin), the Jews are raking in big bucks from the Goyim, a half masted flag has been misinterpreted/misrepresented, the Second Amendment abused, Republicans marginalized, and a new front opened in O'Rielly's ginned up War against Christmas.

And to top it all off, references to Heathen rituals and to the beliefs of other spiritual consumers are foisted upon those who know that Jesus is the reason for the season.

For the love of Nature's God, Stacy. You accomplished all of that in a couple of of paragraphs. I admire that!


JD the Christian,

The Christmas tale (three wise men, the son of god, virgin birth, december twenty-something) is present in all religions. It's an observation that days that have gotten shorter and shorter are finally becoming long again. It's a celebration that the sun (not "son" mind you, but you can understand how easy that would be to confuse over several thousand years) continues to rise, bring warmth, light, safety, and life to human kind. Simple observations such as these form the basis for the Christian religion and most others. No religion owns this holiday or this fact. It's sad that the name has been ripped off (the same thing sort of happened with marriage, when you think about it), but I suppose that wouldn't have happened had christians not spent the last few hundred years trying to be in charge of the world.

"Christmas" - the solstice - is really returning to it's roots in our newly minted post Christian America, if you ask me. We might continue calling it Christmas, which these days has more to do with trees inside our house than a celestial body mistaken for a man, but it's less and less about the stories in your bible and more and more about the true and wholesome human experience. Love, family, giving, selflessness, are the true meanings of the holiday season to more and more people every year. And if Christians really believe their book, I don't think they'll have a problem with that, since it very much seems inline with the teachings of Christ Jesus, sun of god.


Mr. Ullom,

With love in my heart for my favorite contrarian polemicist, I offer the following rejoinder from Melancton Smith to Robert R. Livingston, in July of 1788; that I was saving for use in my topic on the 2nd Amendment which is as apropos for this thread:

"I submit to the candor of [Talkabout], whether any evidence of the strength of a cause is afforded, when gentlemen, instead of reasoning fairly, assert roundly,; and use all the powers of ridicule and rhetoric, to abuse their adversaries. Any argument may be placed in a ridiculous light, by taking only detached parts. I wish, [fellow Talkabouters], that ridicule may be avoided. It can only irritate the passions, and has no tendency to convince the judgement."

And to think that a self-proclaimed pragmatic socialist did not take up an offer of free beer from an avowed capitalist.......the world is upside down......

Yours in Liberty,

JD the Federalist


With love in my heart for my favorite contrarian polemicist...

Gosh JD, I could say the same about you, too!


Wow, Scrooge certainly has nothing on most of these clowns!

Stacy, thanks for your simple post of hope and seasons greetings. As you can see on TA, no attempted good deed or offering of best wishes goes unpunished by those with nothing else in their lives except enmity.


Mr. Citizen,

I commend your chivalrous defense of Ms. Trevenon, however, the paternalistic nature of chivalry is not much appreciated in today's vernacular of manufactured civility for 'never being offensive' (political correctness); just as is a person who makes a vigorous argument of aversion.

Under this umbrella of 'correctness', your use of the broad brush of character imputement to paint those who present vigorous arguments with the colors of enmity, is an underhanded technique for a painting of hate speech.

In the end, a poor defense for your portrait of "a simple post of hope and season's greetings".

Yours in Liberty,

JD the Federalist


Thank you, JD, and I accept your apology.


Stacey, I like your post. I really appreciate a well written post. They are somewhat rare. Thank you.


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