Monday, December 26, 2005

Christmas: 1 Scrooge: 0

In a resounding victory, Christmas threw off all opposition and was able to make an appearance for the entire day, December 25th 2005.
In a prepared statement, Christmas said:

"Well, it was a tough battle, the enemy was ready and prepared, but in the end, we were just unstoppable."

Christmas went on to say it was ready for the expected battle next year, which it anticipated would be just as bad.

Christmas's opponent, Code Named Scrooge, was disappointed but optimistic, saying:

"We made considerable headway against all that Peace on Earth crap, and everyone should realize right now that Christmas is in for a fight. Wait till next year. Bah Humbug!"

Observers admit the battle was fierce, but still acknowledge that victory was assured. One observer noted that:

"People can say what they will about Christmas, but in reality they just love a time of happiness, a time of peace. The roots to Christmas are inside us, the belief that people when given the chance would do good things. The whole season resonates with the desire to give a little more, and be a little happier".

One critic dissented, saying:
"Happier my butt, have you seen the mall?"
But supporters quickly reminded the critics how one previous opponent had been converted to an ardent supporter:
And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled 'till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. ~Dr. Seuss
Supporters were also quick to point out how Christmas seems to bring a transformation to people and their environment:

Instead of being a time of unusual behavior, Christmas is perhaps the only time in the year when people can obey their natural impulses and express their true sentiments without feeling self-conscious and, perhaps, foolish. Christmas, in short, is about the only chance a man has to be himself. ~Francis C. Farley

Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time. ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round, as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. ~Charles Dickens

Idealisitic? Maybe we all see it for our own reasons. Maybe it's just another day and we fool ourselves. Maybe people are this good everyday, and we just don't see it. But it still seems like the world is a little merrier and brighter this time of year.

I wish no disrespect to those who do not observe it, they should be respected for their beliefs. But even in that diversity there is a chance for all to enjoy the season. Perhaps Dave Berry has the clearest vision of the multicultural event, the holiday that has so many meanings, and the battle over correctness:

"In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it 'Christmas' and went to church; the Jews called it 'Hanukkah' and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say 'Merry Christmas!' or 'Happy Hanukkah!' or (to the atheists) 'Look out for the wall!' "

Maybe so.

Whatever this season means to you, please accept my wishes for a Merry Christmas, and Happy Holiday Season.