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Santa is Coming to Town!

Last night had a fun dilemma – either watch the 50th Special Anniversary of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” or the telecast of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”.  The winner – “Santa”!  Now before the tears come about the cuteness of “Rudolph” and yes like Clarice declares – he is cute!!  But see I own a VHS copy (yes this is how long ago it was purchased) of “Rudolph” but not of “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”.  Plus I missed the “Santa” telecast last year for which, although I have watched it every other year practically my entire life, I was disappointed!  Well watching all these classics are tradition!!  Part of the family Christmas memories, so a year without “Santa” is like a year without the holiday!

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I still smell the homemade -by-Mom- Christmas sugar cookies in the oven —-mmmmmm!!  The sparkling colorful lights on the tree and with tinsel (we all survived this dangerous tree decoration – ahh the joys of freedom), the handcrafted-by-Mom Mr. & Mrs, Santa in the corner, and of course the Nativity scene brightly on display. In our family home, Christmas was the most festive time of the year with joyful traditions which included watching all the season’s holiday classics!

Honestly I thought everyone in the world celebrated the December 24th/25th festivities until one day I was scolded by a retail customer for saying the apparent offensive greeting: “Merry Christmas”.  If looks could kill, I would have suddenly been six feet under.

Not so many years after the “grinch” experience, I was once again scolded by a fellow Christian for including “Santa” in my holiday decorations.  Oh the wrath!!  “If you rearrange the letters it spells s-a-t-a-n”…..apparently I needed an exorcism.

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But watching the classic stop-motion animation last night simply is affirmation that although “Jesus is the reason for the season”  (for which is mentioned in this Rankin-Bass special), but Santa plays an important role during the Advent season as well!

Imagine if the main character in “It’s A Wonderful Life” was Santa instead of George Bailey.  Well less children would be enthused about the holiday…no St. Nick – well then no animation classics like “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”, no baking of cookies to leave out for Santa, no Mr. Claus at the mall (then retailers have less reason for MERRY CHRISTMAS commercials – okay perhaps less commercialism would be lovely, however the “excitement” of Christmas would not be filling the air!

We believers in Christ should not be blaming jolly ol’ St, Nick for the diminishing message of “Christ is Born”, but our own-selves.  It is our calling to be fishers of men (and women) and to share the “good news”.  It is our responsibility to be good neighbors!  We all should be on our repentant knees praying for the world to know the truth and forgiveness of our own transgressions.  The church has allowed the commercialism, allowed the removal of nativity scenes, and allowed Jesus to merely be an accessory of the season.  (Written with love!  I include myself in the blame!)

Jesus said to “go out into the world”!  (Not be the judge of the world.).  And the world loves Santa Claus!!  He is loved for good reason – he bears gifts, he has a joyful laugh, works all year just to bring smiles and good cheer to the people, and makes children happy!!

Every day we are bombarded with bad news!  The periods between Thanksgiving and New Years Day is the one time of the year that we can put aside all the bad news and just enjoy watching our children light up with excitement!  To enjoy the traditions of the season and rejoice in our own fond Christmas memories which also include Santa!

Plus the origins of Santa is indeed based on Christianity: http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/who-is-st-nicholas/

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Perhaps the “seeds” of church attendance would have still sprouted into a fully-planted believer as an adult, however the images of Santa Claus, the animated holiday classics, the fun activity of helping mom bake cookies for the jolly-round-man-in-red, and the excitement of Christmas morning to see what he had placed under the tree certainly instilled solid traditions and a stronger desire to learn the true meaning of the season!  Plus remember he chose the night we honor as Jesus’ birthday to bestow us with good cheer!

So I enjoyed the fun tradition of eating sugar cookies while watching “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” last night!  Tonight I think I will put in my VHS copy of “Rudolph”!  Merry Christmas!!

The Grinch Stole America

‘Tis the Season to Be Jolly Fa la la la la la la la la!!

The other night I watched the traditional lighting of the New York Christmas tree with Mariah, Hootie (known now for his actual name Darius Rucker), Lauper and others belting out Christmas classics! Drinking a glass of eggnog (no, not spiked – this was family hour) and cozy wearing my Snuggy (yes I thought they were funny too until I received one as a gift – so for any last Christmas ideas…..).

Pumpkin pie spice in the air – thank you Fabreeze! And with visions of sugar plums…..oh uhm the music had carried me away and then it happened – the Grinch stole Christmas!

“This event almost did not happen……” The words were all a blur – wait this is a Christmas celebration. Why are you changing the mood? Then my twitter account alerts broke the mood even more with #shutitdown.

Trisha Yearwood’s joyous voice, Fabreeze, eggnog, and my Snuggy could not bring me back to jingle bells!

Christmas has always been my favorite time of year! The reminder of Jesus’ birth and normally the warm spirits and greetings people exude.

The smell of the colorfully decorated tree with homemade ornaments from your precious little angels; eager children (and some not so eager screaming at the top of their lungs) waiting in line to tell Santa what they want for Christmas; unexpected seasons greetings cards in the mail from childhood friends; neighbors inviting you to their holiday parties; the candle-lit packed Christmas Eve service with the manger scene gloriously displayed, and of course we cannot forget those extra pounds on the scale due to all the sinfully delicious holiday treats!

Christmas in America has been spirit and tradition-filled for years. The time of year in which people reflect and realize love is really all we need. However this year the Grinch is stealing Christmas in America.

Unless a person is living in a monastery (in constant meditation without any outside news and influence), everyone outside such a monastery has heard the chats of “hands up, don’t shoot” and “I cannot breathe” post non-guilt jury decisions involving police officers and deceased suspects. The protests, encouraged by alleged leader of the free world and a couple “reverends” creating chaos instead of God’s love and peace, have filled the streets of numerous major cites nationwide especially in New York, Los Angeles, Oakland, and Ferguson.

Albeit the mood in America this season is not so jolly, honestly this has been an unfortunate growing trend in America over recent years. From the decline of profits in holiday shopping sales to city council bans on Nativity Scenes.

Unfortunately the Thanksgiving to New Year calendar is not the only time the Grinch is present in America and no amount of patriotism from the tea party movement can mask the fundamental transformation lead by radicals with no love in their heart for the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Perhaps all these years were an illusion, however growing up in America was full of love, unity, patriotism, faith, and unity. Unfortunately at some point people decided it was so bad for them in the land of liberty that rebellion and demands filled with cruelty and hate for their fellow man-and-womankind filled the air.

We are a world of sinners so absolutely there are problems in not only America, but the world in existence. Yes we have a disturbing implementation of a police state. Yes life can be unfair. Yes no one is perfect. Yes people differ in culture, opinions, beliefs, interests, and values. But despite the issues, America is the land of dreams which bring immigrants to this country – a country for which they are able to have a better life.

Perhaps what we need is a “Wonderful Life” experience without America or without Christmas. Find out what the world would be like without a Republic, without a free market system, without love, without all the inventions created in this country like electricity, dental floss, fire alarms, dishwashers, baseball, jelly beans (yum), etc…..

America may not be the Garden of Eden, but this is only a temporary life and would it not be better to live this temporary life with love and forgiveness instead of lies and hate.

The excessive force in the New York incident was indeed tragic, but all the looting, hate, and beating innocent victims to death following this incident has been equally tragic. Darkness cannot expel darkness! Only the real reason for the season can restore pain.

The Grinch had a tiny heart filled with plotting revenge but in the end he opened up his eyes, his ears, and most importantly his heart. Why can’t we as Americans do the same?

Maybe it is time we all stop, reflect on Christmas’ past, smell the Fabreze, cuddle with a Snuggy with a cup of nog (maybe spiked is best this time) and pray for “peace, love and understanding”.