In our busy lives, now is a good time to take a step back and look at the big picture. This is a season for reflection on the really important things in our lives. When we are dead and gone the world will still be humming along without us. But while we are still here, this is a good time to gather with family and friends and celebrate two vital tradtions of American life..
Thanksgiving is the proper time to remember more than turkey and dressing. We should take time to be THANKFUL that we live in a free country. Yes, we are going through tough political times right now, with our senate dispensing with 200 year old traditions and tyrannical powers being forced on us, but America will persevere. It always has outlived adversity. If you practice a religion take a moment to thank God (for God is universal in all religions) for putting you in this one-of-a-kind country. If you have no religion give thanks to “luck” or “providence” or “the universe” for the same thing. America is still, just barely, but still The Land of the Free. It is only the Home of the Brave to our Military, God bless them. Not many people leave America to move to some other land, but millions would give anything to come to America. The freedom that we take for granted is not known in any other part of the world.
Also this season is a time for Christians to celebrate the birth of Christ. The nay-sayers and wrong-thinkers have been so noisy about “separation of church and state” that they have almost eliminated any reference to Christmas. Schools have “Holiday Trees” instead of Christmas trees. Stores are afraid to put a Merry Christmas sign in a window for fear of “offending” some cretin. There is not a word in our Constitution that separates church and state. It merely guarantees that the government WILL NOT force a religion on anyone and that is as it should be. But regardless of the non-tolerant Christmas-Haters this is still a Judeo-Christian nation and the founders were all God fearing and God loving men, whose hands were guided by God in constructing our Constriction. So celebrate Christ’s birth as that of one of the world’s greatest teachers, if nothing else. And unashamedly wish your friends, whatever their religion, a “Merry Christmas” and be proud of it.