UNBORN WORD of the day

December 18, 2007, 12:22 am
Filed under: Advent, Christmas


Imagine you are a scoundrel. C’mon…we are all scoundrels sometimes, even if just for a few minutes at a time.

Well anyway, imagine that there was a scoundrel who lived in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago. A scoundrel who had a conscience…and his conscience bothered him a lot. This winter he was particularly nasty. One night an angel appeared to him in a dream and said to him “Go out to Bethlehem tomorrow night to the fields where the sheep graze and someone will speak to you there. They will direct you to a cave and God will meet you there.”

The next night he fearfully does as the angel commanded him, not sure if he would even live another day. He was terrified of meeting God face to face. The hours go by and he distracts himself making small talk with the local shepherds. It gets colder. Suddenly:

“An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, ‘Be not afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people; for to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a babe wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased!’” (Luke 2:9-14)

They hurry towards the caves and find one aglow with soft light. They gather ‘round the entrance to the cave, the scoundrel hanging back in the shadows. No one is speaking. The scoundrel gets up his nerve and quietly moves forward into the light. He sees a man half kneeling, half crouching forward, and beside him a woman who is kneeling in prayer. ‘Where is God and where is the baby?’ he wonders. He moves closer, and suddenly he sees the baby lying there in the manger. He is given an inspiration; that God and the baby are One! The baby turns His head slightly and looks up at the scoundrel. Then in the depths of his soul the scoundrel hears the words: “Your sins are forgiven. Go in peace.”

Most of the words spoken that Silent Night were spoken in the depths of souls.


Say Merry Christmas! Not Happy Holidays
December 14, 2007, 10:49 pm
Filed under: Christmas


Happy Holidays:Merry Christmas!

In recent years many organizations have pointed out that different chain stores have banned the words Merry Christmas and instead have replaced them with the bland and ‘inoffensive?’ Happy Holidays. My mother-in-law, Mrs. Mary Peate sent us another letter – she has noticed that this is a pattern in her local paper too. Whenever they can they use the words Happy Holidays to replace Merry Christmas. She wants to start a movement , “Let’s all say Merry Christmas – not Happy Holidays”. Here’s what Mary wrote:

Let’s all Rally Round the wassail bowl and raise our cups in a Christmas salute to those hard-working pressured types at the Burlington Free Press who write the headlines in that paper. Lets toast them for their earnest, dedicated, and always successful efforts to avoid using the word Christmas, even when the story is about Christmas.

You can see the fruits of their labors in the first section of the December 3rd edition. On the Front page we read: Pomerleau Holiday Party Celebrates Families. I bet the invitation issued by Mr. Pomerleau called it a Christmas Party. I understand that Mr. & Mrs. Claus were at the party too. I have no doubt they responded to the invitation with ‘we would be delighted to come to your Christmas Party Mr. Pomerleau’.

On the front page of Section B we see the heading; Colchester Celebrates Holiday Season With Song. Reading that I thought, “Bet the songs they sang were Christmas songs and carols. Especially since the caption below the picture states, ‘Dozens of people turn out for the annual Christmas tree lighting and caroling at the Colchester meeting house afterward’.

Since when has Christmas become a dirty word? Was it when the campaign began a few years back when people were urged to say, ‘Happy Holidays’ instead of ‘Merry Christmas’? If so it must have been one individual who started it all, in that case I intend to take it on myself to start a campaign to bring back Merry Christmas. Even the stores we go to to buy our Christmas presents wish us Happy Holidays. Do those words convey the same warmth as do Merry Christmas called out cheerily as people have been doing for decade after decade. Why change a good thing? I intend to be a pest about this business this year.

So, MERRY CHRISTMAS to you and yours. I hope you have a lovely time; stay in a good frame of mind; visit the crèche; say a prayer; sing Happy Birthday to Jesus; show off your pipes singing a Christmas Carol.

Thank whoever gives you a gift sincerely, enthusiastically and gratefully. Just think of what went into the process it had to take to find its way from the gifters hand to your hand: Earning the funds to pay for it; deciding what to buy; going out and getting it; wrapping it; and delivering it to you. This year being a tough one for everyone, a little gratitude would be all the more welcome.

And you kids with a Christmas tree in your living room, thank your mom and dad for all the hard work, time, and talent they put into making Christmas day a good one that you’ll remember and maybe will wax nostalgically about when you’re an adult. Don’t let those so-called politically correct freaks spoil your fun or your Christmas. Have a Merry one!


Mary Peate


the Grinch is truly stealing Christmas – one school at a time
November 28, 2007, 12:05 am
Filed under: Christmas


It seems that the Grinch is truly stealing Christmas – one school at a time – Here are a few examples:

District prohibits Christmas colors

‘Scrooge’ school bans children giving Christmas cards

Another school censoring Christmas?

And this week when my mother-in-law, Mrs. Mary Peate, read this in her own paper in Vermont: Naughty or nice? She decided enough was enough!

Here is the mock letter she sent to her local paper purporting to be from a school board chairman and addressed to Mary and Joseph:

Dear Mary and Joseph,

We regret to have to inform you that your son has been expelled from school. Someone has decided that He should not show His face or darken our doors again. Great concern has been expressed that songs sung about Him might promote the novel and somewhat quaint notion of peace on earth, good will towards men and a warm generous feeling sometimes referred to as the Christmas spirit. Oh dear, we can’t have any of that.

It is permissible, however, for latent Valley girls to utter, when quite surprised an “O my g_d!” in schools; and in the streets while walking to school and in shops when buying Christmas (oops!) presents for their teachers.

It’s just policy!

It all started when some ‘correct’ person came up with the politically correct observation that it wasn’t quite nice or polite to keep referring to Christmas in this season since we don’t celebrate Hanukkah, Ramadan, and Kwanzaa that much. Therefore don’t mention it at all. To heck with tradition who needs it?

Secularly yours

The Chairman of the School Board

P.S. As chairman I haven’t had much time to deal with your son’s school problems having been busy with all the lawsuits and investigations resulting from the guns that children have been shooting in school since your son was dismissed (by some weird coincidence).

I also want to thank all the parents for their dumb support for each new philosophy we introduce to the school system. We’re grateful for their monetary donations and sheep-like acquiescence to any crazy scheme we think up. “Just lay it out on the table” I tell the board, the parents will buy anything. If there is any fuss I’ll call my attorney. I’m assuming that this year the schools will stay open and there will be no Christmas holiday. Won’t bother your son though, will it?  Ha Ha Ha!