The Early Days of a Better Nation

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Season's Greetings

I remember how much we enjoyed Christmas Day when we were children. It was the only day of the year when all the other kids went to church and we got to play in the street. Ignoring Christmas was a religious observance. On New Year's Day, however, we did go to church. We listened to a discourse on the history of our denomination, and afterwards, outside, everyone shook hands and wished each other a Happy New Year. Then we went home for a dinner of turkey, roast potatoes, and brussels sprouts, followed by a rich dark steamed bowl-shaped fruit pudding. We pulled crackers and put on paper hats, and opened our New Year presents.

Every year, I still go to the sale of charity Christmas cards at St John's to make sure I get at least one set of cards that say Season's Greetings and that don't have any symbols of the Christian or of the old religion, such as Nativity scenes, angels, holly leaves and/or berries, significant trees and/or stars, carol-singers or Santa Claus. These are for those of my relatives who still feel that Christmas is pagan.

This is why the now traditional annual war-on-the-war-on-Christmas leaves me unimpressed. We did it so much better when I was a lad.

Merry Christmas, everyone!


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