I’ve just completed an odious chore – decorating the house for Christmas. Jesus is responsible for Christmas, but Satan is in all the nonreligious, secular details that take Christ out of Christmas and the joy out of the season. Only two Evangelists, Matthew & Luke, even mention Christ’s birth, so why have we “Christians” turned it into a three-ring circus that mocks the true meaning of Christ’s message? Christmas, in this country, is synonymous with greed, angst and ill-will. Spend, spend, spend! Eat, eat, eat! Rush, rush, rush! Well, for many years, I opted completely out of the season in my own way. But this “solution” hurt the ones I loved the most. I’ve changed, sort of, and now tolerate, if not embrace, Christmas. I’ll never be a “Bob Cratchit,” but I’m moving away from “Scrooge.”
Some people, after reading “Explaining Scrooge,” e-mailed me and said my essay was a complete fabrication. Well, the proof is in this picture! And, if you read “Explaining Scrooge,” please forgive my big-word binge!