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"Appropriate Remark""

December 27, 2007 Leave a comment

Read this bit from Dave Berry, and thought it was perfect to describe my feelings about what the holiday of Christmas has become:

‘Once again, we come to the Holiday Season, a deeply religious time that each of us observes, in his own way, by going to the mall of his choice.
In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it “Christmas” and went to church; the Jews called it “Hanukkah” and went to synagogue; the atheists went to parties and drank. People passing each other on the street would say “Merry Christmas!” or “Happy Hanukkah!”or (to the atheists) “Look out for the wall!”
These days, people say “Season’s Greetings,” which, when you think about it, means nothing. It’s like walking up to somebody and saying “Appropriate Remark” in a loud, cheerful voice. But “Season’s Greetings” is safer, because it does not refer to any actual religion. Some day, I imagine, even “Season’s Greetings” will be considered too religious, and we’ll celebrate the Holiday Season by saying “Have a nice day.” ‘

What can I add? – Dave Berry really sums up how I feel about life in this PC world. We’ve gone so far to the extreme of not offending everyone, that even the most important holiday in the Christian faith has really lost it’s meaning to the majority of people. Instead of a celebration of our Saviour’s birth, it’s become just another way to make everyone feel good by buying stuff and faking a smile. I guess that’s why I have such a problem with political correctness….. Things that are really important/meaningful/spicy that have the scepter of PC passed over them, almost completely lose their importance/meaning/spiciness to make it “safe” for everyone. I use the spicy metaphor because it’s easy for me (surprise/surprise) to relate to this via food. I like my food spicy – not blister your mouth, make you cry and belch flames, but spicy. It kinda lets you know you’re eating something, not just a mouthful of bland tasteless porridge. To me, that’s the way life in general should be. It shouldn’t be bland and tasteless, it should have some spice, some meaning. (I guess I don’t really have the choice of having a bland tasteless life, living in the wild and crazy house I live in.) But I digress (as usual)… It seems that the PC police want us all to just be happy eating the bland, tasteless porridge of life to be “safe” and not burn our tongues on something the least bit spicy/meaningful. Sorry – can’t do that!!! To me life without meaning is not life, it’s existence. God doesn’t want us to simply exist, we’re supposed to live. I think if the PC trend continues the way it’s headed, we’ll just simply be existing on safe bland porridge, and not truly experiencing life – living the gift that God gave us….
I hope everyone had a wonderful (and meaningful) Christmas. We really enjoyed the day spent with our family, and we got to share a little tradition with some friends that dropped by that evening. It all started back when Hannah was 3, she brought up an amazingly good point – if Christmas is the day we celebrate the birthday of Jesus; how come he doesn’t get a birthday celebration like the rest of us? So for the last 3 years we have made a birthday cake to celebrate Jesus’s birthday. So when the Phillips came by Christmas night, we all sang “Happy Birthday” together and shared some of Jesus’s birthday cake. A very simple celebration, but one that has meaning – both to the kids, and a great reminder to us forgetful grownups. One of those little things that adds just the right amount of ‘spice’ to the day.

Until next time…..

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Mini Matt’s tooth pulled out :-(

December 3, 2007 Leave a comment

Wow…. You know how they say the youngest child is always the wildest? It’s true…..
Our new 4 year old (4 yr & 1 1/2 mo.) is now missing one of his top front teeth. Back a couple months ago he was doing something(?) wild and crazy, and banged his tooth on something (??). Back in mid-November he got to go to his first Dental checkup. Turns out his little mishap actually killed his top baby tooth. The dentist looked at his X-Ray and said that the roots were receeding and his tooth will probably fall out early. Oh and “there’s a slight chance” he could develop an infection because of his receeding roots. Well……. “slight chance” in Mini Matt’s world is a 100% guarantee. He developed an abcess Friday evening just about the time the dentist’s office closed.
First thing Monday (Thanksgiving week), we’re making arrangements with the dentist to have his tooth pulled, after a round of antibiotics, and a really fun time trying to fill a prescription for Versed to calm him down.
Everything turned out fine, and Mini is $1.50 richer after a visit from the toof faiwee. 🙂
So, how was your Thanksgiving?

Until next time…..

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