I dont know, when I was young I remember Christmas as the best time of the year. When ever I felt down in life I'd think of something happy and it was alway Christmas thoughts for me. As I grew older, and still today, I remember how Christmas was as a kid. Sitting around the tree with my siblings starring at the lights and ornaments and of coarse the presents. Id sit there wondering what was inside the package and looking through the paper and shake and feel around until I would finally figure out what it was and then I would be so let down because half of the excitment was just trying to figure it out. My brother and I never went to sleep on Christmas Eve. We stayed awake until mom and dad went to bed and then sneak up and look at what Santa had brought us. We would sit there all night excited out of our wits waiting for 6 am. ( That was OUR elected time to wake the parent's) They of coarse said 8 am. We would go and wake the other brothers and sisters and then we would all sit there whispering. Finally at 6am we would pour coffee and send the little sister in with coffee to wake mom and dad. I guess they couldn't refuse those big blue eyes. Then finally dad would come out and scratch his head and say "looks like Santa has been here, " then pass out the presents.
I always loved to go down town to shop. The Christmas music would play over the speakers so all the shoppers could here. I also loved the sing-a-longs we use to have in grade school. You know, the ones we are not allowed to have because a "Christmas" song may offend someone. Those were the days when we said The Pledge Of The Legion every morning and were allowed to have "Christmas" parties. NOT holiday parties. For heavens sake, how can you take away Christmas?? It is not possible. That is the day Christ Jesus, our savior was born and we want to celebrate Jesus Birthday just as we do our own!! What happened to the true meaning of Christmas? I taught my children that Christ is the reason for the Season, and that we want to celebrate our Savior. It's perfectly fine to have presents, I mean the wise men brought gifts, but somewhere along then line some people stopped celebrating Jesus and started celebrating themselves. Christmas is a time for giving and loving every minute of it, but DO NOT forget the true meaning! Teach it to your children. If you don't, sooner or later our future generations won't celebrate Christmas at all, and won't that be sad. LETS PUT CHRIST FIRST AND ABOVE ALL ELSE!
WISH EVERY ONE YOU SEE BETWEEN NOW AND CHRISTMAS A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND DO IT IN A JOYFUL MANNER. SO, MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF YOU! NO ONE IS TAKING CHRIST AWAY FROM ME!!!