Fog comes on little cat feet.
It sits looking over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on. -Carl Sanburg
Christmas comes on big trucks.
It sits looming over counter and shelf
in bustling stores
and lingers for months. - Hale McKay
When the October shelf space for Halloween displays are reduced to make room for the Christmas paraphernalia, I can't help but ask myself, "Am I the only one who realizes that the latter holiday is almost two months away?"
....Of course, I'm not the only one. I know that. Then, to add insult to injury to my sense of a perfect world, there were houses already decked out in Christmas regalia -in October! While I am no Scrooge, is it any wonder that by the time the first of December rolls around, that I finding myself spreading cheer with such epithets as "Merry Friggin' Christmas?"
Although this early capitalistic free enterprise force feeding of goods sticks in my craw, it falls to a distant second place to a carcinogenic evil of pandemic proportions. The previous sentence was a verbose way of fighting back against this threat. But first, allow me to say this:
! Tis the season!
I don't care who the f**k you are or where the f**k you came from, under no circumstances do you have the right to deny me one iota of my freedom of speech or expression. It offends you because you don't worship or believe in Jesus Christ? You have the same rights as I to believe and practice your own religion, but not at the expense of others.
....You've taken away prayer in our schools. You've taken away the Pledge of Allegiance. You've maliciously tried to have "In God We Trust" removed from our currency. What more do you want?
You want what? You want me to say "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas ?" To put things in perspective, why don't we change the name of the state of Alabama? Why don't we find another name for apple pie a la mode? Those are sure to offend someone, don't you think? Who wants a state or dessert that contains the phonetic sound of "Allah ?" Does anyone else see the folly of all this falderal?
You've denied us the Nativity scene on public properties. You want it removed from private properties also. Nyah-nyah-nyah! You didn't get that one, assholes, did you?
....Well, I'm not about to stoop to your level - to that of whale shit which lies on the bottom of the ocean - and attack your Gods or religions. However, with all the crap you've been shoveling, I'd be perfectly within my rights to do so.
....I have just one more thing to say on this matter, and you can put it in your pipe and smoke it:
Hopefully on this sensitive subject, this will be the end-all to end all !