Friday, November 25, 2005

Holiday Cheer


The Christmas season begins today. The malls opened by 6 am so eager shoppers could spend their way depper into debt. It's only 8:30 am as I write this and already CNN is reporting on shoppers beating one another. BAH HUMBUG!

This is not what the holidays are about folks. It's supposed to be a time to spread cheer.

The English have the wonderful tradition of "Boxing Day" which has been celebrate since the middle ages. On December 26th they opened the "alms box" in which the people placed their extra money and gave money to the poor of the neighborhood.

You can spread cheer in small ways.

Share a smile with a stranger. Better yet! Waive to the person who cuts you off in traffic but make sure to use your whole hand. You'll be glad you let the stress turn into something positive.

Or you can do it in big ways.

This season I wonder what kind of holiday the Katrina victims will be having? We could make it better by sending help to their rebuild homes. You could go down to New Orleans and volunteer, open your home, or just write your Congressman. Whatever you do will make a difference.

While you're at it tell your respesentatives to bring the troops home for the holidays too!


Happy Christmas (War Is Over)
Written by - John Lennon & Yoko Ono

So this is Christmas
And what have you done?
Another year over
And a new one just begun
And so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young

A very Merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear

And so this is Christmas
For weak and for strong
For rich and the poor ones
The world is so wrong
And so this is Christmas
For black and for white
For yellow and red ones
Let's stop all the fight

A very Merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear

So this is Christmas
And what have you done?
Another year over
And a new one just begun
And so this is Christmas
I hope you have fun
The near and the dear one
The old and the young

A very Merry Christmas
And a Happy New Year
Let's hope it's a good one
Without any fear

War is over!
If you want it
War is over!
Now!

Remember. The holiday season is not about what gifts you get. It's about the love you give.


Copyright 2005 by Mark Leon Winegar

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