Christmas on my mind

Click here or on the web link for this week's program.I was sick a few days this week which gave me time to ruminate on things. I thought about Christmas quite a bit.



Hard Candy Christmas


I can see the internet searches that bring people to the online version of my column. Many of the searches are for “meaning of hard candy Christmas.” I wrote a column with this title without ever answering what is a hard-candy Christmas. Based on simple context and my own sense, I would say it is a Christmas when there was only money enough for hard candy; as opposed to the more expensive chocolates. I think it has become a metaphor for any depression or disappointment during the Holiday season. I myself always prefer hard candy as there is no chance of picking chocolate-covered coconut truffles which are gross.


The Silver-haired elf


I know of no one more filled with Christmas spirit than my mother in-law, Jeanette Walseth. Jeanette brought us warm, caramel rolls at work just the other day. Later on that week, she stopped at the Thief River Falls, Minnesota fire hall and later the city depot with the identical caramel-flavored, aluminum broiler pans of love. She decorates her home with yard ornaments she made herself which pleases everyone and volunteers to perform any service she can get her hands on. Christmas is about the birth of Jesus. Jesus is about love. My mother in-law Jeanette has an amazing capacity to love and backs it up with action. She’s a good example to follow if ever you are interested in being a good person.


The presence of presents


I’ve written often of my own conflict of whether to give presents or not. When presents are given in celebration of the birth of Christ, they are awesome. When gifts become the reason for Christmas, they detract from the celebration of the fact of the historical event of Jesus’ birth. Lisa and I have worked this out. We have taken a portion of our gift-giving and donated it to the Pennington County Humane society. This is the most rewarding gift I give or receive.


You gotta fight, for you right (thanks Beastie Boys)


A recent PEW research poll found that seventy percent of our nation felt it was fine to have religious symbols of Christmas displayed in public places. The other thirty percent would not be purely atheists but would include a percentage of Christians who mistakenly believe that religious symbols somehow violate someone’s rights.


I am offended when someone burns a flag in a public display of anger against America. However , the supreme court has upheld this action under the 1st amendment. Why then, is a display of a religious symbol, which may offend a few, somehow a violation of civil rights? Lets get this straight, your civil rights do not include the right to never be offended.


I believe people of faith, all religions, cast our eyes on the same God; our perspectives are just from many different sides of the same mountain. We need to keep our faith, or all we will be allowed to worship is our own government. This is a false prophet and unworthy. There has been a movement to fight bullies on all fronts. Christians are now bullied by a small, vocal and organized group of people. It is time to worship openly and vocally as a means to prevent our future loss of this right and to say we will not be bullied. Merry Christmas.

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