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Verbal Assassination

Spirit of Christmas
or the loss thereof

By Ron Lee
The Verbal Assassin

Here it is, the yuletide season rearing its materialistic head. Shoppers running to-and-fro scrambling, fighting, for the best parking spots outside the store with the day's "hottest" sale. Inside, fierce competition erupts in a mad dash to grab the latest craze off the shelf before they are all gone which sometimes results in bitter words or physical assault. It's unfortunate that giving has spawned such a massive corporate-driven nightmare of frantic consumerism. Worse yet, people freakin’ buy into it.

The true spirit of Christmas is now cheapened by a drive to exorcize its religious origins. “Politically correct" now becomes a fight against God in any form or indoctrination, and some corporate giants lead the way wanting to keep any religious tones out of their stores as to not alienate anyone. How sad that our forefathers established freedom of religion only for it to be used as a weapon for those seeking to excise any religious moral fundamentals from their daily existence.

It seems the mainstream American Christmas is now no more than a gift exchange which is shopped for and advertised for months beforehand. Lost for many is the acknowledgment of its founding purpose. And, it's now a day that exists, not to give for the sake of celebration of family, or friends, love, or even the undeniable bond of humanity, but rather to placate those in our lives with a purchase.

Well, I say “Ba-Frickin’-Humbug” on this new Christmas! True gifts don’t come wrapped in paper.

Giving can come in the form of kind words, hugs, moments of uninterrupted attention, a smile, and perhaps even sitting in silence and for once taking the time to truly listen. It's these moments of sharing that matter most - that last beyond broken toys and worn-out clothing. It's also these gifts that honor and celebrate those in our lives and shares with them the true meaning of the spirit of Christmas.

During your hectic “celebration” on Christmas Day, remember those who might be alone, those that don’t have homes, those who might be sad, those separated from their loved ones like those in the desert fighting for a peaceful democracy, or those here who daily shield us against crime, fire, and injury. And, think about giving the gift of your smile to everyone you pass.

Religious or not, we shouldn't let the spirit of true giving disappear from a day that came from the ultimate sacrifice of love for all mankind.

My wish is that each of you be touched by another's warmth of heart this year and that you take a moment before you give your gifts, to truly impress upon the recipient how much they really mean to you. Because really, who knows if you'll ever get the chance again.

From me and mine to you and yours ...

Merry Christmas &
Happy New Year!

Ron Lee - The Verbal Assassin


About the Author: Ron Lee has been a freelance and published writer since 1985. He attended Richmond University in London where he focused on theatre arts, and the University of Nevada Reno where he dual majored in criminal justice and psychology. He currently spends his time helping the US~Observer's clients with his no nonsense investigative reporting style. Ron may be reached at ron@usobserver.com. Favorite quote, "The truth shall make you free." --John VIII. 32

 

 

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