or the loss thereof
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.
me and mine to you and yours ...
Happy New Year!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Favorite quote, "The truth shall make you free." --John VIII. 32