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Merry Christmas!

25 Dec 2005

I'm sitting on the couch here at our apartment in Grand Rapids, MI. about to head over to the family's house for Christmas.

Yesterday we were at the cousin's house and mostly sat around talking about anything from gun control to Medicare, or politics to the school system. Might not sound all that "exciting," but I enjoy having intellectual conversations, especially with people who might have opposing views and can speak intelligently on them.

Today, we are headed to her sisterís house. We have our Christmas presents wrapped and will put them under the Censored Tree. I would have called it a Christmas tree but apparently that's no longer considered "politically correct." There is a push to call it a "Holiday Tree" as to not offend anyone.

What I'm really, really, curious to know, is how many people are actually offended by the term Christmas tree? Or even, how many people are offended when someone says to them, "Merry Christmas?"

If someone came up to me and said, "Happy Kwanza," I would appreciate the gesture whether I celebrate Kwanza, or Chanukah, or any other holiday.

Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas means have a "Good day on the 25th of December." For those that are believers, it means much more than that. It's the day that we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.

Either way, it's a joyous holiday for all. Unfortunately, "political correctness" is leaning towards tarnishing the holidays by going out of it's way to not offend anyone, by having us say, "Happy Holidays" and, "Oh my, what a lovely holiday tree." It's just silly.

I'm not one for political correctness in most areas. Whether it be racial profiling at the airports (which I am for to some degree) or taking the word God out of the constitution.

The country's obsession with not offending anybody is getting a little ridiculous. So Merry Christmas, Happy Chanukah, Happy Kwanza, and happy December 25th to all!


Also of note, there is a $30 qualifer at FCP today at 3:00pm EST with the top three finishers getting a chance to play in a 36 player tournament for seat #6 in the Protoge program. The tournament will also have a standard payout as well.