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Maintain Christmas

December 10, 2012
The Mining Journal

To the Journal editor:

I'll be the first to admit that I watch those sappy Christmas movies that are shown every year. And I'll even tell you why. Because they always seem to have happy endings, and I happen to enjoy that.

But then I have to turn off the television and get back to real life. Once again it's that time of year when certain groups of people crawl out of their holes and try to destroy traditions that our country has cherished for generations.

Let me start with the attack on the phrase "Merry Christmas." Suddenly it's become a profanity that dare not be wished upon anyone in public. Oh sure, you can wish everyone a "happy holiday" but don't you dare cross that linguistic border with something even closely resembling a traditional Christmas greeting.

Only those who deeply cherish tradition dare travel into that land of greeting. Oh by the way, I do respect tradition, so it appears that I'll be doing some holiday traveling on the roads of language.

Now, there's something else that I enjoy this time of year. It's called a Christmas tree. You put lights and decorations on it, and then gather around it with family and friends so that you can share the warmth of their wonderful company, and be thankful for having them in your life.

But then again, there are people out there who don't want you labeling that tree with the word "Christmas" because it offends them. Somehow that label is a threat to their religious sensibilities, and that simply cannot be tolerated under any circumstances.

Well, that's just too bad. And just so you're aware, you're welcome to enjoy my Christmas tree anytime you'd like, while at the same time worshiping any God you choose. I won't be offended. So please, leave my Christmas tree alone, because it's not going anywhere.

The manger. Now there's something that threatens some people as well. That tiny baby lying there so peacefully. It's an outrage. How dare we display such a thing.

That child must be removed immediately from all manger displays. Beware of religious fanatics, atheists, and the ACLU.

The time has come to take back our dearly held traditions. I wish everyone a safe, happy, loving Merry Christmas!

Bruce Gustafson




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