I am probably the one of the oldest fibromites on this forum...a dinosaur at 62. I can remember the 'good ole' days when:
You cut down a tree three or four days before Christmas and decorated it with strings of pop corn and cranberries and other hand made ornaments that we made in school. Can't do that anymore in many schools because it might offend some kid that doesn't celebrate Christmas.
We went caroling on Christmas eve with other neighborhood kids...can't do that now either..you might be looking at a face full of pepper spray.
We would take one whole evening walking through the city streets looking at the store decorations that were elaborate and actually pertained to the season and not half naked women dressed in red underwear wearing a Santa hat.
The Season started in December...not in early October so that you find Christmas items intermingled with the Halloween Candy.
You could buy a box of Christmas cards with a religious theme in ANY store...I was in Kinney Drug last week and there was a women in a wheel chair trying to look through the shelves of cards and was knocking them all down because she couldn't reach them...I picked them up and asked if I could help her find something. She said "all I want is a box of cards that I can send to my church friends...not with frosty the snowman on them or rudolph..." I couldn't find any religious theme cards for her.
Gifts were adequate and pragmatic and my relatives didn't have to spend a fortune trying to find something we didn't all ready have in triplicate.
We had a small creche on the front lawn and no one sprayed it with rustoleum, nor did anyone come around with a yard stick to see if it was set up on the ten feet of frontage that the city owned.
My parents went to our Christmas pageants that WAY BACK THEN could actually include a nativity scene and we could sing Oh Holy Night.
And...Every retailer could say Merry Christmas to a customer without the fear of being fired.
No wonder we are all so stressed...and by the way, my husband is Jewish and I have several other religions practiced within my family, including a cousin who is Hindu, so my comments are not coming from my intolerence of any religion but my own. I have respect for them all and would never dream of depriving them of their rituals and celebrations. (just saw on Fox news that you can't take Christmas cookies into a federal or state building this year as gifts...and that the Capitol Library took down its tree because someone objected to some ornament that was religious in nature. Also that some of the potted Christmas trees around the Lincoln Memorial where stolen and replaced with Fetivus Poles)
I just read some of our posts and I am very sad at what some of us have to do to get through the whole ordeal with even a modicum of pleasure. We hurt, we ache, we love and look forward to being with family yet so many of us can't wait until it's over because the process has become so intense and overwhelming. I had a friend call last night that said she spent three hours in a store trying to find a gift for her son's day care provider...something that wouldn't 'offend' the provider or any of the parents that would be there for their little 'gift exchange' as last year some parent got upset at a box of candy that had a Christmas Angel on the box! Can you belieive it??? WHY BOTHER???
I say get rid of the holiday completely if it is so offensive to such a small handful of people who get to decide what I can display on my front lawn. Call it "Shopping Frenzy Season"...and may it start in July. If it is no longer allowed to be a religious holiday then get rid ot it!
The Constitution was founded on Religious freedom...where has it gone?
I know we aren't supposed to get into religion or politics on this forum so if anyone objects, feel free to have this post pulled. As far as I know, we are still allowed to agree to disagree in the country!
Many blessing for you all and may your fibro become nothing but white noise on the 25th!