Last night I had the displeasure? of chatting with a woman from Ridley at Thomas’ Cafe. She said she was Catholic, and soon our conversation turned to the sex abuse scandal that plagues the Catholic Church. She admitted that it bothered her that no mention of this ever comes up at Mass. I then asked her what she thought of the meaning of the word “Christmas”. I saw by the look in her eyes and the way she half smiled what was to come next.
She explained to me that when she was a kid (judging from her looks that wasn’t that long ago), she believed in Santa Clause and did all the things that her Mom had told her to do on Christmas Eve, like leaving some milk and cookies for Santa. As she got older, she found out (like we all did) that Santa Claus is a crock of baloney. She further stated that she didn’t believe in Jesus being born in a manger, etc, etc.
I asked her what demon invaded her soul. Before she replied, I answered her question. The reason you don’t believe in Christmas is because the mass media has censored it for decades, instead shoving Santa Claus, Presents, Xmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa down our throats while making it “Politically Incorrect” to mention even the word Christmas in most references to the holiday. Anyone reading this knows I am telling the truth. Of course she said I was wrong in my assumptions, and walked to the other side of the bar. To me “Christmas” is celebrating the birth of Jesus. It’s about giving, as he gave to us. The fact that other religious groups do not acknowledge this should not allow them to be able to try to ban or change Christmas. But they are doing just this. Just pick up your local newspaper, watch your favourite TV show, even go to a local Wawa where instead of “Merry Christmas” you’ll get “Happy Holidays” as you finish paying for your coffee. The list is endless.
As I was ready to leave with my wife, I walked over to the young woman, who was chatting it up with her three girlfriends. I had two words to say to her.