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A Christmas In Need

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Posted 10-11-2008 at 09:56 AM by Jeff Westover

I received an unusually bitter email this week. As the financial markets have melted down world wide it seems to have reached us here in an odd way.

"How can you celebrate Christmas with the clear suffering going on in the world?" the emailer asked.

Believe it or not, we get this from time to time. It is not that people hate Christmas. For whatever reason they seem to resent the fact that we celebrate it.

The email went on to ask what we're going to do about all the misery in the world this Christmas.


Well, Mysterious Emailer, I'll tell you what we're going to do about it: we're going to celebrate it again.

It amazes me how Christmas can be so misunderstood and misinterpreted even still. Some out there seem to think that we're part of some big plan, some organization, some nefarious element with an agenda to push.

Some suggest is, by it's nature, a religious thing. That Christmas is really a manufactured missionary tool of Christianity.

Others opine it is an economic strategy of some sort coordinated by commerce to drive sales.

Of course, Christmas is none of that.

The world woes aren't going to do a thing to our celebration of Christmas. Who knows? Maybe it will drive more here to celebrate it with us.

And this year we are going to celebrate better than we ever have before. Many of us are exchanging cards and ornaments. We are having a whale of a time on Merry Christmas Radio with music and shared merriment.

Did you see what we're doing there? Radio Jon D is organizing an effort to get readers of "The Night Before Christmas" recorded and then compiled for sharing on MCR.

How cool is that? I'm doing my recording this weekend and sending it to Jon. In fact, I'm going to record all my kids, too. It ought to be a fun Christmas activity.

Also, don't forget our efforts over at Nothing says Christmas like playing Santa.

It is a Christmas in need for all of us. For those worried about losing jobs or value in the market or whether or not the dollar is doing well against the yen Christmas will come too.

And that's because Christmas is none of that.
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    Jeff, I would say that there are a lot of people that feel that way with the way the economy is . People are far too materialistic .They forget the true meaning of Christmas .

    I do feel bad for those who have small children though who will wake up Christmas morning and find nothing under the tree.How does one explain to them ,that it's not that they were bad ,but just that Santa didn't have the money?

    Mine are grown 19 and 22,but still my heart goes out to those little one's .
    Posted 10-11-2008 at 11:17 AM by Ms_Speedy_Elf Ms_Speedy_Elf is offline
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    How can we not celebrate? Christmas is a time to try to forget our suffering & enjoy ourselves as best we can
    The worse things get the MORE we need Christmas
    Posted 10-11-2008 at 02:54 PM by dvdelf dvdelf is offline
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