If You Like Your Christmas, You Can Keep Your Christmas

He had no further intercourse with Spirits, but lived upon the Total Abstinence Principle, ever afterwards; and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any man alive possessed the knowledge. May that be truly said of us, and all of us! And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One!

Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

We are on day 241 of 15 days to slow the spread.

I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite things about the Christmas holiday is sitting by the tree lights just sort of vegging out to Christmas music, or perhaps a favorite Christmas movie like Die Hard, having some egg nog with extra nog, and just soaking up the warm fuzzies of the season.

Narrator: This year he’ll need extra nog.

Usually my time to do that is after the hustle and bustle and after we’ve had to remind the boys to clear the wrapping paper from the living room.

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That time between Christmas and New Years sort of hits a sweet spot and I cap it off with watching the Tournament of Roses Parade.

I’d love to have the pre-holiday time to do that. But for the last 20 years or so, either at our church Christmas production which is huge, and I mean huge, or now donning the red suit, the months of November and December are pretty busy.

They’re still busy this year. Just in a different way.

This year we also have the added stress of the election and the pandemic.

If that wasn’t bad enough, then our overlords tell us that we shouldn’t be gathering for the holidays.

Bah! Humbug!

I’m not one of those who considers Christmas to be threatened. Sure there’s a lot of animosity toward Christians and anything we try to do or celebrate. But it’s always been that way. Jesus even said so.

I don’t have my plastic nativity set anymore because I’ve scaled way back on the outdoor decorations. But at one point I bought it and put it up precisely because manger scenes were being removed from public property. I don’t have a problem with that because I don’t want the government to have anything to do with my faith.

This is different.

We’ve been told for months that churches can’t gather, and if they do gather, they can’t sing.

Now we’re being told that families can’t gather.

Heck the mayor of New York even threatened to round up the Jews in October.

We’ve seen that movie.

Here’s the thing. Christians and Jews have been perscecuted for centuries. It comes with the territory.

I fear that American Christians became too complacent. We just assumed certain things and now when we’re being challenged we’re having a hard time with it.

This could be a real testing of our faith, and of the strength, or weakness, of the American church.

Let’s be clear, it’s not about canceling parades, or parties, or our neighborhood cookie exchange. We as Christians need to remember that.

Like I said yesterday, be careful. But the government can stay the jingle bells out of my house.

But you know what, even if we can’t gather and celebrate like usual. Even if I’ll have to drink all the egg nog by myself.

Narrator: The bourbon is a disinfectant.

Even if all of those things are true you know what won’t change?

Christmas.

Oh, I don’t mean the plastic nativities and the parades and the presents and the lights. Sure we’ve lost some of that.

There have always been attempts to stop Christmas.

Herod tried to stop it from the outset.

Some thirty-ish years after that, they nailed it to a tree.

How we celebrate, or observe, has changed. And that will look a little different this year.

But you stop Christmas from coming no matter how hard you try.

Christmas doesn’t need saving.

We do.

And that’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.

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From My Cold, Cranberry Stained Hands

Why for fifty-three years I’ve put up with it now!
I must stop Christmas from coming! But how?

Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas

We are on day 240 of 15 days to slow the spread.

Thanksgiving is next week.

You know, it’s the holiday that began with colonists giving thanks for God’s provision for the year after they sailed to a new land to escape and oppressive government and religious persecution.

So, ever since Joe Biden was declared President Elect by the media…

NARRATOR: The media isn’t the final say.

…we’ve been hearing about an increase in COVID cases. I’m sure it has a lot to do with back to school and the

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weather changing, but nothing to do with thousands of people celebrating the Harris Administration in the streets.

I ain’t wrong.

Regardless, our overlords are now declaring that Thanksgiving is the next threat. Whilst I do understand that sharing a table together is one of the riskiest places to be, get out of my house.

Matt Walsh wrote on Twitter:

@MattWalshBlog
The public ignoring “scientists and medical experts” is not what ruined Thanksgiving You guys being constantly wrong about everything, never admitting it, never apologizing, and still supporting BLM protests while yelling at people for going to church is what achieved that

Enough already. We’re not doing another lockdown.

You can’t tell me how many people I can have at my Thanksgiving table.

For the record Karen, we’re having six.

You’ve already ruined Easter, and summer vacation, and school, and church, and have damn near killed the economy.

You’re not taking Thanksgiving.

Don’t even think about touching Christmas.

Honestly, I don’t think the science in charge has any real clue about how this virus is going to react. They have been anything but consistent in their messaging.

Even allowing them the grace to understand that it was a learning curve, they’ve still put us through endless hell and toilet paper shortages.

I do not discount the severity of this virus.

I know people who have had the virus and recovered.

I have friends who have lost loved ones to the virus.

A few weeks ago, because of some suspicious symptoms, I had my own test done.

It’s just that I don’t trust the government to tell us how to handle it.

David Limbaugh said on Twitter

@DavidLimbaugh
Can some of these experts finally admit they really don’t know how to tame a virus (other than a vaccine) any more than they can use their vaunted science to manipulate the global thermostat? Arrogance comes to mind, but what do I know?

Here’s the deal.

Be careful. If your immune system is compromised or you’re just plain scared, stay home.

If you decide to go out, wear your mask when you’re inside or around other people.

Wash your hands frequently.

Eat a healthy diet, drink plenty of water, take your vitamins, and get some exercise.

And then get the #@$% on with your life.

Over 400 years ago settlers came to this country to escape a tyrannical government, to escape religious persecution, to seek and build a better life.

No they didn’t have it easy. Yes, there was disease and hunger, and not so friendly neighbors.

But you know what they didn’t do? They didn’t stay home in fear.

If they had, you’d be reading this in English today.

Pass the mashed potatoes please.

But only if you washed your hands first.