Did you remember today is Armed Forces Day? Established under Pres. Harry Truman’s administration in 1949, this indeed is a special day. The first celebration of Armed Forces Day took place on May 20, 1950. There is an alarming disrespect for the Armed Forces these days. During Sen. John McCain’s presidential run in 2008, there was an unbelievable amount of mocking of his time as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam and his naval service in general. In an urban radio chat room, someone mocked another chatter’s relative for serving in Iraq, by calling the military person a murderer. Now you know that was unconscionable.
I have great respect for those who serve and put their lives on the line in the protection of this country. I salute our Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. God bless the Armed Forces.
This year’s season of the Christmas wars is about to come to an end. The battle to do away with Christmas has evolved from the days of arguing over Santa Claus and the Christ centered side of Christmas to totally ignoring it all together, even though our government made it a national holiday a long time ago. Many Schools and child cares have done away with the Christmas celebration altogether. When I was in the child care classroom, I worked for a well-known church organization. Christmas celebrations and gift giving to the children dominated the month of December.
I am a ‘Merry Christmas’ person and avoid saying ‘Happy Holidays’ at all cost. I do say Happy Hanukkah, because it is a celebration of God’s people (Israel) getting freedom from the oppressive Syrian-Greek before the birth of Christ. I do not recognize Kwanzaa, because it is a celebration against the Lord Jesus Christ. Some people see it as just a historical cultural celebration of a set of principles. When Kwanzaa celebrations first came on the scene in this country, some taught that those principle were originally gods. The originator of the American Kwanzaa celebration, Ron Karenga despises the God of the bible. Please do not make the mistake of stereotyping black people in general as Kwanzaa celebrators.
Christmas to me is not Santa Claus all though there is a Christian connection through the German moniker, Kriss Kringle which derives from Christ Child. The Santa Claus image that was given to me for a short time as a child had nothing to do with the Lord Jesus Christ. What I was given was a myth and a lie. My mother ended the Santa Claus thing with me early, because she did not like me believing that an imaginary character was responsible for the gifts under the Christmas tree. She made it clear that the gift came from my father and her, because they loved me.
In my household today, everyone believes Jesus is the Reason for the Season. Some say Christmas is pagan, but that is not so. Go here to read more. It is all about the birth of the Savior, who is God’s gift of eternal life to us. Linus explains it well in the Charlie Brown Christmas Special.
We are now into the Christmas holiday season; thus, the Christmas holiday wars continue. As far as it concerns me, personally celebrate the season as you wish, but do not even begin to attempt to eliminate my Christmas celebration. And when I talk about Christmas, I am talking about the Christ centered Christmas. Jesus is the reason for the season and no, that is no myth.
I know there are many who want to bring Kwanzaa and especially Winter solstice celebrations to equal importance and respect during this holiday season. I read and hear much castigating of Christmas from the Solstice folks. They are jockeying for the front line position to do away with Christmas. Their tactics enrage and inspire people like me to celebrate Christmas to the nth degree.
A Winter solstice supporter was on TV this morning. He is a warrior against Christmas. See for yourself here. I am definitely in opposition to him. I guess this Winter solstice thing been around for a while, but I did not hear about it until Bill O’Reilly brought it up a few years ago. Really, the Lord controls the Winter solstice anyway. And Christians did not hijack the season for Christmas. Winter Solstice is not universally celebrated like Christmas, because it does not have the believers that Christmas has.