Trying to keep the holidays happy

posted by Jeff | Tuesday, December 24, 2002, 9:58 AM | comments: 0

Subscribing to my own little brand of Christianity, I find it kind of disturbing to see what Christmas has become. It's all about retail and Santa now. I could handle the fact that the holiday has strayed from the recognition of the birth of Christ, if it were still about families, peace and love, but it doesn't feel like it has anything to do with any of those things.

Let me be straight by saying that I'm overwhelmingly happy with my life. I have a wonderful wife who loves me, a nice house, an OK job (even if I do complain about it), and a nice circle of friends. By all standards I'd say I have it pretty good.

The world around me, unfortunately, doesn't seem like it's doing as well. I don't even know where to begin. Jobs are hard to come by, the economy kind of sucks, the media is all about smallpox... not a lot of fun.

Add to that this war nonsense. Somehow it's "moral" to send our kids out to risk their lives and take out a guy who, to this point, our government hasn't proven he's doing anything wrong. I don't deny he's a bad man, but is he really a threat to us to the point we should kill innocent people, and likely some of our own? I'm not yet sold.

Then today I read a story about immigrants being detained in terrible conditions, treated like animals. That scares the hell out of me, because I don't need to tell you that they're always of Middle Eastern heritage. You'd never find any Europeans or Asians in that situation.

Regardless, I'll try to remain positive this season, spend time with my family and friends, and hope that our world gets a little less weird. Happy holidays...


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