Thursday, December 20, 2007

Today I heard something utterly and completely ridiculous on the radio on the way to work. The morning hosts were talking about Christmas gift ideas for kids. They were trying to show that Christmas is more than just getting toys and new clothes, etc. Some of the gift ideas were 3X5 cards with things written on it like "Use for 1 extra hour of staying up before bedtime" or "Redeemable for one weeding of the garden." Stuff that is more about the kids giving or receiving time than monetary gifts. Anyway, at one point the guy who was being asked for these ideas said "Tell the kids to remember, it's not their birthday." What he's saying, obviously, is that it's not just another birthday party for them. The gifts are secondary. There's a reason for this particular holiday that we call Christmas. Well then the host said "Yeah, it's Santa's birthday."

Are you freaking kidding me?!?! Christmas is now Santa's birthday? A make believe guy that delivers presents? That's what Christmas is now? I think you shmoe that what the other guy was saying is to tell the kids that Christmas is about... you know... Christ! That's why it's named CHRISTmas! Have we really gotten to the politically correct point that we're so afraid to mention Jesus Christ when talking about Christmas? It's obvious that we have.

It's completely ridiculous and extremely irritating to me.

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