Greeting to all and welcome new friends to the EastWing.
And so it is that on to this day the second Grand Daughter is born into the family of Howard. Fiona Ella Ruth Howard joins my son John and wife Jaimie in the latest triangle in town. Just think this time next year two Grand Daughters to play with in the EastWing at Christmas time. Me and Maggie Lu can hardly wait. There’s stories to tell. Special little girl stories to tell.
It’s a rare occasion when something tends to make me angry. Contrary to what some may think, I seldom ever become angry about anything. Maybe remember something that needs to be addressed in the future with a kinda in your face responce, but never anger. I was taught to use the words to gain the victory, not to get angry and lose the war. What happened a few nights ago on the lead in to the annual Charlie Brown Christmas show pressed the upper limits of almost getting angry. And so a responce to what I saw is most necessary.
Several days ago President Obama took a break from his saving the icebergs to weigh in on what he believes to be the true meaning of Christmas. Loving tiny trees. The president, along with the first lady, delivered their homage to foliage during an appearance on a television program recognizing the 50th anniversary of “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”
“For half a century, people of all ages have gathered around the TV to watch Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the gang teach us the true meaning of Christmas,” Mrs. Obama said during a taping of ABC’s “It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown.”
That was all well and good until President Obama chimed in. “They teach us that tiny trees just need a little love, and that on this holiday we celebrate peace on Earth and goodwill toward all,” he said. Wait. What the hell? Does the president really believe that “A Charlie Brown Christmas” is all about tiny trees pining for love. “Because as Linus knows, that’s what Christmas is all about,” Mrs. Obama declared.
Wow! President Obama failed to mention Jesus. Mrs. Obama failed to mention Jesus, or Baby Jesus.
I wish I could say that I was surprised by this nonsense. It’s not such much a war on Christmas as it is a war on ignorance. It reminds me of the Obamas first Christmas in the White House — when they actually considered removing the Nativity from the East Room.
And more often than not that the White House holiday cards and decorations in recent years have glorified the family dog instead of you-know-who. Remember the Yuletide topiaries shaped like Bo the First Pooch? The Obama family is free to celebrate and decorate however they see fit.
What is not within their purview is to revise the true meaning of Christmas. So let’s take a moment and reflect with Linus Van Pelt on the Reason for the Season.
“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were so afraid. And the angel said unto them, ‘Fear not: for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.’ And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.'”
And that, Mr. President, is what Christmas is all about – celebrating the birth of Jesus – not a tree. We already have a holiday for that – it’s called Arbor Day.
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