Push Out The Christmas Pushers

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Don’t push Christmas! Let us eat our turkey and stuffing first, said a DJ recently on K-Love. It’s not even Thanksgiving, and the obsessed are revving up the Christmas hoopla! On TV, especially, shows are banging out the Christmas clichés. The worst station is Hallmark, incessantly cranking out their Christmas arsenals, bombarding the public, evidently to saturate the audience to get them to buy more Christmas cards. They act like they are possessed! 

What’s it all about, Alfie? It’s about getting material things in order to find satisfaction in life. The trite Hallmark movies reflect the shallowness found in the world, where people say things they probably don’t really mean. I ask where are your priorities? Earlier today someone said the dramatizations in the Hallmark Christmas movies ”really don’t happen that way.” 

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Christmas comes once a year” 

“And every man must have his share”  

 “Only poor Willy in the jail, drinking sour ginger beer”  

-Famous limerick that plays on the radio in Guyana, South America at Christmastime 

Beam me up Scotty! 

People on this planet are running around like the White Rabbit and acting like the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland, getting caught up in the hype and the materialism of worldly Christmas. I think I’d rather be in a jail in Guyana hanging out with Poor Willy rather than being accosted by the incessant ads and other claptrap during the commercial Christmas season. That is, if the jail does not subject its inmates to Christmas hype. That would be cruel and unusual punishment!   

I’d gladly swap sour ginger beer with phony Christmas cheer! 

It’s all about greed! One definition of greed I recently heard: “excessively striving for material things, even at the expense of others.” So worldly Christmas fosters selfishness, rather than selflessness. It’s not about sacrificing for the good of others. Sacrificing for the good of others is the model Jesus, the reason for the season, gave us. 

In Bucks County, PA, there is one outstanding example of the true spirit of Christmas that comes to mind. On Christmas day, in Penndel, the Marrazzo family will serve the homeless. People who have nowhere to go for Christmas will have a place to go where they can get a good Christmas meal and fellowship with others. Last year, a friend of mine said that Dan Marrazzo had heard about a book about the homeless in Bucks County. My friend prompted me to give Dan a complimentary copy of my book and write Merry Christmas, from Jeff to Dan. I walked over to Dan, gave him the book and talked with him. 

To learn more about the homeless in Bucks County, PA, the meals and a closer look into who the homeless really are, read “There Are Homeless in Bucks County; A Journey With The Homeless”, by yours truly. Free shipping through Amazon.com until Christmas. https://www.amazon.com/dp/172865209X/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_U_.iX9BbZXM6842?fbclid=IwAR0gPVr_CAM7L0hyxu92hll8KTsLWTUmr1nIEamgTnuc_Hi4yDafBYGcMqs 

I wrote much of the book when I visited my late Sandi, to whom I dedicated the book, in a nursing home. I was there during the Christmas season, where her roommate’s TVs incessantly poured out worldly Christmas claptrap. By her positive attitude, where Sandi illustrated Jesus to the aides and nurses, she showed the true meaning of Christmas.