Thursday, November 29, 2007

A Holiday Poem

'Twas the month before Christmas when all through our land,
Not a Christian was praying nor taking a stand.
Why the PC Police had taken away,
The reason for Christmas - no one could say.

The children were told by their schools not to sing,
About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.
It might hurt people's feelings,
the teachers would say December 25th is just a " Holiday ".

Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit
Pushing folks down to the floor just to get at it!
CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-pod
Something was changing, something quite odd!

Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa
In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.
As Targets are hanging their trees upside down,
At Lowe's the word Christmas - was no where to be found.

At K-Mart and Staples and Penny's and Sears
You won't hear the word Christmas; it won't touch your ears.
Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-is-ty
Are words that were used to intimidate me.

Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen
On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Hillary Clinton !
At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter
To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.

And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith,
Forbidden to speak, of salvation and grace.
The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded
The reason for the season, stopped before it started.

So as you celebrate "Winter Break" under your "DreamTree"
Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.
Choose your words carefully, choose what you say

NOT Happy Holiday!

Thanks for the email, Mike.


  1. Anonymous said...
    blaming the liberals for ruining Christmas at Sears...nice...

    "And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith,"

    oh no, now the liberals are taking away your faith!!!

    Faith is something inside of you, last I checked no one can take that away except you.

    No surprise here - retailers are more concerned with making a buck than your spirituality...shocking I know.

    This blog smacks of hypocrisy ...see google ad links and previous post about how to be a "JESUS MERCHANDISE TESTER".

    I am going to stop reading your blog now.
    Brett said...
    I had a reply typed up blasting your comments, but calmed down a little and decided for a more rational response. I tried to see if there is anything to what you said besides an emotional response to something you read that you didn't like.

    The Jesus Merchandise Tester post may have been overboard. I had just recently created an account with payperpost, which pays for posts written about products they are marketing for. It was probably not in the best of tast, but it did clearly state that I was being compensated. At first I wanted to defend it, but only because you attacked it at an emotional level. So there, that post was probably not appropriate.

    I also noticed when I put up this post that there is an amazon ad right next to it. You not very nicely pointed that out as well. I thought about it at the time, and I don't see a problem with the amazon ads and google ads. The only problem I have is the occasional google ad that slips through with advertisements I don't agree with. These ads run year round, not just at Christmas. And just because I believe that Christmas has become less about celebrating the birth of Christ and more about buying stuff, I don't think that buying stuff is bad. I just think the order of importance is wrong. I don't have a problem at all promoting stuff when the income is put to good use.
    The little income this blog generates has been given away. Every penny. I have given away two magazine subscriptions to Tabletalk, a donation to a woman who lost her house in a fire, and some cash via paypal. Nothing has been kept for personal use. This is a hobby for me.

    That is probably why I took such offense to your comment. I don't do this for money, I do this purely for enjoyment. I like to generate comments and discussion. So if you don't agree with what I write, leave a nice comment saying you disagree and we can have a discussion about it instead of an emotional argument.

    I don't have the time or patience right now now to reply to your comments about faith and Sears. I see religious freedom and tradition being eroded, and I guess you see tolerance and political correctness.

    Merry Christmas.
    John said...
    Good response, Brett.

    Who cares what anonymous commentors think?
    Brett Royal said...
    Thanks for the encouragement. It means a lot coming from you. This blog has been a wonderful hobby since I started it. A goal of mine has always been to give away one book each month, but I haven't even come close to that kind of revenue. Maybe that causes me to push too hard with the advertising.
    Anonymous said...
    tolerance and political correctness are bad - unless they hurt you? Or unless they bash "the liberals"...

    For the record, I am Christian. Christmas is one of the most sacred times in the year for me. I just found the poem to be not very "christian like"...

    you said:
    "I see religious freedom and tradition being eroded, and I guess you see tolerance and political correctness."

    I do not think the opposite of religious freedom is tolerance. In fact, those 2 things go hand in hand to me.

    No one at Sears (or any of the other retailers you mentioned) is trying to "take away" Christmas from you, as the poem suggests. They are trying to make money...from whoever will shop there. Do you honestly think the execs at Sears sit up in their office building and say "lets steal Christmas from the Christians". no, of course not.

    I was simply saying that your post was hypocritical...on lots of levels. Blaming others for a loss of spirituality in America is not a liberal or conservative issue. It is a "disciples of Jesus Christ" issue. The erosion of tradition, as you put it, is getting lost with every passing year, I agree, but blaming retailers for catering to all their customers, not just the Christians, is wrong. Buying stuff for Christmas is NOT wrong...people forgetting the REASON why Christmas is here is wrong. That is not your fault, and I am not blaming you for that, I just think the poem placed blame on the wrong people.

    I think as Christians, we need a gut check every year to remind us WHY we have Christmas - and that is the promise of new life made possible through the birth of this tiny baby. I think that gut check is not happening in many churches across the country. i pray that you are a part of a church that is reminding it congregation WHY we celebrating.
    Brett Royal said...
    I think we are in more agreement than I originally thought. I'm not backing down, but do need to say that I didn't write the poem, it was a chain email that I received.
    I don't blame Sears, because it simply reflects and caters to the values of the current culture, which is becoming more and more perverse.
    We aren't sinners because we sin, we sin because we are sinners. It is our nature. Thank God that even though our sin deserves to be punished, it was taken away when God came to earth as a baby to bear those consequences for us. The real problem is with sin.
    And by the way I did go to Kmart (gasp) the other night, and the cashier did wish me a Merry Christmas.
    I am in total agreement on your last paragraph.
    Anonymous said...
    well said, and as I mentioned, I know you didn't write the poem, I just thought it was irresponsible to propogate this kind of sentiment, especially when the sentiment was judgemental and..well...just mean.
    That being said..

    I said a little Amen to your "sin - sinner" comment. thanks for that reminder. good to hear again and again.

    My favorite Christmas hymn is "Hark the Harold Angels sing"
    because of the second line....
    "Peace on earth, and mercy mild..GOD AND SINNER RECONCILED". The power of the birth of this baby makes it all "ok" with the world.

    Kmart least it is not Wal*Mart - those guys are just mean to their employees...I don't know much about KMarts social responsibility - but it has to be better than WalMart...

    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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