HELLO, Grinches

For all you Grinches, this one’s for you.

I think we all need an attitude adjustment.

Yes, we’re still reeling from the attacks in Paris, and Beirut, and it seems almost everywhere in the world. It’s a sad state of affairs.

There’s also lots of chatter about what to do about all those refugees who may be hiding terrorists in their midst.

And some of you are reeling from seeing holiday decorations in stores before they’ve even cleared the aisles of ghosts and pumpkins.

Still more of you seem obsessed with how you can most appropriately greet people as we enter into this politically correct time bomb of a holiday season.

So I will address all of these problems so that we can all go about our lives and go back to posting dog and cat memes on Facebook.

Let’s start with terrorists. I’m going to out on a limb and say we all think terrorists are a horrible thing. Some of us, though, think it’s much  more terrible if a terrorist does his terrorizing in an elegant setting such as Paris rather than more familiar terrorizing territory such as Beirut. Can we all agree that terrorism is bad no matter where it happens and be equally sad no matter where the bomb goes off?

That brings us to refugees. Let’s again agree that it’s horrible to lose your home and possessions and livelihood and actually flee your country because you fear for you life. Do we really want to force them to endure squalid and uncertain living conditions for another couple of months while we ponder their future? I’m going to say no. Just think if you were that refugee. Wouldn’t you want help as soon as possible? Let’s be the decent people I know we can be and help them right now.

Now for the thorny problem of early Christmas decorating. Some of you really seem upset about that. I have to ask why. Is someone forcing you to decorate? Have I or anyone else forced you to listen to a Carpenters Christmas album?  Are muppets dressed as elves hanging around your front steps?

No? Then just ignore it. I don’t shop that much so I wasn’t aware of all the horribly upsetting candy canes and Santas littering the aisles. Of course, they are not horrible to me. Jerseys for football teams are more horrible to me so I stay away from sporting stores. Problem solved.

Last, and certainly least, is how to greet each other as this holiday season ramps into high gear.

Maybe it’s just me and the fact that I don’t get out much, but I haven’t felt the need to shout “Merry Christmas” at anyone yet. Truth be told, I don’t say it much in December, either. I might say, “Hi, how have you been,” if I haven’t seen people in a while. It’s not that I’m thinking to myself, don’t say Merry Christmas or someone will slap me. I’m just more interested in how they’ve been.

If you happen to run into a refugee, I doubt they will care whether you say Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, or Happy Kwanzaa. They’ll just be happy that we’re glad to see them.

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