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Tag: Christmas

Nov.
19th

CHRISTMAS: Many need the basic necessities

At my place of employment, we volunteer to help make Christmas a little better for some folks who wouldn’t have much of a Christmas if folks like us didn’t help them out a bit.

Of the seven adults we offered to help this year, four of them said toilet paper would help make their Christmas nicer. Of course this wasn’t their only request, but of all the things one would request to make Christmas nicer, I would never have thought that toilet paper would be on that list.

We’ve been doing these gift donations at work for several years, and

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Dec.
18th

TACOMA: Downtown tree needs a retro makeover

Please, Tacoma, next year would you please go back to the traditional colored tree lights that used to decorate the tree in front of the Pantages Theater?

I remember as a child our family driving from Fircrest to downtown Tacoma to watch the tree being lighted the day after Thanksgiving and the oohs and aahs from all the watchers. The lights that have been on the tree the last several years are blah. I can’t imagine anyone oohing and aahing as the lights are turned on.

I actually think the tree is ugly, and no Christmas tree should be ugly.

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Dec.
18th

PRIVACY: Thanks, Amazon, for ruining Christmas surprise

Thanks to the Google/Amazon/cookie universe, my wife and kids can see what I’ve been shopping for at all kinds of vendors (Campmor, REI, etc.) every time they start the PC. That’s because the ad banners display what they think we “may” be shopping for based on what we bought or browsed for recently.

This is beyond creepy, and I want it to stop now. Who knows what else may be getting tracked? We need to know!

Dec.
12th

CHRISTMAS: Holiday is unabashedly multicultural

Merry Christmas.

Are you offended? If I said I’m offended by Hannukah candles, you might call me anti-Semitic. If I said American Indian drumming is crass, you might call me a white imperialist oppressor of indigenous culture. If I condemned Eid, Divali or Chinese New Year, you might call me a bigot.

But in this culture of political correctness, it’s perfectly acceptable to condemn our insensitivity when we celebrate Christmas, because, as we are continually reminded, Christmas causes anxiety. No, friend, you cause your own anxiety.

So, in humble boldness I confess: I love Christmas trees and tinsel. I love

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Dec.
2nd

HOLIDAYS: Join me and get off the buymobile

For decades I was one of the innumerable schnooks who got snookered into the crass commercialism of Christmas: Buy, buy, buy – or suffer unremitting, societally induced guilt. I dreaded significant others buying shirts, ties and sweaters I would never wear. I reciprocated by buying gifts for friends and family that were likely returned the day after Christmas.

This seemed a continuation of my childhood when parents and relatives bought me pajamas or a robe. In my neighborhood a boy would not be caught dead in either – even at home. What I really wanted was a Lionel Santa Fe

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Nov.
27th

THANKSGIVING: Keep this a day for family

I think we can all agree that the commercial cancer of Christmas has officially grown so large that it has now absorbed Thanksgiving completely. Not only did Christmas advertisements start in September this year, but the traditional Black Friday retail frenzy has made it into Thanksgiving afternoon, at least.

I predict a rapid social phenomenon in which Thanksgiving is moved to Friday and shopping becomes the focus of Thursday, when everyone has the day off. Indeed, I’m wondering if Halloween needs to start getting concerned about a loss of social value to the commercial grind of Christmas.

The problem with

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Dec.
12th

CHRISTMAS: Grinches ruin holiday spirit

Nine years ago I moved to Tacoma. Every year I have put up decorations for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. My neighbors and passersby have always enjoyed the displays.

Every year I have had something stolen from the display, and every year I replace it and add more. But last night was the last straw. Someone came up into my yard and stole a 12-foot-long inflatable truck with two penguins on it. Its loss left a large void in my display.

I wish that the thieves could have waited until after Christmas instead of ruining my display and destroying my Christmas

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Dec.
21st

HOLIDAYS: Don’t fear saying ‘Merry Christmas’

The uproar about wishing people “Merry Christmas” is absurd. Christmas is not a dead tradition tenuously held together by mere sentimentality, but a living heritage that embodies the best strengths within humanity. And no one has to be overtly religious to reap the social and emotional benefits of the season.

Christmas means love, warmth, hospitality and giving. Christmas calls forth generosity, compassion and cheerfulness. Such traits also call upon us for courage to reach out in extra measure. That courage also justifies respect for the phrase “Merry Christmas.”

If we reject saying “Merry Christmas” altogether, will we not also risk

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