photographic evidence of Christmas Wars past
A number of blogs today report that Bill O’Reilly declared himself the victor in the “War on Christmas” on last night’s program. yawn All he’s really done, of course, is embolden rude behavior amongst his put upon Christian followers. Case in point: our humble abode.
This is a rerun of sorts for long time readers of this blog who will remember the tale of our Christian house cleaners. During a past holiday season, Greatest Husband innocently greeted the cleaners at the door with a hearty “Happy Holidays” and was promptly told that “We aren’t ‘happy holiday’ people. We celebrate Christmas.”
And so the wars began.
They heap us with “blessed days” both coming and going. We leave out the latest copies of ‘The Nation’ and keep the house radio tuned to NPR.
The Christian cleaners sport gold crucifixes, an amazing array of Jesus jewelry and Christian bumper stickers on their vehicle. We proudly leave soiled bedsheets and assorted naughty things for them to clean around.
It works. They do a good job with the cleaning. We pay them a fair wage. Despite our openly godless belief system and lifestyle, everyone gets what they need. They need to bless us – quite a lot, it seems. We need to keep demonstrating that their blessings are having no discernable affect.
Neither ‘shock and awe’ nor trench warfare, just a simple year-round cold war of passive-aggressive bullying.
Today, I picked out one of those money holder cards to use for their Christmas bonus. I would normally give this no thought whatsoever other than choosing the card with the prettiest illustration. But for them – “Happy Holidays” it was.
They may not be ‘happy holidays’ people, but I’m willing to bet they’ll accept ‘happy holidays’ cash-ola. They’ll just have to heap us with an extra helping of Christmas blessings to even the score.
So, thanks Bill O. You may think the war is over, but I’m finding it way too fun to stop now.