Christmas Haters

Christmas Haters

There is a whole new generation of Christmas lovers out there and they face things a lot of us older Christmas fanatics have never had to endure: the Christmas Hater. The following video is from a very popular YouTube star, Colleen Ballinger, who is talented, funny and — it turns out — a Christmas lover. She does a variety of musical and comedic stuff on YouTube and I only know about her from what my teenage daughters have shared with me the past few years. But this video from her was passed to me by some others and I’ve only hesitated to share it because there is some language and less-than-family friendly verbiage in this video. But that’s not theRead more

The Truth about Nordstroms and Thanksgiving

The Truth about Nordstroms and Thanksgiving

The social media buzz in early November about Christmas and Thanksgiving is out of control this year. The Starbucks thing is insane, the Santa glacier deal was just weird and now this effusive praise for Nordstrom’s is out of control. You haven’t heard about this? Nordstrom’s is being praised for not decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving and not being open on Thanksgiving Day. Well that’s great. But guess what? None of that is new. Before anyone else heaps praise on Nordstrom’s let’s have a little reality check, shall we? There is one reason and one reason only that Nordstroms isn’t open on Thanksgiving and doesn’t decorate until store opening on Black Friday: money. It’s the very same reason many otherRead more

Stop Losing Your Head About Starbucks

Stop Losing Your Head About Starbucks

I am not a coffee drinker. And I will tell you straight up, I’ve dealt with Starbucks on the business end and I think little of them. My personal opinion of their products is that they sell an over-priced offering that has zero appeal to me. Yes, I’ve been in a few of their locations and purchased pastries and cocoa and each time my experience has been negative because of various reasons. So I’m the last guy on earth to defend them, especially given my known stance on all things Christmas. But I have a message to my Christmas friends who are plastering social media with outrage over Starbucks red cups for Christmas 2015: stop. Knock it off. Stop losingRead more

Battling the Misguided War on Christmas Creep

Battling the Misguided War on Christmas Creep

One of the modern trends of Christmas is the complaint against it: some people either just cannot stand Christmas altogether or simply do not like to see it too early. The media calls it “Christmas Creep”, an annual gripe about Christmas mostly showing up too early in stores or too soon on radio or television stations. The complaints can be bitter. From Orange County someone going by the name of Frumpy Mom rails against Christmas too soon. Some complaints about it give you pause. In Canada a movement continues to encourage refraining from the decorating and commercialization of Christmas until after Remembrance Day, fearing that the nation’s veterans are getting overlooked because of the early Christmas. They have a goodRead more

Five Myths of the War on Christmas

Five Myths of the War on Christmas

It is the Christmas topic people hate to hear about and like even less to discuss: The War on Christmas. And yet it persists — year after year. This year it appears to be championed by presidential candidates. That means we could hear more about it than usual. Before the roar of Christmas debate in the media threatens to snuff out all Christmas cheer, let’s get a few things straight. Regardless of which political side of the spectrum you adhere to there are some myths perpetuated by this constant conversation. And you can lessen the seasonal pain by understanding what is real and by NOT lending your voice to the errors of so many talking about the War on Christmas:Read more

Wacky Christmas Facts

Wacky Christmas Facts

~ Winter was a time of celebration to pre-Christian Romans and they decorated fir trees in honor of this seasonal change. ~ The use of a Christmas wreath as a decoration on your front door, mantel or bay window symbolizes a sign of welcome and long life to all who enter. ~Today poinsettias are the most popular Christmas plant and are the number one flowering potted plant in the United States. ~ Real Christmas trees are an all-American product, grown in all 50 states, including Alaska and Hawaii. Most artificial trees are manufactured in Korea, Taiwan, or Hong Kong. ~ For every real Christmas tree harvested, 2 to 3 seedlings are planted in its place. ~ In 1836, Alabama isRead more

Media Can’t Get Christian Belief of Christmas Right

Media Can’t Get Christian Belief of Christmas Right

The story made headlines on DrudgeReport — 23% opt out of Christmas — a shocking number that defies almost all previous polls. But then the AP story made this sad statement: Christmastime is here and a new poll reveals the cards and gifts that are part of celebrating the holiday are ubiquitous, even among those who don’t share the Christian beliefs behind the story of the Magi who gave the first Christmas gifts. The Magi gave the first gifts of Christmas? That’s what this is all about? Let’s send Associated Press back to Bible school. The Magi did not show up until Jesus was a child — not a baby, contrary to conventional wisdom. Scholars say Jesus may have beenRead more