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Lessons from Dr. Seuss this Christmas

whovilleIs Christmas solely about the decorations and the term “Merry Christmas”? Haven’t those insisting there be a “War on Christmas” learned anything from Dr. Seuss? Whether it is the Grinch or Scrooge, you shouldn’t allow those who wish to hurt you do so. Why give them the power over what makes yours a merry Christmas or not?

In How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the Whos of Whoville didn’t need the Christmas tree, stockings, presents, food or decorations to celebrate Christmas. In their song “Welcome Christmas,” they sing “Christmas Day will always be. Just as long as we have we.” In the midst of having their entire holiday celebration stolen from them, they still woke up and celebrated with warmth in their hearts. What the Grinch hoped to rob from them, he couldn’t. Getting angry over the secularization of the holidays is allowing others to get inside your head. By giving them the fight they are looking for, you’re giving them what they want for Christmas.

After all, it was seeing the warmth and happiness of the Whos that melted the Grinch’s ice-cold heart in the end. That’s the lesson the Grinch learned. It’s also the lesson we should be teaching our kids, the Grinches and Scrooges in our lives. They can tear down our Christmas trees and replace “Merry Christmas” with “Happy Holidays” but they can’t take away the warmth the season brings to those who celebrate it. Make them see they are missing something  just like the Whos did for the Grinch.

Remember Christmas isn’t about the things or even red holiday cups – it’s about the spirit of Christmas you have in your heart and no one can take that away from you unless you allow them to.

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Obsession of the Week: 30 Rock’s “Christmas Attack Zone”

Sure “30 Rock” can be extremely uneven. One week it’s great and the next week it’s weak. There Christmas episodes are always highlights. Last week’s episode “Christmas Attack Zone” really struck my funny bone. What’s a “Christmas Attach Zone?” Think of the airing of grievances from Festivus on “Seinfeld” and add in your own family, alcohol and Christmas and you have the CAZ.

What is it about the holidays that brings out the honesty in people – okay, sure, it’s the alcohol. I think Jack Donaghy sums up family holiday stress best when he says We Donaghys believe that when there’s something at all delicate to talk about it’s best to suppress it until it erupts into fist fight at a church barbeque. That’s funny and true about a lot of families. It’s also why some people want to avoid the holidays. They’re hoping to avoid their family’s attack zone. I think its part of what makes this episode hilarious.

Also funny is  this episode’s mild addressing of  the “War on Christmas” issue. Ultra-conservative Jack Donaghy (played by Alex Baldwin – haha!) and his liberal father Milton Green (play by Alan Alda) trade holiday greetings:

Milton: Yes I’d love to come to your Holiday dinner.
Jack: Christmas! Its Christmas dinner!

Then Jack’s conservative girlfriend, Avery Jessup (played by Elizabeth Banks) adds:

Avery: [Reading Christmas Card] Happy Holidays… is what terrorists say!

This show is so full of great comedic lines that you miss half of them because you’re laughing so hard. The writing on the show is unbelievably quick and subtle.  Thanks to pregnantcornbread.com I was able to pull up some of this episode’s best lines:

Liz (Tina Fey): You want to go the Penn Station K-Mart with me and then watch Tootsie?
Jack: I’m sorry, that’s what you’re doing instead of spending Christmas Eve with your family?
Liz: That’s my new thing.  Travel on Christmas Day.  That way I avoid the annual Lemon family blow up.  And this year it’s going to be a dozy.  My Aunt Linda is bring her new boyfriend who is neither her age nor her race.  And her ex-husband will also be there with his date, alcoholism.  I swoop in the next day for presents and pie.

Tracy (Tracy Morgan): As an actor it is my job to tell the truth, hold a mirror to humanity and sell Proactive.

Colleen (Elaine Stritch): What are my chums at death’s short retirement community going to say when I tell them my unmarried son has knocked up a Protestant!
Jack: I knew you would do it.  Take a happy moment and ruin it.  Just like you did at when I won that scholarship at my high school graduation.
Colleen: It should have gone to the other boy.

Milton: We have to call an ambulance.  Listen to me, dammit, I’m a doctor!
Jack: Of history. In what emergency would you be necessary?  If someone wanted to know if the 60s were awesome or not?
Milton: They were!

Liz: You know what I learned tonight?  As hard as you try no one can escape the horrors of Christmas, so it might as well be with your own family.  I’m going to get a bus to White Haven now and I should be home in time to see Aunt Linda try to prove she’s sober by holding someone’s baby and cooking.

I love this show! It’s smart, quick, witty, yet unbalanced. It reminds me of me. Ha!

Where else on TV can you have a transvestite and actress dressing up for Elton John’s “New Queers Eve” party as Natalie Portman from “Black Swan” and Pittsburg Steelers Lynn Swann as two black swans? Nowhere I tell ya!

Click here to watch 30 Rock\’s \”Christmas Attack Zone\” on NBC.com

The War on Christmas: Lessons from Dr. Seuss

“This is the lesson we should be teaching our kids; Grinches and Scrooges live in our lives. They can tear down our Christmas trees and replace “Merry Christmas” with “Happy Holidays” but they can’t take away the warmth the season brings to those who celebrate it.”

Easily the best article in the series “The War on Christmas” I wrote. We worry too much about what other people do, think and believe when we should be focusing on the joy of the holidays.

Click here to read \”The War on Christmas: Lessons from Dr. Seuss\”

The War on Christmas: Much Ado About Nothing?

Is the “War on Christmas” a “vast Right-Wing conspiracy” or a “Liberal attempt to secularize America”? Actually, it seems ripe to be much ado about nothing. We love to make mountains out of ant hills these days (see “War on Christmas: People Love War”).

The “War on Christmas” is the perceived battle between Christians and non-believers on the significance the Christmas holiday gets this time of year. Sited evidence that Christmas is being attacked includes the replacement of “Merry Christmas” with “Happy Holidays,” some government agencies calling them “holiday trees” instead of “Christmas trees” and this year, Atheists billboards calling for a “season for reason.” Christmas observers state that political correctness has simply gone too far.

Click here to read the full article \”The War on Christmas: Much Ado About Nothing\” Available on Examiner.com, Associated Content and various other syndicated websites.

War on Christmas: Why People Love War!

Examiner.com asked that all religion writers focus on the “War on Christmas” during this month. I’m committed to three articles. One article appears today titled “Let’s Face It People Love War”. It’s about how as humans we seem to crave this need for conflict. I think that’s what’s at the heart of this ‘War on Christmas” between those who celebrate Christmas and those don’t. Two more articles will appear next week to complete my assignment. One is titled “The War on Christmas: Much Ado About Nothing” and the other is “The War on Christmas: Lessons from Dr. Seuss”.

Click this link for \”War on Christmas: Lets Face It People Love War\” article