The Real Meaning of Christmas


My wife and I don’t have many Christmas traditions.  We make a big meal for Christmas day, usually turkey, dressing, etc., we open our gifts in the morning after breakfast, and we read the Christmas story.

Well, I guess there’s a slight correction to that last one…I’M supposed to read the Christmas story.  The problem is that I can start the story but I can’t finish it.  The story means so much to me that I just get really choked up.

Jesus came so that a sinful person like me could experience the life that God intended us to live.  That life is available only through Jesus.  I know that’s not a popular nor politically-correct thing to say.  That’s what Jesus said, though.  He wasn’t just a mere teacher or wise man.  To say that is to completely ignore the things he said that make him completely different from any other religious leader.  He said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father, except through me.”  That’s basically Christmas in a nutshell…That God came in the flesh, in the person of Jesus Christ, and that eternal life can be had through a relationship with that person.

To use an overused saying, Jesus is the reason for the season.  I pray that each and every person reading this (however few there are), finds either peace through a new relationship with him or through a renewed relationship with him.

God bless and Merry Christmas!

Dorky Product Nominee, The Snuggie


Have you ever wished you could be dorkier than you already are?  Do you have problems with friends and family not making fun of you enough?  Is your self-esteem too high?  If you answered yes to all three questions, I have the solution for you…The Snuggie.

Seriously, who is buying these things?  I’ve seen the commercials all over television over the last two weeks and I can just not imagine who would buy this thing.  If there’s any product that says “I’m a huge dork!!!”, this is it.

The Snuggie is basically just a blanket with sleeves.  I don’t get it…I think there is already a product like this.  IT’S CALLED A BATHROBE!  You just buy an over-sized one and wear it backwards.

It must also be a product for those of us with hand coordination issues because the commercial states that the Snuggie solves the age-old problem of not being able to extricate one’s hands from under a blanket.  Yes, there’s nothing more annoying than not being able to reach the remote in time to turn the channel so that unaware family members don’t have to view an offensive commercial like the one for the Snuggie.

Lastly, the makers of the Snuggie actually suggest that you can wear this thing at sporting events.  Now I’m not a violent person, mind you, but if a buddy of mine showed up at a sporting event wearing something like this, I’d probably have to restrain myself from issuing a well-deserved beating.  Fortunately, for those of us blind to our dorkdom, the Snuggie is a one-size fits all deal, so the entire clan can display their dorkiness together.

Happy RamaHanuKwanzMas!


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For those of you whose sensibilities are easily offended this time of the year due to an overload of “Merry Christmas” wishes, please feel free to use the term “RamuHanuKwanzMas” instead.  This term will guarantee you some bonus points with the Almighty, however your politically correct mind sees him/her as being.  Why risk being branded as a “hatemonger” when you can show your non-judgmental and tolerant side by utilizing this handy, all-inclusive, epithet?

Note to atheists: I realize you think we, as religious folk, are deluded and unintelligent, so please just chalk this up to not being intelligent enough to come up with a better name for this time of the year.

For some additional bang for your entertainment dollar, please watch this “Happy RamaHanuKwanzMas” video on Youtube.

Disclaimer: for those of you who might actually be offended by this new terminology, please note that I am not responsible for the creation of said epithet.

Merry Chri….!  Oops!  Happy RamaHanuKwanzMas!

The Singing Revolution


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My wife and I have been fascinated with the country of Estonia and its culture ever since we began the process to adopt our daughter from there.

What we discovered as we researched the country, its culture, and its language was a people rich in heritage, strong in personality, and with a burning desire for freedom.

The Singing Revolution” is the title of a documentary and book detailing the story of how Estonia regained its independence from the USSR.  Prior to World War II, Estonia had gained its independence from Russia during World War I.  They lost their freedom again when Josef Stalin’s troops invaded and took over the country in 1944.

During this period of time, many Estonians lost their lives, up to perhaps 25% of the population, by the murderous Soviet army and many were sentenced to imprisonment in Siberia.  As was the custom, many Russian citizens were sent into the newly enslaved territory to influence the culture there.  The Estonian language was forbidden to be spoken and many of their customs were outlawed.  Because of the overwhelming odds faced by the Estonian people, many fled and became refugees, a good number of them settling in the United States and Canada.

In the late 1980s, Estonians began demonstrating against the Soviet regime.  Despite the repression they had experienced over the previous 40 plus years, the Estonians had retained their national spirit and had never truly capitulated to Soviet rule.

In 1987, Estonians began a cycle of mass demonstrations featuring spontaneous singing, similar to their national Estonian Song Festival that occurs every five years.  Many of the songs are of Estonian origin and contain patriotic themes.  Anyway, the demonstrations eventually reached as many as 300,000 people in their capital city of Tallin.  The participants sang national songs and hymns that were strictly forbidden by the Soviet government.

This “singing revolution” lasted over four years, with many protests and defiant acts.  In 1991, as the Soviet army attempted to quell these demonstrations and Estonia’s progress towards independence, the Estonian Supreme Soviet and the Congress of Estonia together proclaimed the restoration of the state of Estonia.  Estonians acted as human shields, protecting radio and television stations from the Soviet tanks.  Because of this, Estonia’s independence was regained without bloodshed.  Independence was later declared on August 20, 1991.  The next morning, Soviet troops attempted to storm the Tallin TV tower but were unsuccessful.

All this makes me wonder something…Would we here in the United States be able to maintain our thirst for freedom if the same thing happened to us?  Would we retain our national identity and culture under the same circumstances?  I’d like to hope so.

I also fear for the Estonian people during this time when Russia’s leaders seem to be becoming more bold once again in their actions towards some of the former Soviet states.  It’s been reported that some of those in power, although behind the scenes to some degree, long to restore the supposed glory of the USSR.  I pray that is not the case.

Flame On!


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In a move that seems to be targeted at pleasing the sniffers of our canines rather than our better-halves, Burger King has released a beef-scented body spray.  The spray, called “Flame“, is described as “the scent of seduction with a hint of flame-broiled meat.”  It is on sale at New York City retailer Ricky’s NYC stores and online for a limited time for $3.99.  The product is being marketed on Burger King’s web site, featuring the photo shown above.

flame-2t1Does Burger King really think this is going to enhance their position in relation to McDonald’s?  First, they had to go and create that creepy plastic “King” character several years ago and now this.  He’s enough of a nightmare without having to see him reclining, mostly nude, and giving me the willies.  Now we know where the “Home of the Whopper” really is.  It’s somewhere underneath that strategically-placed animal fur.

Lastly, does BK really think guys are going to want to use a cologne called “Flame”?  Umm…This would give new meaning to the term “flamer”.

Which Way Did They Go?


So now gays are all upset over Obama having Rick Warren give the invocation at his inauguration next month.  According to them, Warren is now a hatemonger because of his support for Proposition 8, which passed in the recent election in California.  Homosexuals have been protesting and picketing at Warren’s church as well as at other institutions.  They say that the denial of marriage rights to homosexuals is tantamount to discrimination because they’re being denied “equal rights”.  Some of these protests have involved vandalism and violent acts on the part of the activists.

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve been wondering something…My question is two-fold:

  1. How does it make you a hatemonger if you do not support gay marriage?
  2. Where are those in the media who consistently call Christians “hatemongers” when some of these activists have engaged in such hateful acts themselves?

Those people seem to have taken a vacation recently when it comes to applying the same kind of terminology to those whom they typically support.  Which way did they go?

The Abandonment of the Free Market


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On Tuesday, President Bush admitted to abandoning free market principles in order to save the U.S. economy from collapse.  This is in the face of previously unprecedented meddling by the federal government in the financial system.

I’ve abandoned free-market principles to save the free-market system to make sure the economy doesn’t collapse.

I feel a sense of obligation to my successor to make sure there is not a, you know, a huge economic crisis.  Look, we’re in a crisis now.  I mean, this is — we’re in a huge recession, but I don’t want to make it even worse.

This was also preceded by the President announcing that the government would use $15 billion of the recently passed “bailout” bill to help GM, Ford, and Chrysler get back on their feet to avoid further economic problems.

In my opinion, this is all just window dressing and these economic problems are only going to be magnified by the steps the President and Congress have taken in the last three months.  A President who was once seen as a friend to conservative ideals has seemingly and quickly abandoned those same ideals in favor of quasi-socialism.  That’s something the McCain campaign and other Republicans bludgeoned the Obama campaign with but it seems that they are now fairly silent in regards to Bush’s forays into the same territory.  Where is the outrage save for a few scattered voices in the wilderness of talk radio and others like mine here in the blogosphere?

Much of what has taken place has been so ordered because of fear.  Fear that we just have to do something or it could get worse.  Fear of the future.  Fear for fear’s sake, it seems.  This is part of the problem.  I think most Americans agree that something did and does need to be done but subverting the principles that made this country great in the first place is not the way to go.  Government was the problem to begin with and it certainly isn’t going to be the solution.