December 13, 2005

A stake of holly through the heart

The fuss over the kerfuffle down south about putting things in and taking things out of Christmas and saying Merry Christmas vs. the more generic or neutral "Happy Holidays" (completely forgetting, of course, that "holidays" comes from -- gasp -- holy days) is starting to seep into my north of the 49th consciousness, especially as this nonsense starts invading, of all things, the secular home schooling groups, where some are finding themselves less secular than they had previously thought and others more politically correct than I had previously thought. Yikes.

Interesting that just last night what should catch the kids' attention but this bit from Dickens' A Christmas Carol,
"If I could work my will," said Scrooge indignantly, "every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. He should!"
"Uncle!" pleaded the nephew.
"Nephew!" returned the uncle sternly, "keep Christmas in your own way, and let me keep it mine."

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