The Sunday Message

We’re getting down to crunch time – Christmas is quickly approaching. My shopping is not done. I am a man, so I am waiting until December 23/24 to start shopping!

Let’s be careful out there! You and I need to watch what we say. There’s a war raging – not the ones in Afghanistan or Syria or someplace like that – it’s the war on Christmas.

Since there’s no shooting or anything that could harm them, politicians have become involved. Fox News is covering the skirmish, too. As a matter of fact, I learned from Fox News this week that Santa and Jesus are both white.

Seriously, do we really need this war?

Some people say that it’s not OK to say “Merry Christmas,” and others believe that those who might say “Happy Holidays” are lower than low – like heathen low.

There sure are a lot of questions about this so-called war on Christmas.

Instead of saying, “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,” what if I want to cut it short because I could really care less if the person I’m uttering these six words to has either? So to save time I just say “Happy Holidays.” Is that so wrong?

If I go to friends’ house and say, “That’s a beautiful holiday tree you have there,” will they still be my friends?

What if I visit a public school and say “Christmas tree” or “Christmas program,” instead of “Holiday tree” or “Holiday program?” What If I visit a Christian school and say the opposite?

If I write “Xmas” instead of “Christmas” will I be placed on a “watch list?”

What if I place a great big blow-up Santa Claus and some reindeer in my front yard, will my Christian friends look down on me?

What if I place a great big blow-up Santa in my yard, AND right beside it I place a nativity scene with Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus?

I know, I know, I’m looking for trouble.

This is America – I have rights! You have the same rights. Why do we have to make it so hard?

Here’s the deal: I won’t be offended if you say “Merry Christmas” to me. I won’t be offended if you say “Happy Holidays” to me.

By the way, if you don’t talk to me, I won’t be offended, either.

Full Disclosure: I have a Santa wreath on my door. Five feet away on the piano I have a nativity scene. For some reason I have two small snowmen near the nativity scene, too.

## MERRY CHRISTMAS ##  ## HAPPY HOLIDAYS ##

Thursday Numbers

Thanks for stopping by The Western Word to read “Thursday Numbers!”

If you are a new visitor, this column is where I take a look at the numbers that are in the news (in descending order) and provide commentary (sometimes laced with just a little sarcasm).

NOTICE: By reading this column you may be able to use the information to impress your family, friends, and co-workers. Consider this your warning.

This week I write about marijuana, Pioneer League baseball, Texas executions, Jesus on federal land, Ross Perot, Obamacare, job approval ratings for Democrats/Republicans, Montana Senate poll, NFL players, counting calories, lynx, two-headed turtle, unemployment, and much more so read on…

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Caught My Eye…

Here we are – this is the last Friday of November AND there are just 25 days until Christmas!

If this is your first time visiting The Western Word, the “Caught My Eye” column is posted every Friday morning right here! This is where I take a quick look at some of the stories I did not have time to write about during the week – and I often throw in a touch of sarcasm just to make you smile. So get ready to head into your weekend armed with knowledge and a smile.

Today I write about lunch at the White House, Afghanistan, Costco, Reply All, the elevator, the tattoo, boots, Jesus on the slopes, alkaline hydrolysis, Twinkies, Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson, and much more!

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Thursday Numbers

Welcome to the first “Thursday Numbers” column in February!  Welcome to the first “Thursday Numbers” column in February!

(That was my salute to Groundhog Day – the movie).

If you are dropping by for the first time, Thursday Numbers is where I take a look at the numbers in the news and provide some commentary with them.  The information can be used to astonish and you just might overwhelm your friends, family, and co-workers with the knowledge you obtained from this column!  You may even be cooler to your children…

Today I take a look at the numbers behind Facebook, Romney and the poor, unemployment, Jesus comments, a no-fly list, Groundhog Day, Christie’s birthday, leap year, and a couple of Super Bowl quarterbacks!

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Thursday Numbers

Just one more day until the weekend – I know you can do it!  Hold on!

Almost every Thursday I take a look at some of the numbers behind the news and I call it “Thursday Numbers.”  It is one of the most-read columns every week.

Today in Thursday numbers I take a look at a blogger who is not a journalist, unemployment, I say Happy Birthday to a couple of ladies, I mention Tester’s big speech in NYC tonight, I remember a Beatle, I write about a shameful and sickening discovery, and much much more – so read on!

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There’s a seat for you!

This Sunday is Easter Sunday – a Sunday so important that even NASCAR’s Sprint Cup series takes it off.

I imagine they take the day off because it just wouldn’t be right drinking beer and eating pork rinds on Easter. Besides, there are Easter egg hunts to attend. (Calm down NASCAR fans, I’m just kiddin’ y’all).

According to this website, the exact date of Easter Sunday “varies because it is determined using a calculated lunar calendar. It is the first Sunday approximately after the first full moon on or after the March equinox.”

Well, alrighty then. Let’s just say it is a complex formula…and Easter is sometime in March or April. Here’s a handy-dandy website to help you plan your future Easters.

Easter is also the time when people attend church on Sunday – in fact some folks contend it is the most attended church service of the year. Christians (like me) believe that Jesus (the Son of God) came back to life (was raised from the dead) three days after he was crucified on the cross. Good Friday (the Friday before Easter Sunday) is when the crucifixion is commemorated. You can check out the story in Mark 15:16 through Mark 16:19. It is very touching.

The title of this column is “There’s a seat for you” and that’s because you should take time out of your busy schedule and attend Church this Sunday – a church of your choice – because there really is a seat for you at your local church. You’ll feel better after attending and many churches have services throughout the day to fit your schedule (so you and your friends don’t miss the Easter egg hunt).

Who knows…we may run into each other this Sunday!