- The Washington Times - Friday, December 26, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

To retailers, once so boastful and proud!

Who humbugged Christmas, so Grinchy, so loud!

Your stores are now empty, no milling Christmas crowd.

To retailers, who were too quiet, afraid, too shy,

To say, “Merry Christmas!”, “Navidad!”, or “Noel!”

“Offensive! Inflammatory! The offended!” they sigh.

Oh to the retailers who “Pooh-poohed” and patted our head,

Oh to the retailers who said, “Piff, God is dead!”

With all of the “holidays,” which you once so glibly said,

Surely one of them, these others, will feather your bed.

On winter solstice, festival, Roman Sol Invictus (even he!).

On with your spending! Your gift giving! Your glee!

On with your “holidays,” unoffended and free!

As for us? This Christmas, our wallets are unbending.

For as someone has said, said so dearly and well,

“There’s more to this season than this spending hell!”

So retailers, pack up your fluffery, your box of stuff!

Your fiddle, your faddle, your odd bodkins… enough!

It’s “Christmas”! “Merry Christmas”! Yes! We’re calling your bluff.

To love everlasting, without beginnings or end!

To baby, to sister, to mama and dad,

To family, beloved, to all my dear friends!

The cheerful, the grumpy, the good and the bad!

Sing it out! Ring it out! Shout! Ring the bell!

To Love everlasting! Christmas! Oh joyous Noel!

ANTHONY J. PASSANITI

San Antonio, Texas

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