- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 24, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I’m not going to beat about the bush. It’s Christmas Day, I’m certain you know the reason for the season (because the fruit remind us every year), and I think you’d want to get back to your celebratory mood ASAP.

So, believe it or not I’m not going to be Deborah Downer.

Here are three things about the December holiday season and our nation’s capital:

No. 3: The current state of affairs calls for us to say something if we see something. I say it also calls for us to say something if we know something. Prayer works.

On Saturday, people of various faiths will gather on the venerated grounds of the Lincoln Memorial to do what reportedly has never been done before: Celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and the birth of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

It’s an interfaith thing, which in and off itself speaks volumes.

“God wants all of us to come together and create a safe and secure America for each one of us,” said Rizwan Jaka of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society. “We are all in this together, and let’s appreciate this to uphold religious freedom and beckon a peaceful and prosperous 2016 and more.”

The event will include prayer as well and music, and begins at 1 p.m. Visit the American Muslim Institution for more information.

No. 2: When George W. Bush was president, he was a most remarkable Santa.

Joe Curl, who covered the two-term Bush White House for The Washington Times, tells the story via Yellowhammernews.com.

OK, you know that the Obamas hit Hawaii every year for Christmas and that they are so desperate to get away as to beat Santa on the road? Well, their departures mean media and government workers aren’t getting Christmas Day off. Bah, humbug.

But, it seems, George W. wasn’t the Grinch he’s been made out to be.

Says Mr. Curl (who I long have affectionately called J.C.) of the special gift Mr. Bush gave hundreds and hundreds of people each Christmas. “In December, we [media and staff] never left Washington, D.C., until the day after Christmas. Never. After a few years, I asked a low-level White House staffer why. I still remember what she said: ‘So all of us can be with our families on Christmas ‘For me, that one-day delay was huge. My kids were 6 and 8 years old when Mr. Bush took office [in 2001]. When he went home to Prairie Chapel that last time in 2009, my girl was driving, the boy was 6-foot-1. But in the meantime, I was home for eight Christmas mornings, playing Santa, stoking the fire, mixing up hot chocolates.”

Sniff, sniff.

J.C. also commented on Mr. Bush’s successor, Hawaii-born Barack Hussein Obama: “This president would never delay his trip to his island getaway. He’s off every year well before Christmas. Hundreds and hundreds head off with him, leaving family behind. No Christmas at home. Instead, the Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. Nice, but not exactly home.”

And you though Mr. Obama was a died-in-the-wool family-centric kinda guy.

No. 1: I saved the best for last.

As a not-so-routine Christmastime treat, the Washington Redskins take on the Philadelphia Eagles in a Saturday afternoon game at Lincoln Financial Field, and New Year’s weekend the ‘Skins are in Dallas for the last game of the regular season.

Winning by default, as my Redskins have much of this season, is part of the game. It happens every season: So-and-so team has to beat so-and-so team and hope so-and-so loses in order to make the playoffs or get a wild card slot.

2015 is no different.

Except if Santa is still granting gifts to Redskins fans and supports, I have a request: Let owner Dan Snyder be Dan Snyder.

He’s our No. 1 fan (and hail yeah, I’m still quietly standing in the No. 2 spot right behind him).

Go Redskins!

God bless them, every one.

Merry Christmas!

Deborah Simmons can be reached at [email protected]

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