…After all, I was seriously upset last night. I suppose it’s a stupid thing to be that upset over, but I think the reason it bothers me so much is that music has always been such a huge part of my life that it really irritated me to see a performance where it looked like nobody really cared. They were shooting for mediocrity and barely achieved even that. I was always taught to strive for excellence. Those kids (the fourth graders in particular) had a serious problem with projection; we sat about as far away from the singers as you could possibly get and could hardly hear them most of the time. At one point we couldn’t even understand what they were singing because they weren’t enunciating at all. I remember quite vividly a lesson I received once on enunciation during kids’ choir practice at church. Let me tell you, I enunciated perfectly after that.
It also really bothers me that in so many public places, we are encouraged not to say anything even resembling a remembrance of what Christmas is really all about. Christmas is first and foremost about celebrating the birth of Christ and his life and works. Secondly, it is about spending time with family and friends and thanking God for the blessings you have had and continue to receive. It is not about shopping and buying and spending and receiving. As a kid, I remember not really caring so much about the family part and the religion part. But now that my mom and both my grandparents are gone, I really cherish the times that I can spend with my family all together. Those times are few and far between. And the older I get, the more I can appreciate what God has done for me in my life and the more I find myself…apparently forgetting to take my hot water out of the microwave so I can have some hot chocolate. Excuse me.
Okay. Yesterday I heated up some water twice in order to make a cup of hot chocolate and I forgot about it both times. I think I remembered it as I was leaving work for the night. Today I’ve only done it once so far. Let’s see if I can remember to take it out of the microwave while it’s still hot this time.
Anyway, I think I’m a little calmer now. I am just so sick to the teeth of all this stupid political correctness garbage. Kids don’t say the Pledge of Allegiance in school anymore because “it might infringe on someone’s right not to believe in God.” You can’t have the Ten Commandments in courthouses anymore. Oh, and by the way, no Christmas carols in the annual Christmas concert because someone might be offended. Really, how much farther are we going to let them take this? If you don’t want to hear Christmas music, don’t go to the concert. If you don’t want to say the Pledge of Allegiance because you don’t believe in it, don’t say it! If you don’t like the way we do things in our country, go somewhere else. Otherwise, shut your yaps and do like the rest of us.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the separation of Church and State, but I think in some cases we’ve taken it a bit too far and much farther than the Founding Fathers intended, Christmas concerts and prayer in school being prime examples. I’m not saying I want to live in a religious state, but seriously, people, use some common sense. By not allowing such expressions of faith as singing Silent Night in a school Christmas concert, we are effectively offending ourselves. I’m offended that kids are not allowed to sing a religious Christmas song at the Christmas concert because it might offend someone else. The community in which I live is predominantly, if not entirely, Christian, and I think it’s stupid that we are not allowed to sing Christian Christmas songs during the Christmas concert.
Okay, so maybe I wasn’t done being snarky. I’m sure I probably just talked in circles around my main point of wow, we’re all being stupid here, folks, but oh well. I guess I’d just like to know why what was okay for us to sing as kids in our Christmas concerts is suddenly not okay to sing now. For crying out loud, they could have at least sung something like Silver Bells or Jingle Bell Rock or Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! While these are all nice songs in their own way, they’re no Angels We Have Heard On High or O Holy Night, but they’re at least Christmas classics. Where were they in the program?
Okay, okay, I promise I’ll get off my high horse now. I’ve been looking at my archives list and I can’t believe I’ve been blogging for over a year! I know, that’s not much for some people. I have one friend who’s been at it regularly for the last five years. But for me to actually keep something like this going this long is pretty cool, especially given that I haven’t been doing a whole lot of actual writing lately. I so need a free time machine.
And in case you were wondering, yes, I remembered to retrieve my hot water from the microwave so that I can have some hot chocolate. Yummy!
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