Every Who down in Whoville, the tall and the small,
Was singing! Without any presents at all!
He HADN’T stopped Christmas from coming! IT CAME!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!
And the Grinch, with his grinch-feet ice-cold in the snow,
Stood puzzling and puzzling: “How could it be so?”
“It came with out ribbons! It came without tags!”
“It came without packages, boxes or bags!”
And he puzzled three hours, till his puzzler was sore.
Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before!
“Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.”
“Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!”
A city in upstate New York pulled this own Whoville moment of sorts this year when an Atheist complained to the city about a perceived violation of the first amendment (and he was going to sue them) over the 17 year old tradition of “Christmas on the Canal” that the town of Ogden and village of Spencerport had helped fund for several years.
But when they thought the event would have to be cancelled, something happened.
On Oct. 27, Spaziano penned an op-ed for the local Suburban News titled, “Goodbye to ‘Christmas on the Canal.’” In it, she told the public the event was coming to an end.
“From that point, within a week (of the article’s publication) we were inundated with calls of concern, support, offers to help,” she said. “Checks started coming in.”
So, with public support and a last-minute rallying cry, they decided that the show would go on after all.
“We do have these freedoms. We’ve got to fight for these freedoms,” she said. “The joyful news is the community as a whole — businesses, individuals, a little boy with his change … it will be a community supported event.”
Spaziano later announced in another article in the Suburban News that the event was back on and slated for Dec. 8, and thanked the community for pitching in. Now, she said, “Christmas on the Canal” is well on its way to being fully funded.
“I think that it’s almost a revival of sorts. People are going to know they almost lost Christmas in their village,” she said. “I want our country to know that there are ways to keep these events in your villages and towns. You just need to know how.”
– The Blaze
Don’t let the Grinch steal Christmas.*
If your city is making Christmas into something that’s almost impossible to celebrate in public, then just do it yourself.
Exercise a little of your own first amendment rights and put on a living nativity or sing some carols on public property. Maybe security will ask you to move along or tell you that you’re loitering, if they do wish them a “Merry Christmas” and move along.
If your city cancels their Christmas parade or festival, then put one on yourself. Get donations and work with your community to celebrate Christmas in public, even with all the Grinches around that act like you are treating them like second class citizens for singing about angels and mangers and peace on Earth, goodwill toward men.
Who cares what they think anyway? If they are going to try to take this Holiday away from us, then we take it back.
A non-Christian who loves Christmas so very much, even the religious parts.**
*Yes, you are a Grinch if you have a problem with Christmas.
**In fact I don’t really like the non-religious carols…if I hear the word “jingle” one more time…