Do you ever wonder what happened to tradition? I am talking about Christmas when cranberries and popcorn were strung together then hung on the Christmas tree, when we made homemade Christmas gifts with so much love, family gathered and shared special memories – sometimes into the late night as we sat by the fireplace and sipped hot chocolate, read Christmas stories to the children and especially gave so much thanks for what little we had.
It was not about the latest and greatest electrical gadgets, the best prices to be had, Black Friday or Cyber Monday. It was neither about who bought the most expensive gifts, nor about pleasing children by spoiling them senselessly.
I sorely miss those traditions and feel sad that in today’s world countless people have also forgotten that Christmas is about the birth of Christ, that it represents love, giving from the heart not the pocket book and giving the less fortunate a gift of compassion and a hug – just because…
In today’s world, society has lost its way and often does not understand what and why they are doing things that go against humanity. They choose to listen to subjective rhetoric. They become followers of those who have little knowledge of all the facts yet choose to express themselves with protests, riots, gun violence, and the absolute worst of all – burning our most treasured symbol of freedom – our United States flag.
Freedom of speech and expression are valued but, sadly, these same liberties are being abused and destroyed. These bitter angry people are translating our constitutional liberties into a mockery to fit their own personal agenda and not that of the majority which is to rationally unify and work together for a greater America.
Politics, elections, nor who is president justifies any person’s reason for any form of unfounded violence — burning our flag is the ultimate wrong. I lost numerous close relatives to war; I imagine them rolling in their graves feeling like their deaths for our freedom means little if nothing to those who think that freedom of speech and expression are about aggression and hatred and burning OUR flag!
I would like to know how these individuals would react in a 3rd world country or communist country; I assume they would be begging to return to our United States of America.
I hope, I pray, that when 2017 rings in, our society will reflect on what is happening to our world. It is not power or greed, not love; it is hate that is turning many into bitter miserable images of what happens when faith and hope no longer lives within the soul and anger has become their iron grip.
GOD BLESS AMERICA, MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Yoli Bell, Mesquite, NV