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Careful, or Christmas will get away from you
Christmas comes too soon, lasts too long

Date published: 12/15/2012

DO YOU realize that Christmas is only 10 days away? Mercy, where has this year gone?

As usual, I'm not ready, but I know I am not alone. Most men still haven't given the holidays much thought.

Men treat Christmas like they treat illnesses; they ignore the symptoms in the hope that they will go away. Then, at the last minute, they panic.

It is hard to determine when the Christmas season starts these days. Some say it begins with Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, but most stores begin putting out Christmas wares the day after Halloween.

Churches say the Christmas season starts with Advent, which begins the fourth Sunday before Christmas, while kids start getting the holiday spirit when they see Santa Claus in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

But the season is not officially under way until Sears, in TV ads, starts peddling every manner of wrench known to man. It wants women to think that every man's secret fantasy is to own a battery-operated screwdriver.

Women, of course, know that men have other visions of sugar-plums in their heads.

I tend to think the Christmas season begins when the first fight occurs over a publicly placed Nativity scene.

Every year we have the same battle. A Nativity scene goes up on government property and the atheists and agnostics come out of the woodwork to challenge it.

If agnostics believe in nothing, how can they get so worked up over something as meaningless to them as religion?

Maybe they really don't and are just intent on making a point or finding a way to punish the government.

Each year, the war over separation of church and state is renewed and the Constitution gets thrown into the religious fray.

Listen, until we take "In God We Trust" off our money, this is still a Christian country and anyone who says the Founding Fathers weren't in support of Christmas is nuts!

What the framers of the Constitution meant, at least in my not-so-humble opinion, was that we should let every religion celebrate its sacred holidays in its own way.

So if agnostics want to celebrate believing in nothing by sitting on the courthouse lawn and doing nothing, hey, that's OK by me. Just leave Christmas alone.

As you may have noticed, I'm not real politically correct.

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