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I'm dreaming of an all-white Christmas

Published on -12/25/2013, 2:03 PM

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Merry Christmas to everyone. Happy Hanukkah. Happy Kwanzaa. Live Long and Prosper. OK, I give up. Happy Holidays.

It appears to be a dry Christmas this year as our drought lingers and worsens. I wish all those uppity scientists would stop talking about climate change. Perhaps then we would have more moisture and a white Christmas. Instead, we ignore them and focus on the zombie apocalypse.

The city of Hays is promoting water conversation, hooray, while Gov. Sam Brownback wants to drain the aquifers. He also wants to add coal-burning power plants in the state. Meanwhile, Ellis County has agreed on construction of wind farm development -- hooray. Thank your local leaders for thoughtful vision and the shame on our state leadership for greed and ignorance.

We might have a bit of snow on Christmas; however, the color outside does not matter as most people understand the season is about giving. God gave humanity the gift of Jesus. It is the time of the year anyone can give a gift of caring or sharing. It is a reflection of the season when strangers help those in need.

For many, Santa Claus -- or his back-up, Dad and Mom -- will deliver not only gifts but instill the sense of giving and caring to the next generation.

Of course, every good time will have someone in the corner grumbling. This is OK; it helps the rest of us be thankful we can appreciate a good time.

FAUX or FOX News, and the conservative radio noise machine, have be active with their annual war on Christmas. Now, if you live in the alternative universe of this world, then every liberal, LGBT, African-American, atheist, Muslim, coastal elitist, Hollywood producer, Ivy League professor or open-minded citizen are out to destroy Christmas.

The translation of their code speak and this alleged attack on Christmas became apparent this year on FOX as Santa and Jesus always have and always will be white males. You know the codes, born in Kenya means uppity Negro, small business is $6 billion apiece net worth Koch Brothers and teachers are overpaid means the NEA gives money to Democrats.

OK, so let's find those history books or any well-researched literature and check this out.

It appears St. Nicholas was a Christian from the fourth century and resided in what now is modern day Turkey. He offered gifts to those in need and had a dark complexion. Don't shoot the messenger, just saying. Most scholars agree this was the man who later became the model for Santa Claus. See kids, Santa Claus is old and wise.

On the other hand, Kris Cringle was an Austrian-German who gave gifts and became the symbol for the modern day image for Santa Claus to European-descent Christians. I really don't know why Santa Claus moved to the North Pole, uses reindeers or shouts ho, ho, ho.

Jesus was born in Palestine, fled to Egypt with his parents as a child and established a following of disciples in Palestine. Now, I have not noticed many white children born to Palestinians.

If you believe Jesus was white, then you must adhere to the Roman history that Jesus was the illegitimate child of a Roman soldier and Mary. Warning, the white Jesus version might hinder the immaculate conception component of your Christian values.

OK, back to code translator 101. In the world of conservative media, it is a white man's world. I am not sure why since in a world of 6 billion people there are 1 billion Asians, 1 billion Persians, 1 billion Africans and 1 billion South Americans plus Mexico. The world is more of a nice tan than white.

The white man's world philosophy is not new. Europeans had this view long before the settlement of the Americas. However, the world has changed. It no longer is flat; it has a global economy and instant telecommunications. Clinging to a view the world belongs to any one group is not in the spirit of Christmas.

This Christmas, ignore the grumbling from the corner and give yourself the gifts of an open mind and open heart. It might not change your lot in life, but it will give you hope -- which is always free -- and a gift that can be used for the entire year.

Glenn Michael Cox, Hays, was raised on farm in north-central Kansas. He is a graduate of Fort Hays State University and works as a manager of supervised services for a local private nonprofit agency.

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