You never heard that the three wise men suffered through sub-zero weather to get to Bethlehem. You never heard that the shepherds in the fields with their flocks were losing sheep from frost bite. The Holy Land gets cold in the winter, then. if that is true, why weren’t the shepherds experiencing hardship with their flocks at Christmas time? Either our story is flawed or the date is wrong. Which is it?
Somebody has promoted a tremendous hoax on all of us to get the Christmas date where it is now. I think it is the retailers of the world. They have to clear out all their year-end stuff to get ready for the new year so all of these tremendous sales and percentages off items is all a ruse to clearance out the old stuff to get ready for the new stuff they already have in their warehouses to bombard us with right after Christmas.
If we adjust the date of Christmas to, say, June, we would have great weather to get together with family and friends. There would be no stress over things like worrying that the weather is going to impede travel in some way. Canceled flights, chains on cars, frozen pipes, lost luggage due to late or canceled flights, in short, no more stress about travel.
June brides might not be too enthused about the change as they might have to be married in May or July so as not to compete with the new June Christmas date, but that is a small price to pay for the new benefits the new Christmas date would offer. Christmas Day dinner could be a barbecue at the lake after a day of fishing or water skiing. We could lie on the beach at night and count the stars. Think of it: turkey burgers and baby back ribs instead of roast turkey and smoked ham. The desserts could all be the same, but the menu would take a real turn around.
If we changed the Christmas date, places like Florida and Hawaii would really reap the benefits as they would be even busier than they now are in December as more people would want to go to those locales as they wouldn’t be waiting for relatives to come for Christmas and they would opt to get out of the colder areas of the globe for more hospitable climates. Retailers catering to warm-weather activities would have a banner December as they wouldn’t normally have the huge increase in sales of sun tan cream and such.
Christmas cards would have a whole new motif to them. No more the snow covered bungalows buried in snow, tucked away in some rustic forest glen with a wisp of smoke curling out of the chimney. Now it would be Santa Claus on a wakeboard enjoying the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii. Cowabunga dude, and merry Christmas!!
Larry Wilson is a 50-year resident of Sparks and a retired elementary school teacher. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.