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Let’s keep Christ in Christmas.
Christ is God…
…and if you believe in God
and you know God is everywhere,
Then you know…
God is here: Merry Christmas
…and here: Happy Holidays
…and here: Season’s Greetings
…and here: Happy Hanukkah
…and here: Happy Kwanzaa
How are you?
I love you.
I LOVE YOU.
He is in all that
When we say
We’re not leaving out Christ.
We’re inviting in…
HAPPY HOLIDAYS, EVERYONE!
I just posted a response to a friend’s response to a Facebook status this morning. I know for most and maybe even to her that it will seem argumentative and even a bit snarky. That’s partly true on both counts, but the issue expressed really goes much deeper.
First let me describe the posted exchange. As I am usually apt to do each morning, I posted the day’s unusual holiday/commemorative—today is National Sugar Cookie Day. Along with that (as I also often do) I posted an accompanying video. I mentioned that it evokes the name of my friend, Kitty and that she should take a look. Her response, somewhat begrudgingly, was that she would do so, but not until she got more coffee. Fine…however, as I responded, it disappoints me that I took the time to find this less than 3 minute video and that it should be such a hardship for anyone to actually watch it.
I get it. Not everyone will be interested. Most won’t even want to take the time and effort to read through this post. But it distresses me to some degree that we should be so wrapped up in the chores of everyday life, that we can’t stop for three measly minutes for a little harmless diversion.
Please understand, this is NOT about Kitty. She is a VERY old friend. One I’ve known since first grade and someone who’s become more dear to me since reconnecting through Facebook. She is one of my best friends (of all time). However, I suspect that while she’s a lot like the sister I never needed, I’m more like the buddy that never goes home. I think we know we love each other and there’s very little that can change that. So while the argument may have started with our online exchange, the issue is much greater than that. Not earth-shattering, by any means, but one that seems sadly pervasive in the more and more virtually connective world in which we live.
As I said, I get it. Everyone won’t be interested in everything I post. It’s really only there with the free option to read and/or watch—or not. The thing that bothers me is this. If I start a conversation to a specific person and that person willingly becomes engaged, I expect to have their full (if only full online) attention. Of course, I know there are things going on in the background—that’s real life happening, and we can’t avoid that. But this is supposed to be COMMUNICATION. How can we communicate if we don’t bother to listen to the whole message?
Seriously, though, you don’t have to watch my videos. If I ask you to, presumably because I think they may be of interest, then I hope you will. To me, skipping my parenthetical flotsam once we are engaged in this exchange, is like watching TV during a phone conversation. Or even worse, it’s like texting at the dinner table. I also get it that some of that is part of the real life happening that we can’t see through the internet. So, I’d appreciate it if you could take the time to occasionally look up and acknowledge with an “uh-huh” or an “oh, I see” to let me know you’re still there.
Thanks for reading. Rant over. You may now feel free to move about the webisphere.
Social networking gives too many people the opportunity to hide behind their white hoods of the internet while beating their chests and exclaiming, “What is the world coming to?” These are vampires, blind to their own reflections, sucking the goodness and potential out of everything they touch in the hopes of making more like themselves.