Who Wins Keeps Christmas :Morag vs The PC Brigade

THE POLITICALLY CORRECT GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS POSTURING
“Please accept without obligation, express or implied, these best
wishes for an environmentally safe, socially responsible, low stress,
non addictive, and gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice
holiday as practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the
religious persuasion of your choice (but with respect for the religious
or secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or for their choice
not to practice religious or secular traditions at all) and further for a
fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically uncomplicated
onset of the generally accepted calendar year (including, but not
limited to, the Christian calendar, but not without due respect for the
calendars of choice of other cultures). The preceding wishes are
extended without regard to the race, creed, colour, age, physical
ability, religious faith, choice of computer platform, or sexual
preference of the wishee(s)”.

versus

MORAG’S GUIDE TO CHRISTMAS CARRY-ON
Morag has to hold her hand up and say she is a true Christmas Bunny. Loves everything about Christmas and neery a bah-humbug escapes from her lips. At the crack of sparrow today Morag decided to brave the crowds and venture forth early into the nearest M&S Food Hall to avoid The Curse of the Amateur Shopper. With Tall Child at the trolley and a determined ‘Don’t even THINK of messing with me’ attitude, Morag was through the aisles and at the checkout in next to no time.

I probably spend more time than I should in say emporium so am on nodding acquaintance with most of the staff. Due to my Man on a Mission approach my 17 containers of brandy butter and one packet of broccoli were packed and boxed for collection in record time. Pin-number checked in and I am in an ‘all’s right with the world kind of a mood’ so before departing I cheerily say to Lovely-Indian-Lady-Usually-At-Checkout-9 “Merry Christmas!”

…. Immediately the noise level in Brent Cross M&S went from North London’s answer to the Tower of Babel to Boxing Day in Santa’s Workshop – you could hear a pin drop. The woman in the queue behind me actually started to blush!

Lovely-Indian-Lady-Usually-At-Checkout-9 looked around, shrugged her shoulders, handed me back my well-worn bit of plastic and said “You too!”. But not before giving me That Secret Look – the look that implies ‘at least YOU have some sense and aren’t like all these pillocks’.

Here’s the word from the trenches people – because someone looks different than you do doesn’t mean they’re not Christian. Just because someone isn’t Christian doesn’t mean they don’t celebrate Christmas on some level. Morag and Tall Child are continuing their tradition of going to Jubilant Jews for Christmas lunch and will then move on to Mild-Mannered Muslims for Christmas pudding.

Yes Christmas is to many a religious holiday – it has also come to symbolise to many a spirit of ‘peace on earth and good will to ALL mankind’. Not just the mankind we like.

So the next time over the next few days that you feel the urge to be proud to be Christian, or just happy to be a member of the human race say whatever you want to whoever you want, it’s the smile that goes along with it that’s important.

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL… ( and a year of good nights )

*******AM CURRENTLY HAVING A SPOT OF BOTHER GETTING BLOGROLLING TO WORK WITH WORDPRESS.COM. THE PERSON WHO CAN SORT IT OUT IS CURRENTLY OFF HAVING TURKEY AND CRANBERRY SAUCE SO HANG TIGHT AND YOU’LL SOON SEE LOTS OF NEW NAMES ON MORAG’S BLOGROLL. APOLOGIES AND THANKS FOR BEING PATIENT.

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9 responses to “Who Wins Keeps Christmas :Morag vs The PC Brigade

  1. Bel

    Merry Christmas, Morag.

    I like this post; no mention of the dreaded ‘winterval’. You need to brush up on PC 101, lady.

  2. Think I’ve fallen in love with you. Merry Christmas.

  3. As an atheist, I 100% agree with you. I love Christmas- just the moment of choosing presents for lots of people is great fun, you can balance what they’d like between them. I often end up deciding after I’ve bought things, which I’ll give to which people. And its lovely to get something very personal from someone. And also to have the experience of someone saying to you, thanks that was just what I wanted. Good Post.

  4. dolbyn

    agreed – thought there are 2 people that i know of that do not celebrate christmas. One is a very orthodox jewess who considers christmas a pagan feast to be shunned, and other other is the father of a friend who as a pagen will only accept christmas cards that celebrate yuletide.

    At the end of the day thats their right to celebrate or not , just as it is mine.

    I do have one final thought 0n christmas – in the last week leading up to the big day it should be illegal for children under the age of 25 to leave their bedrooms. further more people that have nothing better to do than stand in the middle of the hmv shop talking to their friend sharon about how to cook a turkey should equally be locked up – lets face it christmas is about the shopping – either get with the sport or get out my way – comming through 🙂

  5. Christmas is a fantastic time. This reminded me of my time in Singapore, which as a society which enthusiastically endorses Christmas, but the many cultural groups, Chinese, Muslim, Expatriates, Hindus.. celebrate in their own way. All of these groups take on their own take on Christmas, all driven to a certain extent by commercial considerations, but all centered on children, the family, food and beverage. Living there for many years we experienced many different takes, but all enjoyable.

  6. Love this post. You have cheered my day. I like people who shop with purpose!

  7. Rather perturbed to learn you buy your brandy butter, Morag! Much more fun to make it yourself, particularly while sampling the brandy.

    Sounds like you had a deservedly excellent Christmas.

  8. Yes, we all love the post but when’s the next one? Happy New Year.

  9. Dear Notsaussure…………Had to stop making my own. There is something unseemly about drinking brandy from a bowl 😦

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