Some believe Jesus Christ did not exist.
Some believe Jesus Christ was a famous person
Some believe Jesus Christ was a great prophet and teacher
Some believe Jesus Christ died on a cross.
Some believe Jesus Christ the Son of God, died on The Cross, was Resurrected, and accept Christ as their Savior.
December 25 we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and have done so for decades and decades. We are not completely sure December 25 is the exact birthday, but that day is the day we have chosen for Christmas.
There is no bigger birthday celebration. I believe Jesus Christ deserves such a party for the impact his life has on the human race. A really great, extremely big party requires lots of hard work, lots of food, lots of gifts, and lots of love. I cannot imagine there ever being a bigger and better birthday party than the one people have around the world at Christmas. I believe Christ is quite impressed and is especially pleased with our giving the gifts to one another.
As a part of going to see Santa Claus each year, my mother would save the picture of my sitting on Santa’s knee. She would display these in our dining room each holiday season. When I was six years old I vividly remember reviewing the pictures of three previous visits to Santa. I had a question.
“What is it, Topper?” She called me Topper. I don’t know why.
“In these three pictures, Santa looks different. Which one is the real Santa?
“I believe they are all Santa, Topper.”
“No, Mom, that can’t be. The one in the middle is the real Santa. The others must be Santa’s helpers. Santa can’t be everywhere, all the time.”
I wasn’t ready to let go.
There was a time I thought we were both wrong and I didn’t believe in Santa Claus. A few years later I began to believe Mom was right, they were all Santa. Today I believe we were neither right nor wrong. Simply, we both believed in Santa Claus.
Yes, I believe there is a Santa Claus.
As a part of going to see Santa Claus each year, many years ago, my mother would save the pictures of my sitting on Santa’s knee. She would display these in our dining room each Christmas season. When I was seven years old I vividly see myself reviewing the pictures of three previous visits to Santa. I had a question.
I asked my mother to look at the pictures. She said “what is it topper?” She called me topper, I don’t know why.
I told her it looked as if the three Santa’s appeared different. I wanted to know which one is the real Santa. She answered, ” Why, I believe thay are all Santa, topper.”
“No, Mother, you have to be wrong. The one in the middle has to the real Santa! The others must be Santa’s helpers. Santa can’t be everywhere, being so busy you know.” I wasn’t ready to let go.
There came a time when I thought we were both wrong and I didn’t believe in Santa Claus. Later, I decided mother was right, they were all Santa Claus. Today, I believe we were neither right nor wrong. Simply, we both believed in Santa Claus.
Opening presents Christmas morning! Wow! One of the great, memorable experiences in life!
Comparing my childhood with today, there are two differences that come to mind. I remember my friends and I receiving a few meaningful presents from Santa and they were easy to open. Today, my grandchildren receive many, many gifts from Santa and family and they are as difficult to break into and get to the treasure as breaking into Fort Knox to get to the gold.
The clam-shell packaging breakthrough is a breakthrough in the packaging and marketing world, but not in the consumer world. We cannot break through the packaging!!!
I understand the need to balance 1) the safety and security, 2) the marketing aspects, and 3) customer convenience. I believe the industry has done the very best they can and the designers and implementers are to be commended. Progress at its best!
In the same category of tremendous improvement are the following:
- Screwing off juice tops
- Removing prescription pills and over-the-counter medications
- Peeling back plastic seals after microwaving – or without microwaving
- Removing the very first soda can from the breakthrough fridge package
I believe, however, there are satanic packaging gremlins that alter the final product distributed. They get in there and make the opening of the package to score in the 99 percentile of the stress meter. They use some kind of kriptonite glue. The customer service number for all packaging becomes 1-800-houdini. They then all get together at the local pub and shout “two out of three ain’t bad, hahahaha -got ’em!”
Safety, security, and marketing are all well and good; however we need to find these satanic packaging gremlins and tell them, “we’re mad as hell and we’re not going to take it any more!” and then nuke them.
This is a sidetrip on our joyful journey of the pursuit of happiness.