Thank you…..

Sometimes I am at a loss of words when it comes to expressing my feelings about some things. I posted a few weeks back about my feelings regarding the Merry Christmas vs Happy Holidays issue. Btw, if you did not read the comments on that particular post please go back and do so. I had a fantastic comment left by someone I don’t know. But I loved it. Today Nancy shared this email with me and again, I love it. I think I get so emotional I can’t express myself. So I am very thankful when others can. So with that in mind, please read this commentary by Ben Stein.

The following was written by Ben Stein and recited by him on CBS Sunday Morning Commentary.

My confession:

I have no freaking clue who Nick and Jessica are. I see them on the cover of People and Us constantly when I am buying my dog biscuits and kitty litter. I often ask the checkers at the grocery stores. They never know who Nick and Jessica are either. Who are they? Will it change my life if I know who they are and why they have broken up? Why are they so important? I don’t know who Lindsay Lohan is, either, and I do not care at all about Tom Cruise’s wife.

Am I going to be called before a Senate committee and asked if I am a subversive? Maybe, but I just have no clue who Nick and Jessica are. Is this what it means to be no longer young. It’s not so bad.

Next confession: I am a Jew, and every single one of my ancestors was  Jewish. And it does not bother me even a little bit when people call those beautiful lit up, bejeweled trees Christmas trees. I don’t feel threatened. I don’t feel discriminated against. That’s what they are: Christmas trees. It doesn’t bother me a bit when people say, “Merry Christmas” to me. I don’t think they are slighting me or getting ready to put me in a ghetto. In fact, I kind of like it. It shows that we are all brothers and sisters celebrating this happy time of year. It doesn’t bother me at all that there is a manger scene on display at a key intersection near my beach house in Malibu. If people want a creche, it’s just as fine with me as is the Menorah a few hundred yards away.

I don’t like getting pushed around for being a Jew and I don’t think Christians like getting pushed around for being Christians. I think people who believe in God are sick and tired of getting pushed around, period. I have no idea where the concept came from that America is an explicitly atheist country. I can’t find it in the Constitution and I don’t like it being shoved down my throat.

Or maybe I can put it another way: where did the idea come from that we should worship Nick and Jessica and we aren’t allowed to worship God as we understand Him?

I guess that’s a sign that I’m getting old, too. But there are a lot of us who are wondering where Nick and Jessica came from and where the America we knew went to.



  1. 1
    Linda Says:

    Nice sentiment, but only the first few paragraphs are true. I remember seeing the commentary on TV and the preachy part at the end didn’t ring any bells – that’s what prompted me to go hunting. That and the fact that almost *any* mention of Madeleine (sic) Murray O’Hare and the “recent” finding of her body (2001) means it’s going to be an urban legend. for more details.

  2. 2

    I know I should have checked Snopes. I violated my own rule BUT that is beside the point. I like what it says. It expresses my feelings great and will let this post stand.

  3. 3
    Linda Says:

    Conversation and debate is a good thing. Expressing your opinion is good too. 🙂

  4. 4
    Anita Says:

    I heard him give this speech on the Sunday Morning show. Interesting. It’s so strange but none of the opinions either way seem to bother me. Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas–they are both wishes for happiness.

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    Melissa T. Says:

    I love the quote from Ben Stein…he’s brilliant…and understands this ‘issue’. Enjoyed visiting with you Saturday!

    Merry Christmas, Kay!

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