2017-10-25 / ChatterBox

The Chatter Box

By Deborah Bennett
Military Active Duty

The holiday season is fast approaching – Thanksgiving and Christmas – and I am already seeing signs of what is to come. However, Thanksgiving seems to be ignored with Christmas taking the center stage.

There are Christmas displays in stores already and I even saw a Christmas commercial on television this week. Every year, it seems the commercialization of Christmas begins earlier and earlier with most all of the emphasis placed on finding the perfect gifts and Santa’s presents. Kids are bombarded with advertisements of the newest toys and gadgets and parents are pressured to provide them.

The religious aspect of the holiday is totally ignored. I seldom hear a “Merry Christmas” in any of the commercials. It is now “Happy Holidays!” There are always a few commercials with family-oriented themes, but you won’t hear God, Jesus or Savior in any of them. It might “offend” someone.

Well, the omission offends me! I hope we all can find ways to celebrate the true meaning of both Thanksgiving and Christmas. There is a lot for which we can all be thankful, if we take the time to think about it. And, there is no “Christmas” if you take “Christ” out of it. As the saying goes, “He is the reason for the season!”

Happy birthday this week to: Joshua Gay, C.J. Chance, Jay Johnson, Bobby Jean Mitchum, Brooke Landing, Julie Chance, Will Brinson, Michelle Miller, Johnny Griner, Roy Cook and Doris Parrish.

Happy anniversary this week to: Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Rich.

Col. James Eldridge Davis, U.S. Air Force, DoD Pentagon, Washington D.C.; TSgt. Jeremy M. Chestnut, U.S. Air Force, Keesler AFB, Biloxi, MS; CPT Justin G. McBride, U.S. Army, 1st Armored Division, Fort Bliss, Texas; Chief Warrant Officer 5 Darryll L. Simpkins, U.S. Army, Fort Gordon Logistics Readiness Center, Augusta, GA; Tech Sgt. Stuart Burrus, U.S. Air Force, Shaw AFB, Sumter, S.C.; E-4 Christopher Simmons, U.S. Army, Missouri; E-3 Ralphael Franklin Lovett, U.S. Army, Kuwait; E-4 Rhonda Lovett, U.S. Army Reserve, Augusta, GA; Airman First Class Aaron Comstock, U.S. Air Force, Shaw AFB, Sumter, S.C.; E-5 She’nice Thompson, U.S. Army, 25th Sustainment Brigade, HHC 25th Special Troops Battalion, Wahiawa, Hawaii; and Major D. Slade Burke, U.S. Air Force, 48th Logistics Readiness Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom.

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