This is the most wonderful time of the year to me, and while some get a little crazy out there shopping, most people seem to reach deeper into their hearts at this magical year end celebration of what makes life great. I get tired of the continuing dialog about "commercialization," and replacing "Christmas" with "holiday." Of course, it's commercialized . . . that's what a free enterprise society does – find reasons to increase commerce. But that doesn't mean we have to drift away from the true meaning of the season.
I don't want to offend anyone who isn't a Christian, and we invite you to participate along with us in our celebration of Jesus' birth. But don't trivialize or try to change what this is all about. Show a little tolerance to the fact that the majority of Americans claim to be Christians and want to celebrate this Holy event.
OK, enough proselytizing. I’m late this year with my Christmas list, as we’ve been real busy at EIDOLON readying a fabulous new product line for 2011, and selling the remaining HiSpin inventory of our V-SOLE wedges. [We still have some left, guys and gals, and for the rest of the year, I've gone crazy with pricing. Click on the EIDOLON ad at the top of the column and see what I mean!!]
As for my Christmas list, I really only have one thing I’d like Santa to bring this year, and it’s not even for me. Not directly, at least.
What I hopefully ask Santa for . . . is an epiphany for our old and new leaders in Washington, so that they might see that our federal government style is a train wreck that promises to destroy this country. No matter what your political leanings, no entity can continue spending half again more than it takes in . . . at least not for long. Be honest with yourselves and us, politicians, and find a way to get spending into line with income. And not by taxing us to death. Roll back the size of government, the cost of doing business, and be frugal in the promises you make with OUR money!!!
Be honest with us, politicians, about the true state of our finances. And fix them. Be tough on expenditures, and cut where things are not absolutely necessary. That’s what every American family and business has to do. Find a way to say, more often than not, “That’s a great idea, but we can’t afford it.” And apply that position to nearly everything that you have the temptation to undertake.
And please make sure our defense structure is the strongest on earth. The surest way to keep from getting bullied is to be stronger, tougher and more dedicated than the bully. See “Karate Kid” and every other underdog movie. The reality is that everyone hates violence, war, aggression, etc., and no one more than our military, who are going to have to fight in our behalf. At least make sure that when and if that fight comes, they have the best tools available. And that we treat them like heroes when they come home.
That really wasn’t much, after all, was it? I wish all you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I’m going to take next week off for a little R &R, much-needed, I might say. And I’ll see you with a new reader question to answer on Tuesday, January 4. You’ve got until then to think about what you’d like me to explore, dissect and opine upon. And remember, there’s a new EIDOLON wedge given away every week to the reader whose question is selected.
Thank you all for what you give me. I hope I give back as much.
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Thank you for all your posts this year! I have really enjoyed reading and applying all your articles. Keep up the great work. As a super amateur golfer, your tips and instructions really hit home and have improved my overall ball striking. Merry Christmas and blessings this coming year!
AH50 SAYS: Merry Christmas & a Happy New to you and those close @ heart, relatives, friends far and near. :) :) :) and the world will smile with you.
Great post, Terry. If you decide to run for President, you've got my vote! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours, and thanks for all you've given us here at this site. You've helped my game, and I appreciate it!
To All My Democrat Friends at OOBGOLF:
Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an
environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low-stress, non-addictive, gender-neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with respect for the religious/secular persuasion and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all.
To Terry and the other 98% of you Merry Christmas
I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically
uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year
2011, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of other cultures
whose contributions to society have helped make America great.
Not to imply that America is necessarily greater than any other country nor the
only America in the Western Hemisphere.
Also, this wish is made without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical
ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.
To Terry and the other 98% of you Happy New Year
Awesome post merlin.
Bryan K says:
You know....just to be clear....
There is a continent called North America and there is a continent called South America. There is no continent called America. There is only a country called America, and it is short for the United States of America.
That said, I hope everyone had a wonderful Solstice holiday.
What a BS. With "Christmas", most people think about food & presents, fight with family members and in general wished it just was over and done with. I'ld suggest to call it the "hypocritical holiday".
No offense taken. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Politics aside, I hope all of us have a better 2011. The past 3 years have been challenging in every way. Happy Holidays!
Bryan K says:
jev: I don't know if I agree. I'm not a Christian, and I therefore don't celebrate Christmas. However, Christmas still has meaning to me, even though it's different than what is normal. To me, it's about a new year. It's about longer days. It's about new hopes. And, yes....since this is the time of the year where people are off from school and work, it means family. And maybe I'm in the minority here, but I truly do love to spend time with my family this time of the year, and I don't give nor do I receive any presents.
Terry - Thank you for your post! Jesus is the REASON for the season - God is BIG, God is SMART, God is STRONG, God is GOOD, and most importantly God is HERE!!!
Also, thank you for my new Eidolon wedges - can't wait to try them out!!!
Kurt the Knife says:
another celebration of the return of the sun.
My family gets together and argues until someone has a seizure and then we have pie.
Bryan K says:
Axial tilt is the reason for the season:)
get it off your chest Terry!!! nice rant! cant wait to golf again!
Who cares? Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah, Merry Festivus.
Celebrate whatever day you feel like, be happy, be safe, and enjoy the time you have with your loved ones. Make every day a holiday. Be kind to everyone every day. Don't use Christmas (or whatever holiday you choose to celebrate around 12/25) as an excuse. Use it as an example. Take the feelings of goodwill towards others with you into the new year, and keep them going. Hold the door open for the guy behind you. Say "Thank You." Hug your wife, your mother, your father, your grandparents. Tell them how much they mean to you. Realize that you only have 1 family, and that you need them. Let go of the past, and try to help them be the person you know they can be, and let them help you be the best person you can.
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