Sign of the season


Right off of I-580, facing the Eastbound direction, on the Dublin grade there sits a large house on a hill.  Every year the owner of the house takes advantage of this prime sight-line to place a sign on a fence surrounding his property.  (I don’t know why I am assuming it is a man, just work with me on this, people).  The sign says “JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON”. 

Boy, does this sign irk me.  It’s not that I don’t believe he doesn’t have the right to his sign.  He certainly does.  If I support the person in Lafayette, with a similar freeway view, who has placed  dozens of crosses in his front yard as a protest of the Iraq war, then it would be hypocritical of me to say that this fellow can’t put up his statement.  But, damn, free speech can be irksome.

As a non-Christian this sign seems to be saying I can’t enjoy the holiday season since I’m not celebrating the birth of Christ.  I see it as a political statement by someone who is a soldier in the so-called “war on Christmas” in fighting the barbarian PC hordes who insist on inclusion.  I see it as a statement by someone who is afraid of diversity and wants to go back to the good old days when we didn’t have to give a shit about people who weren’t white and Christian.  I see it as a statement by someone who would be affronted if a minimum wage salesclerk, by mandate of corporate headquarters, said “happy holidays” instead of “merry Christmas”. I see it as a statement by a rich, misguided asshole.

When I mentioned this to a Catholic friend at work, she looked at me as if I were some kind of Berkeley liberal nutjob (oh right, I am).  She sees the sign as reminder to Christians that the season is not about materialism or consumerism, but is about love and giving and celebrating the birth of a light unto this world.  Oh.  Well, if you look at it that way, the sign isn’t so irksome.  I mean, who doesn’t agree with the sentiment that Christmas has become way too much about buying the latest and greatest and less about celebrating the spirit of Christ.  Hmmm.  Maybe he isn’t as asshole.

But then again, I’m pretty sure he is. 


4 responses »

  1. Actually, it’s the pagans who should really be upset, because it’s their holiday. It was hijacked by Christians. In fact, Jesus isn’t actually the reason for the season. I would stop the car and make the amend in a big black marker.

  2. After I read the post, I clicked on comment so that I could say …. almost exactly what Ron said. People have totally lost sight for the real reason for the season and that’s for getring through a long hard winter.

    But, on the other hand, I also agree with your Catholic friend. That the guy with the sign is just protesting the commercialism of the holiday, and promoting the spirituality of the season.

    It’s all about the light, no matter how you look at it.

  3. Jeepers, this is the first of your posts I’ve read and I’m already motivated to comment. First of all I need to preface this by saying that I am not a liberal nutjob. Nope, I’m a non-religious, pro-choice, pro-gay rights conservative. And, no those things are not mutually exclusive.

    Anyway… my six year old nephew Owen attends a public school. He will be in his first “Christmas pageant” with his classmates this year. The administration has announced that the event has been designed to be respectful of other customs (read: “not annoy anyone or get us sued”). Thats a fine sentiment but in practice it means that Owen will perform “I’m singing in the rain” on Christmas eve..

    My take on this? I think it’s funny as hell. As far as the sign on the hill, that stuff use to just chap my hide. Maybe it’s age, maybe it’s the meditation or maybe it’s the Cabernet but I now have no problem looking at stuff like that and just saying, “Whatever, dude”.

  4. Ron – Yup. As part of this post I was going to write a well-reasoned response to absurdity and just plain wrongness of his statement. Instead, I opted for just a angry, unreasonable rant.

    Kimba – And your point was the point I was I going to make had I written my well reasoned response.

    Iver – Oh Iver. I’m glad you still have your sense of humor. Mine is a bit lacking these days due to work (and not due to being a liberal nutjob). Hey, ain’t nothin’ wrong with an elementary school rendition of Singing in the Rain. ‘Tis one of my favorite movies and the idea of a bunch of kids splashing about in the rain whilst singing is rather charming. Glad you stopped by.

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