Do you ever wonder how the world would be if the things that happened way-back-when happened now instead?
What if Joseph and Mary were in Middle Tennessee this year, instead of Bethlehem hundreds of years ago?
One thing for certain, they wouldn’t have had to look any further than a new Ole South neighborhood to find a warm place to stay. And with the increased income and purchase limits offered on THDA loan programs, they could even live in Williamson County if they wanted to – without a single penny out of pocket using the “Great Start” program!
And what about the Three Wise Men? Could we even find three? Or could they have been women? Would they have arrived by camel, on horseback, on a John Deere Tractor, or maybe even a Chevy Volt?
Either way, would they have brought gifts of I-pads, smart phones, and flat screens? Or would they have simply brought gift cards?
This time of year can bring out the best in people. Attention is directed toward the less fortunate, families gather, and good times are shared. Why can’t we do that all year?
We live in a complicated world, a world that is full of diversity. Over the years, I have had the priviledge to work with many home buyers from all different cultures and religious beliefs. I am eager to learn about their cultures and religions, and feel they are eager to learn of ours. Why can’t we leave it at that?
Why do the “politically correct” step in and screw it all up for everyone. After all, the Jewish people have tolerated Christmas for many years and generations and not thrown a fuss.
Let’s make it simple. When it is my birthday, you do not have to celebrate it. It is your choice to even acknowledge. You don’t have to do anything that you do not want to do, but you cannot change the fact that it is my birthday. And the same goes for your birthday.
Christmas is Jesus’ birthday and nothing can take that away.
Peace on Earth and Goodwill Toward Men (and women too) can certainly cross religious and cultural boundaries.
And musical masterpieces can also:
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Peace and Joy to everyone!