I will celebrate a merry, not woke, Christmas

Colorful lights. Photo courtesy of Marcus Quigmire / Wikipedia.

As Christmas arrives I will try to stay happy and positive. I won’t have this holiday ruined by people who can’t take a day off from having discussions about him. You know who — the “big orange baboon” who led an insurrection and has 91 felony counts.

I’m not getting sucked into political discussions about “evil Drumpf.” The holidays are my time to relax. The election is a year away. I don’t want to talk about Palestine or Jerusalem, for no matter how blasé I sound, I will only anger an Israeli or Palestinian. I don’t want to squabble about Jesus. I have no desire for the news of the day because most of it is unhinged, Trump-hating nonsense. I will have my holidays free from lies, distortions and propaganda. 

It’s not up for discussion. I’m celebrating Christmas and the birth of Christ because that’s who I worship. I don’t need your input or advice. I’m all in for Christ and Christmas. I don’t know what you’ll do for Christmas, nor do I care. 

Unfortunately, being a Christian in D.C., I wish I could do more. Still, the lure of bars, vice and marijuana means I have to worship privately with those seeking spiritual success and worldly riches. While I can get angry and disappointed, I’ll find gratitude for what I have and achieved. Today, I have options I didn’t have when I first sold Street Sense. 

What’s beautiful about America is if you have money, you can celebrate Christmas as you see fit. You can buy a Santa with a white beard, or if you are a woke leftist, you can paint your tree with rainbow colors.

I will not lose sleep thinking about what you think about Christmas, but I’ll bet everything I have, some will take issue with me being all in for the traditional Christmas. Repeat! The money I’m spending will be spent on the Christmas I was born into. Yes, I’ll be playing Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas.” I still get teary-eyed when I see “Miracle on 34th Street.” The movie is a classic. 

I’m not going down that rabbit hole. Suppose Jimmy Stewart and Bing Crosby are not your cup of tea, put on Donny Hathaway’s “This Christmas.” James Brown and The Jackson 5 have many R&B classics. If you’re a secular leftist, Freddie Mercury, Elton John and even Alice Cooper and Mick Jagger have Christmas songs. 

Since I’m buying the decorations, I will celebrate Jesus like my mom did — no type-casting. I’ve tried all the other Jesuses and settled on the blue-eyed, skinny Jesus. I’m rehiring the traditional Santa, preferably with a Southern accent. I think it makes it more Trumpian. 

Trigger warning: I don’t care what you think about how I’ll celebrate Christmas.

I will say good morning this holiday, and smile despite knowing that a few people cannot go through a day without mentioning him. 

On Christmas Day, they will bring up his 91 felony counts as if I understand or comprehend any of their legal mumbo jumbo. Those that are obsessed with you know who act as if what they say will change my mind and make me support Joe Biden or Democrats. 

Despite this, I’m decorating for holidays. Just to make things interesting, maybe I’ll put up a Make America Great sign. Because in America you can worship whoever you please, even if some people hate the thought that they’ll celebrate the Christian holidays and don’t see it rooted in hate or imperialism. 

Whatever you think of Christmas, I think it’s the most beautiful time of the year. 

I will say merry Christmas, not happy holidays. 


Jeffery McNeil is an artist and vendor with Street Sense Media. 


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