Maybe Christmas Means a Little Bit More

“Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” – Theodor Seuss Geisel, How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Merry Christmas Friends! Tomorrow is Christmas. It’s been quite a year and yet, here we are, at the end of 2021 and we get to pause to celebrate the birth of Jesus.

There’s something so…almost surreal to me about the Christmas season. It’s like, in the middle of chaos, viruses, wars, storms, hurt and pain, inflation, political division and more, almost everyone in the US still stops for this one day.

It’s a miracle and a direct blessing of living in a country such as ours. We can tune out of this craziness because it doesn’t necessarily define us as it might in a country with no liberty. Does it mean we aren’t affected? No, certainly not, and some more directly than others (I think of those affected by the tornados in Kentucky this holiday season and what they must be going through); but, we live in a country where most of our problems are not starvation, genocide or mass incarceration against our will.

So, we get the luxury of turning our eyes away from the darkness and look at something more beautiful.

Christmas and the birth of Jesus.

“A lovely thing about Christmas is that it’s compulsory, like a thunderstorm, and we all go through it together.” – Garrison Keillor, Leaving Home

It’s remarkable really, remarkable and beautiful. In a time when division seems rampant, Americans are, for the most part, unified around Christmas. As we should be.

Did you know that Americans, on average, spend about $1,000 on gifts. Also, on average, Americans travel 275 miles for Christmas. The U.S. is on track to have 2.5 billion packages shipped this Christmas alone.

Yup and that’s with COVID.

Clearly, Americans are still invested in the celebration of the special holiday.

Think of all Christmas represents? It is the celebration of the coming of Jesus Christ to save mankind.

Consider stories like “It’s A Wonderful Life” and “A Christmas Carol” and the hope, love and affection they express.

So, today friends, I’m just going to leave you with some quotes to inspire. Enjoy today. Cherish life, family, friends, and this great country. Cherish the liberty to work for the money with which you bought the presents you now give. Cherish the loved ones you now give your gifts to and cherish the gift of life given to you.

“No man is a failure who has friends.”

It’s a Wonderful Life

“I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”

Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”

Calvin Coolidge

“Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it ‘white’.”

Bing Crosby

“Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmastime.”

Laura Ingalls Wilder

“Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves.”

Eric Sevareid

“The world has grown weary through the years, but at Christmas, it is young.”

Phillips Brooks

Indeed it has grown old friends, indeed it has. But for Christmas, be young.


The Liberty Belle

6 thoughts on “Maybe Christmas Means a Little Bit More”

  1. Chris:

    May you, your family and all your readers have a very Merry Christmas with health and happiness throughout the New Year. God Bless

    1. Bob : Merry Christmas from Principles over policies of big LOCAL government , Ron , did you recieve my two responses to clarify the policy v principles and the conformity to the constitutions ? policy like we have up here prohibits normal Christmas , as bad local actors do not like the word Christmas being said , and with the warm temps and fog last night slowed down Rudolph , and the grandkids could not see his red nose blinking , as he and the others hit our airspace , Rudolph was “mandated to wear a MASK “”‘ Happier New Years to come , and Ms. Christin McMasters will play a much bigger role then she knows . Thanks , RON

      1. Ron:

        You wrote a long response yesterday to one of my PAST post where I asked Chris to explain the concept of “Unitary Executive Theory”. Although it used the named “Retired” it was obvious it was from you by the use of the phrase “up here” and your concern for “principle over policy”. Unitary Executive Theory has to do with constraining the President executive impulses and you went on and on about local government. I fail to see the connection between the two issues. Above I simply wished everyone a Merry Christmas and your response seems to be an attack. If you would be good enough to explain I’d be glad to have a conversation. Perhaps there are more things we agree on than disagree.

  2. Hi- Bob , please do not see my statements as an attack on you or the constitution . First constraining a president should go down to constraining local actors also , we see many times when our founding fathers like Mason who refused to and never put his name on the finished constitution , his principles led him to believe there was still not enough protection of liberty on it , Jefferson also always spoke of principles , Madison who had written much of the constitution off of Mason’s ideas for Virginia’s bill of rights had many principles , and we seen what happened to Hamilton by Burr over principles . So I found some SCOTUS case law on local policy being voided out by constitutional authority , hoping it will explain my stand and opinions , “” The assertions of federal rights plainly and reasonably [ our constitution written as to be read and understood by the common citizen ] made , are not to be defeated under the name of local practices [ policies ] “” . Davis V Wechler , Stromberg V California , and The NAACP V Alabama . , Sorry about “retired” , this old laptop went down from my name -e-mail address , “up here” is northern rural Michigan . I am one man by surprise to some after 33 years , I still refuse to get “in line” , as this would require intentionally violating my oath , and over the years I have taken the short version and the longer version oaths , local policy is so bad up here , local actors intentionally violate their oaths [ perjury ] violate both state and federal statutory laws , and many person’s constitutional “rights ” and / or “liberties” depending how free thinking define and apply each word . The BIG local GOVERNMENT is defined in my opinion is that local actors on a single board consolidate many others in local government building unholy and unconstitutional alliances , here is the truth as one example , when public property is sold by a county entity there is procedures , two being OMA and FOIA , not to mention they cut me out of the discussion till they thought they would have me break the law with them on sale day , my oath said I must report the statutory law violations [ county prosecutors can advise public board members – I was looking only for compliance of the law ] prosecutor needed a report/investigation by local law enforcement m so the issues were raised to the sheriff’s dept. days later I was called by a deputy that my complaint / report went in the shredder [ sheriff’s dept. claimed it would look bias to investigate and report all others for a single county official’s oath ! , they also then claimed conflict of interest , therefore NO REPORT ] no report to county prosecutor meant the prosecutor can take no action , state troopers looked into this but they do not give out legal advise , nor did I ask , as I know better , state troopers did their job and did so well. They local actors called for my resignation for abiding to my oath of office , retaliated by posting this call for resignations all over , the A G investigated and can and did give advise , to send it to the prosecutor , which ran right back into NO REPORT by law enforcement , it then turned into a false presentation to the circuit court by local actors [ local policies and practices ] and a restraining order against me !! again a local judge hands them summary disposition ! while months and years prior restraining orders and false presentations to the courts stay in effect , these actors laugh about [ my will to abide “to the best of my ability” so help me GOD ] , if only a honest and good lawyer[s] or firm was “up here” as no one says nothing or does anything , if local bad actors [ policy] can do to RON for 33 years , it sets local policy for others what not to do , simply put my PRINCIPLES outweigh their POLICIES , one man V all the above “” No Sepereation of Government “” you see how they have become BIG local GOVERNMENT ? and as a president need to have sepereation and constraints . Ending that “local policy – state laws ” contrary the constitution are void and invalid . I do think we have more things to agree on then disagree , or we would not both be reading Ms. McMaster’s Liberty Bell ? Thanks , Ron

  3. Bob : on Dec. 14th , I left a comment on Ms. McMaster’s writing on Maybury v Madison , on how I beat the big local government , it is still pending on other issues though. Thanks Ron

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