Ok, I’ve about had it with that phrase.
This time of year, which I love, brings about numerous sappy news stories and radio call-ins. There is a Christian music radio station here in the Metroplex and they play many of these segments where gracious people have stepped in and provided presents.
Inevitably, the person being interviewed utters the phrase, “We just weren’t going to be able to have Christmas.” or “This person made it possible for us to have Christmas.”
I do hope they mean that they weren’t going to have presents. Matter of fact, I’m quite certain that’s what they mean, but it’s not what they are saying.
As we know, Christmas does not depend on receiving gifts under a tree. Christmas does not not happen if you don’t have things to open on the morning of December 25. Nothing anyone can do can stop Christmas. Take note from the great philosopher’s (Dr. Seuss) character the Grinch. He tried, yet the point of that book and movie (the one with Boris Karloff narrating) is that there is more to Christmas than toys.
“Every Who down in Who-ville, the tall and the small,
Was singing! without any presents at all!
He HADN’T stopped Christmas from coming! It CAME!
Somehow or other, it came just the same!”