Your Grrrs: Dec. 13, 2005

Your Grrrs compiled by FOX News intern Katherine Podkalicki.

Albert from cyberspace: Why the big fuss about Christian themes? Can't people just enjoy the story for what it is? Was anyone offended by the Buddhist themes in "Star Wars"? The evolutionist themes of "Jurassic Park"? Come on! Everything doesn't have to be a controversy. I'm getting tired of people picking on Christianity. There is nothing at all offensive about Christian values. If someone is offended by Aslan's dying in someone's place, then maybe the problem isn't with the movie.

Kaycie from Oceanside, Calif.: My Grrr! goes to the Pope. He recently commented that he doesn't approve of the consumer-crazy nature that envelops Christmas. No, that's not the Grrr! The Grrr! is that he then states that homes should have the Nativity scene on display. Now I bet there will be a big rush of consumers looking for and purchasing the biggest, best, most spectacular Nativity scenes they can buy! God love him, as do we, but that just doesn't make sense! "Consumerism is bad ... go buy a Nativity!" Christmas may be the ultimate example of consumerism at its worst; I know few people that will argue against that point. But isn't it part of the spirit of the season, to try and outdo yourself for the benefit of those on the receiving end?

Greg from Pasadena, Calif.: If I could have one wish for the next, oh, decade or so, it's that any and all uses of the word "pandemic" be banned completely and permanently from all public discourse no matter what the context. What ... is "epidemic" lacking in the "gee-whiz" over-the-top hyperbole headline appeal? Just what precisely the hell is the difference between an "epidemic" and "pandemic" anyway? The distinction in my dictionary is minimal if any at all — which means this is nothing more than another fad-buzzword copped by pea-brained alarmist publicity-whores who want everybody to think they're cool for their choice of slang lingo. Like "wit" instead of with; "bad" instead of good; "hip" instead of popular, etc., ad nauseam.

Cheryl from Rockford, Ill.: When asked if I have finished my Christmas shopping yet, I laugh and say I haven't even started! My Grrr! started before Halloween when stores started playing Christmas music! Gee, at least last year they waited a week before Thanksgiving. When will it begin next year? Labor Day? By December my nerves and ears are tired of hearing Christmas music, which makes me less apt to start my shopping.

Robin from cyberspace: My Grrr! is the checkout clerk who asks if I want to save 10 percent by opening a credit account with the store. If I wanted your credit card, I’d already have one. And do I really need to save 10 percent on a $50 purchase? I’ve taken to telling the clerk, “I know your manager makes you say that, but you might tell your manager that it’s really annoying.”

Laura from Charlotte, N.C.: My Grrr! goes to Lottery Obliviots who spend 10 minutes at the front of the lottery line to cash in their old tickets, then spend the next five minutes attempting to analyze how many of each "scratch-off" ticket they can afford with there winnings. If they cannot do the arithmetic ahead of time, then what in the world are they going to do if they "hit it big"? All I want to do is say "I would like two Powerball tickets," give the cashier my $2
and then leave the store. Another Grrr! to the cashier who sold me tickets for months and then out of the blue decided to card me to buy a stinkin' Powerball ticket. And a third Grrr! to myself for continuing to go their store instead of one which doesn't sell scratch-off tickets!

Charley from cyberspace: I get into this debate every year with my wife. Her: I want to spend $300 per kid this year. Me: I already spent $40,000 this year keeping them housed, clothed and fed. Isn't that enough? Her: But it's Christmas! Me: Since when is Christmas about buying gifts? Her: You know what I mean.

Denise from Texas: Regarding recent Grrrs on the spread of tipping: I'm a high school teacher. I think I'll put a tip cup on my desk and see what happens. Lord knows, I could use the extra money.

Robert from cyberspace: From the movie "Thirteen" came an example of how to use "canned air." There are many who use it to get high or numb, and I even called the police to ask if I could stop selling this at my work when I knew what the use was going to be and I could smell the chemical smell that is given off when it is used in the wrong ways. It's another way to get high and if a store tries to do something to protect people from themselves, I will heartily join in. C'mon, our children don't know what the damage is until we tell them. Should we wait until they are the "homeless and misunderstood"?

Mike from Newark, N.J.: Why is the general news-reading public subjected to such inane topics from the entertainment media? I'm tired of hearing how much less money the movie industry is making this year. It seems that every time a new film comes out, every writer claims that "this could be the one that saves the day!" Have they considered that people are tired of seeing remakes of stupid TV shows and mindless sequels? Who wants to pay for that? While I feel for the key grip who is trying to raise a family, am I supposed to lose sleep over the multimillionaire executive who is currently planning to shoot a feature length feature based on "My Mother the Car?"

Tony from Morris, Ill.: I'm surprised so many people just don't get it. Christians like me aren't offended when someone chooses to wish me "Happy Holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas". We get offended when people are told they CANNOT wish someone a Merry Christmas.
You are misrepresenting the issue, and I don't know to what end. We're annoyed that the majority is offended at every turn, lest we offend the minority. We're tired of all the understanding we're supposed to have for other religions while contempt and ridicule is shown for ours.
Your misrepresentation of the holiday/Christmas debate does nothing to further understanding. It's just another dishonest attempt to portray Christians as hot-headed and intolerant.

Robert from Manassas, Va.: Merry Christmas! I can't believe this ridiculous issue comes up year after year. Has it totally escaped these obliviots that this country was founded on the freedoms of speech, expression and religion? People have the right to believe and say whatever they want, without having to worry about some self-centered imporTant thinking everything revolves around them and their beliefs.

Ricky from cyberspace: Grrr! There are few instances in modern life that make me want to strangle somebody as much as when I'm fast asleep — at whatever hour — and some militant Oblivion drives into the neighborhood and lays on his horn to coax some pal outside. Here's a clue, you obnoxious moron: First, if you're too damned lazy to drag your lethargic arse out of that car, walk up and knock on a door — or just dial your moronic pal's number on the cell phone and rouse him — then it's likely you're too damned lethargic to do anything exciting with your evening anyway. Just stay home. Second, it is technically a violation of traffic law to sound your horn for any reason other than a traffic emergency, and I'm fairly certain your fat-arsed laziness does not qualify. What kind of obnoxious, inconsiderate pig shatters an entire residential neighborhood's peace and calm because it's too much trouble to use an inoffensive method of letting your friend/date/whatever know you've arrived? Next time I'll be camped out on the street corner with a notepad and maybe a camera to take down your license plate and report your obnoxious arse to the authorities, you worthless gutter slug.

Andrew from cyberspace: Personally, I'm not offended either way. But why is it politically INCORRECT to say "Merry Christmas" during Christmas? Isn't that what it is? And, the "guy fostering the debate" is presenting a small issue as part of a bigger picture. Grrrr to those who don't understand that.

Susan from cyberspace: I think the reason we Christians get our panties in a bunch is because Christmas, though about family like you said, is first and foremost about the birth of Jesus. We are supposed to be buying these gifts as a reminder that it is Jesus’ birthday we are celebrating, and by treating each other with love, we treat Jesus with love (that whole what you do unto others you do unto me thing). So here’s the thing, if Jesus (and his birth) is the Reason for the Season, and we Christians are doing the bulk of the buying, then why the heck can’t the stores say "Merry Christmas?" I think it is stupid for others to get their panties in a bunch over "Merry Christmas." I spend a lot of money at Christmas and I think I can be a little offended if you want to take my reason for buying stuff away from me. And think, if you want to stop offending anybody, then you can’t even say "Happy Holidays," because you will upset the Jehovah’s Witnesses who are not allowed to celebrate holidays. That said, "Merry Christmas," "Happy Holidays," "Happy non-Holiday," "Happy Kwanzaa," "Happy Hanukah," and everybody go have a drink (wait, I guess that would offend the non-drinkers).

Laura from Colorado: Grrr! Employees should be treated better. A sign should be posted in windows saying that tipping is not allowed. I bet business will increase dramatically. I also agree wholeheartedly with Mark who spent time in Japan. Kindness and good manners should be the rule — not something you have to pay extra for.

Ken from cyberspace: No one should “get over” an obvious attempt to hijack and de-Christianize a uniquely Christian holiday that has traditionally been a part of this country’s social fabric. Can you imagine the outcry if there was an attempt to sanitize Hanukah or Ramadan? The reality is, there is an unrelenting effort to position Christianity as less politically correct than other religions.

Jon from Wichita Falls, Texas: Grrr! I do say Merry Christmas, not Happy Holidays. The way I see it, Christ, hence "Christmas," was a gift. Given freely. I just give away the Merry Christmas wishes freely, as well.
Now, there are three things you can do with a gift.
1. You can keep it (smile, cherish it, etc).
2. You can "re-gift" it (like you did with Aunt Helen's fruitcake) and give it away to someone else.
3. You can throw it away (like that hideous yellow tie I got one year). No harm done in any way. Wishing my Jewish, atheist or Muslim friend "Merry Christmas" is about as harmful as saying "God bless you" when that same friend sneezes, and I don't see any uproar in the allergy channels over that, so what's the big whoop?

Will from cyberspace: Using the word "Holiday" to refer to the Christmas season is not that new. The song "Happy Holidays" from the film "Holiday Inn" (1942) and "There's No Place Like Home for the Holidays" (1954) have been popular for decades and no one seems upset with them. As a devout Christian, I am not concerned how Christmas is treated in the secular marketplace, since Wal-Mart or Target, etc. are not the source of my faith.

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