Merry Christmas

Pure magic…the greeting of faith and fantasy evokes kind responses from friends and strangers alike as it smoothes the edges off the daily grind in the final month of the year.

Yet even in this magical season, there are those in the world seeking to take the manger from the town square, put the ‘X’ over Christ, remove mottos from coinage, call religious beliefs “hate speech,” and like Seuss’s Grinch Who Stole Christmas, pilfer the simple joy proclaiming a child’s birth which has given hope to millions for 2,000 years.

E pluribus unum: “Out of many one” the Latin suggests; the national motto found on the seal of the United States. The same motto is provided on the coins of the United States along with, “In God we trust.”

Our American heritage includes people from all ethnicities, nationalities and faiths, melding into “one.” Brave young men and women have been dying for two centuries to protect the unique dream of E pluribus unum and the freedom to believe as their conscience dictated, not the least of these including faith in God.

Founders’ faith: It is absurd to offer credence to baseless claims the voices from the liberal world offer about the American founders not acknowledging God in their personal lives and in the development of the original founding documents. At the time of the founding, the Judeo-Christian work ethic and moral code was religiously studied in schools and universities, and applied to law, while the Christian Bible was the most universally owned and sold book.

Whether religious or not, all Americans who have spent US currency have passed the tender with the testimonial inscribed, “In God We Trust.” Was this inscribed accidental or intentionally?

Values & the five and dime: I can still recall our parents giving us $2.00 each that Christmas in 1960 and taking us to Franklin’s “Five and Dime” department store so we could purchase gifts for everyone in the family. Perhaps it was then I first learned the value of a coin.

I now enjoy collecting coins dated before 1970. That was the year where a boy transitioned to man, and the penny, nickel, and dime still had value enough to purchase a stick of gum, a candy bar or a phone call.

I took one of my special coins, a 1966 nickel, to a Sunday school class of 13-year-olds a few months back. I was thirteen in 1966, and I wanted to make a point to the youth who will become faced with earning and the use of money. I shared the Franklin “five & dime” Christmas story and the joys that giving brought my little six-year-old heart.

I finished with, “…the coin’s message is the value.” I explained, “What the coin bought then and what it might purchase now are completely different, but values always remain.”

I then gave each a nickel, minted in 2010, and said, “Maybe forty years from now one of you will share with other boys and girls the message and values inscribed on this nickel.”

The DC nickel and dime dance: Current news bureaus announce the indignation of the politically self-righteous who, from their pulpits in Washington, piously preach about the proper use of citizen-generated tax revenue. Coincidently, this is not without playing upon sympathies in connection to this season of giving and hope.