Above are some Christmas Trees I saw in Houston a few days ago.
Surely it is so that our feelings about Christmas and about holiday traditions merit more than just tossing these trees out into the dump.
These trees could have been composted.
Ideas and things that have value to us should be treated with respect.
This is true of Christmas Trees and of so many things.
Texas State Rep. Dwayne Bohac Thinks Jesus & Christmas Are So Weak In Texas That Government Regulation Is Needed To Prop Them Up—The Merry Christmas Bill
Texas State Representative Dwayne Bohac thinks that “traditional” observances of Christmas and Hanukkah are so weak and under threat in Texas that government regulation is required to prop them up.
Here is what Rep. Bohac is proposing for the upcoming legislative session—
“Today, State Representative Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston) pre-filed legislation to protect the freedom of Texas Independent School Districts to acknowledge and educate students on the historic and cultural roots of traditional winter celebrations and holidays such as Christmas and Hanukkah.
The “Merry Christmas Bill,” which is expected to receive bipartisan support, affords students, parents and educators the right to celebrate on school property with displays associated with those holidays, including Menorahs, Christmas trees and Nativity scenes. The bill also clarifies the right of school districts and their staff to use traditional winter greetings such as “Merry Christmas,” “Happy Hanukkah” or “Happy Holidays” on school grounds.”
District 138 Representative Bohac represents a portion of Houston in the legislature.
Above you see Mr. Bohac in front of the Christmas Tree that is located in the Texas House chamber in Austin.
Here is speculation about the likely pagan origins of the Christmas Tree tradition from a web site called All About Jesus Christ. I studied this tree for a few minutes on Rep. Bohac’s Facebook page and saw nothing religious on it at all.
I guess Rep. Bohac picks his battles.
Is it really so that teachers and students in Texas can’t say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah” to each other? I have not heard any complaint in the current holiday season that these words are not allowed to be spoken in our public schools. Rep. Bohac’s press release that I link to above offers no specific examples of anybody being prohibited from exchanging these holiday greetings in Texas schools.
Are these traditional observances really so weak even here in conservative Texas that they require government regulation to thrive?
Mr. Bohac suggests government regulation just as the extreme right-wing National Rifle Association last week proposed an armed government presence in all schools.
Does Rep. Bohac believe that government regulation is the answer rather than trying to win the minds and hearts of his fellow Texans with a strongly articulated faith and with quality arguments for his views?
Does Rep. Bohac see his God as so weak that he must intercede on His behalf?
How fortunate it is that we have Rep. Bohac and Texas state government to defend Jesus and Christmas, since it appears from the necessity of the Merry Christmas Bill that the God-fearing people of Texas are not up to the task themselves.
Above you see a Christmas ornament on my Christmas Tree.
The ornament is of the U.S. Capitol with a copy of the Constitution scrolled around the building.
You light up the ornament by placing a Christmas tree light into the back of the ornament.
I placed a green bulb in the Capitol/Constitution because our nation’s political system is run by big money.
It’s always been this way—But since the terrible Citizens United ruling earlier this year by the Supreme Court, the rule of big money is even worse.
The Citzens United decision allows for unlimited secret money to be donated to political campaigns from corporations and the super-rich.
I’m not certain my protest of making the Capitol and the Constitution the color of money will change much.
It is simply what I could do in the context of my Christmas Tree.
However, there are things we can do to combat the role of big money in our politics.
We can donate money ourselves, discuss issues with friends and family, run for office, start a blog, contact our elected officials, volunteer for candidates or causes we support, and do whatever else we feel may be of value.
There are always things we can do. It is up to us to do the work of freedom and democracy.
To the left of the Capitol ornament you see a salmon.
That would be a great movie where the Capitol was attacked by a salmon. I hope somebody makes that movie real soon.
Above is an illustration of cats decorating a Christmas tree.
The artist was a Louis Wain. Mr. Wain lived 1860-1939.
I think that dogs are smarter than cats.
Above is a photo of a Christmas tree over a bar entrance. The photo was taken on Market Street in Philadelphia in 1938 by Paul Vanderbilt.
I found the photo on the Library of Congress American memory web page.
Below the tree you see an advertisement for Guckenheimer Whiskey. Here is information on the Guckenheimer distillery and brand. It is an informative link.