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i December 14, 2005 Mukilteo Beacon - 9 I] e }, t. r Y S L- t t t l L iiii ii Bing Crosby and the Grinch every year to get reacquainted. And don't get me started on ii iiii ! GARS, FROM PAGE 5 Christmas cookies. !~i~:~ This is conspiracy theorizing that makes And I love saying "Merry Christmas" to the Kennedy assassination look cut and dried, people and hearing it come back at me, I hear it all the time, too, this time of year, right here We are to believe that in the upper echelons in the Pacific Northwest, reportedly the most of the Target corporate world, a plan has been hatched to secretly (or not so) secular- unchurched area in the country. I know there are legitimate gripes, Christ- ize America because why? Because they're mas has been a national holiday since 1870; I atheistic God-haters who despise religion and seek to wipe all traces from the continent? would think our schools could allow the word on a bulletin board without becoming sus- Or maybe they just want to sell stuff. May- pected of harboring plans for a state religion. be they suspect their customers include Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Taoists, and even the And ff my daughter can sing Handel's "Mes- occasional Druid, and maybe they thought siah" on a public school stage, Christmas car- ols seem OK for third-graders. generalizing their season greetings would It's just that, in my opinion, Christmas isn't keep somebody from feeling left out or even offended. Maybe the President of all the people felt the same way. And maybe, just maybe, there are those who see the world as "us versus them," and the "them" are familiar foes. Secularists. Un- believers. And (wait for it) liberals. Possibly gays and trial lawyers, too; I stopped listening awhile ago, but nothing surprises me. Par- ticularly not attempts these days to divide us into white and black hats. 110ve Christmas. I love the social side and the spiritual side, the lights and the trees and the gifts, and the moment to reflect on the birth of a baby who changed the world. I love Christmas carols and Christmas Eve servic- es. I love digging out Scrooge, George Barley, a time for kvetching, for playing victim to imaginary evil forces out to disappoint all the Whos down in Whoville. Regardless of'your faith, or lack of it. Christmas should be about remembering the other guy, for daring to dream of peace on earth and goodwill to all. About putting spare change in the Salvation Army box and picking up an extra sack of groceries for the food bank. About trying to be better, in other words, even ff it's only once a year. And ff you're still upset, ff you still think there's a plot to do away with Christmas, ff you wait in vain to hear "Merry Christmas" from an overworked clerk, just remember that "holidays" is a contraction of "Holy days." The president might be smarter than you think. the worst roads need to be We also post the informa- avoided, whether we should tion on our own Website wait a couple of hours to let (www.mukilteo.wednet. the roads improve, or if the edu), andleave recorded mes- roads are so bad that school sages on our school emer- should be canceled, gency information lines. Once the decision is made, Sometimes Mother Na- we try to get the word out as ture throws us a curve, how- quickly as possible. We post ever. In one instance- a few the information on a Web- years ago, the roads were site called schoolreport.org, fine when the buses left for which serves as a clearing- their high school runs, but .hg sLfo sq pl c}p}l r .bad after were already on their way to school, it made communi- cation extremely challeng- ing. Then, there have been all those times when the weather forecasters predict- ed snowfall, but we instead woke up to bare streets. My decision to delay, can- cel or keep school on sched- ule is never made lightly. I have to keep in mind that I'm responsible for the safety of about 14,000 of somebody else's children, and I take that charge seriously. Does everybody agree? Never But, that's OK; it's my job. the Puget Sound area and islater, causing us to change the source of the informa- the schedule at the last min- tion used by the local radio ute. and television stations. Since many students Free Shopping at ShopMukilteo.com! Find Mukilteo area businesses FAST. Log onto www.ShopMukilteo.com Your Internet business listing resource. A Product of Mukilteo Beacon (425) 788-7508 for More Information The Pointe Restaurant & Lounge at Harbour Pointe Golf Club BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! OUR 12 FOR 12 SPECIAL -- 12oz $12.00 -- Every Wednesday thru Sunday for a in and it "You're really missing out.*.*" Mondays at the Pointe are 2 for 1 dinners. Starting at 5:00p.m. In house dining only We serve Breakfast from 7:00a.m. to 1 l:00a.m. and have an All-day breakfast you can get any time. Come see our beautiful Christmas ambience Lunch is 11-00a.m. to 5:00p.m. every day Dinner is 5:00p.m. to 8:30p.m. every day The Pointe Restaurant & Lounge 11817 Harbour Pointe Blvd. 42S-3SS-6060 il