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Sharpening our wits on the grindstone of Life

Saturday, December 24, 2011

First, let me thank my family for the present of this computer, without which this post wouldn't have been possible (or at least probable).

Secondly,I'd like to wish my Christian friends a Merry Christmas. I'd also like to wish my other friends a Happy Channukah, Saturnium, and Ramadan.

On to the Faux outrage o' the day. Apparently the President sent out a Christmas Card that did not include a Christmas Tree. Instead it featured his dog reclining in front of the fireplace.

Of course, this proves that our President is a Secret Muslim.

As Sarah Palin puts it, ""It's odd," Palin said, wondering why the president's Christmas card highlights his dog instead of traditions like "family, faith and freedom."

Just for historical perspective, let's explore what past presidents have issued on this austere occasion.

Greeting cards didn't really come into play until the 19th century, but our first president, George Washington, spelled out in his contract of 1787 with a new gardener the amount of time for Christmas celebrations:

"In Consideration of these things being well and truly performed on the part of the sd. Philip Bater [or Bates], the said George Washington doth agree to allow him…four Dollars at Christmas, with which he may be drunk 4 days and 4 nights; two Dollars at Easter to effect the same purpose; two Dollars also at Whitsontide, to be drunk two days…"

Not exactly "family, faith and freedom", eh, Sarah?

Fast forward to our 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, who commissioned this 1863 depiction of Stuntz Toy Shop located at 1207 New York Avenue in Washington, D.C. as his Christmas greeting for that year:

Nary a reference to "family, faith and freedom." Obviously also a Secret Muslim.

Moving into the more modern era, here is Ronald Reagan's card in 1983:

Or George W. Bush's 2005 Christmas card, also featuring the First Dogs, incidently:

In honor of "family, faith, and freedom", I offer this simple Christmas wish. In the words of our current president's Christmas message:

"From our family to yours, may your holidays shine with the light of the season."