Tonight I gathered together a lot of Christmas cartoons for my last post of the day. In the gathering I made an interesting observation. It is becoming harder and harder to find cartoons that do not involve politics ~ the negative side of politics. What I saw being most mocked in these cartoons were the decent values of the season.With the exception of one or two I left them all behind. Since I had more than one cartoon from each artist, it was easy to see who was happy in their lives, who was not, who put the environment first, who was just quirky. It stood out in their work. Who needs to see the elves, the deer, Santa, begging for this thing or another because of the Recession? Who needs one more cartoon about Mary and Joseph being homeless and unwanted? Who needs one more toddler cutely ... well the list goes on.
As for the Grinch cartoons. Well! I have never paid attention to the Grinch before, it just repulsed me to be honest, but tonight I understood him completely. He epitomizes the spirit of niggling nastiness that attempts to darken or even negate what should be a time of joy and peace. I see him as part of the media stabbing away at the Christian season. Perhaps he should be painted blue and adorned with a star of David?
We reclaim this time as our own. Screw saying the politically correct things. By now you all know my opinion of "political correctness"! Happy Holidays can be reserved for when I am boarding a plane to Hawaii! I think it interesting that Christmas is slammed as a huge commercial fest, and I have been one of the biggest critics in the past. But when I grew up it was not that way. When my kids were at home, it was not that way. That set me to thinking, who stands to gain the most by the way things are going today?
Not a big brainer with the knowledge and insight I have gained over the past year. Who has the most to win from the denigration of Christmas? Who makes billions of bucks from rampant consumerism? To whom do the consumers end in hock come January? I realized that a blue sparkly rope interspersed with stars of David has us all trapped in a vicious net that is of their making and into which we allowed ourselves unknowingly to become trapped. These people do know how to exploit!
So that being said, I figure that is just an extra insight into the season of Christmas, and the last political statement I will make on this page. Oh, wait, isn't saying "Merry Christmas" a political statement these days? Enjoy your cartoons, I hope you smile, feel free to take any you like, and MERRRY CHRISTMAS to you all!
My favourites are up near the top. I especially loved the one on top of the page.
Keeping The Faith
I figured that at age seven it was inevitable for my daughter to begin having doubts about Santa Claus...
Sure enough, one day she said, "Mom, I know something about Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy..."
Taking a deep breath, I asked her, "What is that?"
"They're all nocturnal!" she replied.