Friday, December 2, 2005

Christmas Everywhere

Last night Bob and the Old Professor and I went to a local up-scale shopping mall in Miami to see the latest Harry Potter movie (not bad, but could have been shorter). We arrived a little early so we strolled through the mall doing some window shopping. Every store was decked out with Christmas decorations, and I don’t mean generic “holiday” greetings. The P.A. system was blasting Christmas carols, and not just “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow.” I heard at least one carol about harking to herald angels, and Jose Feliciano chimed in to wish me a “Feliz Navidad.”

Miami is a multi-cultural city if there ever was one, and not an overly “Christian” one, either; you have a pretty good mix of all faiths here, including some of your more interesting traditions from the Caribbean. But that didn’t seem to put a wrinkle on places like Williams-Sonoma or Abercrombie & Fitch or the rest of the shops to go the Christmas route. It makes you think that all this right-wing stink about “The War on Christmas” is yet another wedge issue that demonstrates they can’t talk about things that really matter, and Jerry Falwell will do anything to shake down his gullible and paranoid flock. Ah, the holiday traditions continue.