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Don't forget the true reason for the season


December 21, 2005 - To the editor:

I think the American people have forgotten the true reason for the season.

The reason I say this is because while shopping at several stores, no store personnel wished me a "Merry Christmas'' or a "Happy New Year.'' Although I had made a large purchase, they only wished me a "Happy Holiday,'' and tried to sell me a holiday tree that was on sale.

When I told them it was not a holiday tree but a Christmas tree, they became angry with me. So I went to the manager and let him know how I felt. He told me his policy was not to offend any one, so he told his personnel to say "Happy Holi-days.''

I told him that he had offended me and many other Americans like myself. In parting, I told him I wouldn't be shopping there any more. In fact, I'm going to get my money back and go to another store that will wish me a "Merry Christmas.''

Then I remembered the reason for the season. It's about a time for peace and happiness and to give gifts to each other and forgive one another.

So needless to say, I did not get a refund for my purchase, but in a loud voice I wished everyone a "Merry Christmas.'' As I was returning to my car, I wished everyone I met a "Merry Christmas,'' and to my surprise they also wished me one.

I feel like I came out the biggest winner of all. For as I was driving home I realized that I also had forgotten the reason for the season. So in closing, I must say be careful while shopping and wading through large crowds that you don't lose the reason for the season. "Merry Christmas'' and a "Happy New Year'' to all.

David Scoby

Imperial

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