Merry Christmas! (And keep your head.)
Just the other day I was out and about running errands and happen to wish someone a Merry Christmas.
He gruffed under his breath and his body language changed slightly enough to tell me that he was a bit offended that I wished him a Merry Christmas instead of a Happy Holidays.
I said Merry Christmas, not F-you.
All I can say is 'keep your head.'
Although a happy time of year with good cheer, this is also a time where a lot of people are under a ton of stress (most of it self-inflicted like the guy above who got offended by a friendly salutation).
When people get stressed, they don't think or behave calmly.
Keep your head and stay out of trouble, which can turn deadly... on purpose or by accident.
... As an example, someone loses her balance after a drunken, anti-Santa Claus argument, trips, falls backward, and splits her head open on the corner of the neighbor's coffee table.
... Maybe it's getting into a life-threatening car accident due to road rage.
... Perhaps, it's getting run over by a crazy shopping mob at the local mall.
Of course, this is a time where thefts, robberies, and muggings take off too.
... For instance, thieves walk onto your property to steal Christmas packages off your porch. A little more desperation and they may just break into your home to take more than a couple of packages.
... Crooks stalking you at the mall to break into your car to steal the gifts you keep in your trunk while you continue to do more shopping. A little more nutso-ness and they may follow you home to see what else you got.
... Or how about a mugger or two beating you silly for the fancy packages you carry, or to strip off your new $100+ sneakers you're showing off, or rip out your new $500+ electronic gadget you're playing with?
What's worse, you never know if the thug, or thugs, are armed or mentally deranged... so keep your head.
I say Merry Christmas to you and yours!
... And a Happy F-you to all the knuckleheads who try to ruin it for everyone else.
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