Lance Scranton: Spreading cheer |

Lance Scranton: Spreading cheer

Lance Scranton

I’ve always wondered why the holiday season has become such a controversial topic among some adults. I suppose that in some of our “more informed” and “progressive” moods, one might like to throw off the traditional cultural identifiers lest we offend, intimidate or bully someone by our seasonal propensity for joy and good will.

It’s impossible to notice any kind of controversy here at the high school or in our community. All around are adults and students trying their best to make sure that everyone will have something to look forward to on the morning of the 25th (often referred to as Christmas Day).

Many of the staff and teachers at our schools exchange gifts throughout the week culminating in a Friday morning get-together (of some sort) to reveal our “Secret Santa” (often portrayed as a jolly, old, generous guy who likes to dress up and appears to have a propensity for eating too much).

Students have spent the last two weeks making certain that children and families in our community are taken care of in the form of various food drives or adopt-a-family efforts that speak boldly of the spirit of the season.

When I see and experience the student body of our school scurrying about joyfully giving and receiving gifts and presents, I am somewhat taken-aback that we adults would spend so much time worrying so much about the first six letters of Christmas or who Santa Claus really was and where the tradition of giving originated.

The controversy will continue but so will the children who care little and simply look forward to a time of year when it’s okay to give joyfully, receive humbly and carry on a tradition of good will and peace toward everyone; at least for a couple of weeks.

Merry Christmas!

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