Small Business Saturday.
It’s hard to remember — did we take off last Thursday for an actual day of Thanks-giving?
I know, I know. A case could be made it’s hypocritical for someone in the newspaper business whose salary is partially paid by advertisers to take them to task for heralding that shopping season is underway. But it does seem we overlook — maybe not actually forget — the true meaning of Thanksgiving and Christmas in our rush to get those shopping days started sooner and sooner.
For example, we were hit with the dire news recently that not only would prime shopping days be fewer since Turkey Day came so late in the month, but the recent government shutdown would knock projected overall retail sales off by 2 percent.
The worst example of shopping fever happened in Long Island, N.Y., when a worker at a large retail store was trampled to death as the doors opened the day after Thanksgiving. Then shoppers became angry when other store employees and emergency personnel tried to establish a safe zone to help the man.
Black Friday, indeed.
As John Stonestreet pointed out last week in a BreakPoint.org commentary on Advent season, sometimes we get to feeling like Charlie Brown when he cried out to Linus in the TV classic, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” “Can’t anyone tell me what Christmas is all about?”
And Linus’ response, reciting the story of the Baby Jesus from the Book of Luke, was classic — and extraordinary — television viewing. A documentary several years ago on the success of “Peanuts” told how Charles Schulz fought Hollywood producers to keep the biblical story in the cartoon special — and won. After all, he was the author of the comic strip and evidently believed the Author of the Bible.
Stonestreet opined that the diverse characters in the Advent story (from the Latin “adventus” for arrival, signaling the Christmas season is nigh) shared a common bond. Mary, Elizabeth, Zacharias, Joseph, the shepherds, the wise men, Anna and Simeon should all have been aware of the Old Testament prophecies of the coming Messiah, and realized God’s promises of old were coming true in their midst — in stunning detail.
If we can get that perspective, Stonestreet continued, that all this was happening as something God had planned and spoke through his prophets about for thousands of years, then we too can get excited. And why not? Just reading the angel Gabriel’s words to Mary — “With God, nothing will be impossible” — broadens our horizons and fills us with hope and excitement for the future.
It’s really up to us, isn’t it? The wonder of Christmas, I mean. Aside from the TV specials — animated or otherwise — plus the decorations, caroling, Christmas dinners and parties, and gifts, surely it would behoove us to read the first two chapters in Luke and Matthew, share the passages with our families and seek out those who have much less than we do. In other words, live out the Christmas story ourselves.
Perhaps I’m a dreamer, but I envision Jesus saying to us all, “Share my love with someone this special season.” As Linus would conclude, “That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”
Library must reach decision soon
Four months ago the board of the Chatsworth-Murray Library announced it would leave the Northwest Georgia Regional Library System by June 30 of this year, the end of the library system’s fiscal year.
Letter: Concert was spectacular
I believe Dalton achieved its most beautiful moment last April 18, on Thornton Avenue. It occurred in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church of Dalton.
An important part of the fight
The lawns of Dalton City Hall and the Murray County Courthouse are filled with pinwheels this week.
Mark Millican: Not just for college students
It was the seemingly unanswerable question of the campus — and especially the faculty — when I first attended Dalton Junior College in the 1973-74 school year: “Is man inherently good, or inherently evil?”
Charles Oliver: Evidence at the last minute or later
In New York, Bronx County Criminal Court Judge John Wilson has banned prosecutor Megan Teesdale from his court.
Misty Watson: Turns out, I’m a millennial
The word millennial always conjures up this image of a guy wearing skinny jeans, Converse high tops, a plaid button-up shirt, thick-rimmed glasses, a hat, facial hair and a messenger bag slung over his shoulder.
Understandable uncertainty from taxpayers
It’s not yet official, but Dalton residents should expect to pay more in school property taxes this year.
Letter Candidate outlines his platform
To the citizens of Dalton and Whitfield County,
My name is Dr. Nicky P. Starling and I am a candidate for Whitfield County Commissioner District 1. I did not attend the Republican forum on April 8 because a pastor friend was killed by a drunk driver and I chose to support his family at a memorial service.
Citizen of the Week: Kacee Smith of the Georgia Rampage
When the Georgia Rampage became Dalton’s first professional indoor football team last year, it would have been easy for the owner and players to focus only on drawing attention to themselves as they tried to build up the team’s following.
Successes continue at Dalton State College
These are exciting times for our local college, Dalton State, both on campus and off.
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