Country Living Series

Friday, December 23, 2011

Small town U.S.A.

Yesterday I took our girls into the nearby county seat for their weekly volunteer work at the animal shelter. While they were occupied, I ran around doing some errands: feed store, hardware store, grocery store, etc.

I noticed a few things. A bank's electronic sign wished everyone a "Merry Christmas." An auto garage's scrolling electronic signed reminded us that "Jesus is the reason for the season." Colorful lights festooned buildings and trees. The Ten Commandments, carved into marble tablets, still adorned the courthouse lawn. A gigantic lit-up cross (admittedly only visible at night) stood as usual on a hilltop outside of town and beams down all year long.

And people know each other here. Oh my goodness, wherever I went people greeted friends and stopped to exchange a few pleasantries before moving on. Clerks greeted customers by name. It's always like this.

This, folks, is Small Town U.S.A. This is Real America.

Meanwhile I saw an article on WorldNetDaily this morning about the assault on Christmas expressions across the nation. It's worth noting that these problems always seem to take place in large cities.

I wish, oh how I wish, the people who long to eradicate any expressions of joy during this time of year could see the joy that emanates in small towns where people know each other and no one is afraid to say "Merry Christmas." What have we given up (or perhaps I should say, what "they" are trying to force us to give up) by denying the ability to celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah unimpeded by a bunch of nay-sayers? Hmmmm.

The article quotes Andrew Walther, vice president of communications for Knights of Columbus, who wisely noted, "I think people mistake tolerance for muzzling."

People in large cities where these "tolerance" battles are taking place are having a much bleaker Christmas and Hanukkah than before. Lights, nativities, signs, displays, music, menorahs... everything has been banned in the name of "tolerance." I'm beginning to hate that word because it's so intolerant.

No one has thought to muzzle small-town America yet, so I thank God we live here.


  1. Amen to that, and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  2. Merry Christmas to you and yours...and may God bless you all.

  3. I used to live in a small town very similar to what you describe, and allowed myself to get talked into moving into a larger city to be closer to the job(big mistake on my part-one I'm in the process of correcting). There is no advantage whatsoever in living in a large urban area...something I've found out the hard way. If you are thinking about moving to a large urban area-don't. You'll be sorry if you do.

  4. I completely agree with you. I don't get offended when people want to celebrate their traditions with their own religious decorations, so please don't be offended with my religious decorations. :) Merry Christmas!

  5. I walked into our local postal office to send off a package and to also hand the teller a gift. She quickly removed it from the counter and said whispering, "I thank you, but we are not supposed to acknowledge "that" around here."

    I frowned, and said loudly as I was leaving, "A Blessed Christmas to all, and Happy Channukah!"

    She winked at me.

    Several others waiting in line smiled and replied in return.


  6. Granola ConservativeDecember 23, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Merry Christmas and God Bless Us, Every One!

  7. Dear Patrice,
    You say: "No one has thought to muzzle small-town America... yet." And we say: just give them time. It WILL happen, eventually. Oh, and in the small towns like yours (and ours), it will no doubt happen slowwwly. You know, like that frog in the pot of warm water. Gradually turn up the heat and he'll never know what hit him... until it's too late!

    We're wondering, what will you and Don and all those nice people in your small town do when the ACLU and other liberal-progressives and liberal-progressive organizations invade your turf and begin telling you what you can and can't do? We're wondering, because that's what's happening all over the country. We know what WE will do. Just wondering about you folks.

    Do Americans have any reliable recourse? Are there any decent and honest lawyers who will fight for our rights? Because it isn't looking very good. --Fred & Deb in AZ

  8. Phyllis (N/W Jersey)December 23, 2011 at 2:58 PM

    That's why I love where I live! The "'local" deli/grocery store is a ten mile round trip, but everyone whished me a Merry Christmas today! Our bank in town is all decorated with a huge Christmas tree in the lobby. The tellers wish everyone a Merry Christmas - not Happy Holiday.
    They even have ... OMG! a creche set up on a table for everyone to enjoy. I truly feel sorry for city people. They have no idea what they are missing. Good people and a good community are the backbone of America. May you and your family, friends and animals have a very "Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year!" God bless everyone!

  9. amen sister. i have been saying for years that the definition of zero-tolerance is total intolerance...i live miles from a very tiny town and even more miles from an average size town and even further miles from a city and i am many hours from a metropolis. these days i dont even get to town very often but i sure would not change a thing. most folks are friendly and helpful and most even seem happy in our small town. i would not trade it for anything. call me a hick, hillbilly, trailortrash, or even a redneck...dont matter. i know that what i have and where i live is good and i feel like God approves too.

  10. Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  11. I went to our small town grocery store today. I sat in the parking lot for a while looking at all the cars and wondered if I really wanted to go in. I knew it was going to be a madhouse.

    Then I thought, I'll probably run into some people I haven't seen for a while....maybe run into a able drop some money into the red kettle...wish somebody a Merry Christmas.

    I went in. It WAS a madhouse. I didn't care. I said Merry Christmas to everyone I met.

    Just Me

  12. Even my liberal small town has a city Christmas tree and decorations hanging from the street lights on Main Street. It must drive the local ACLU chapter nuts, which is another reason to celebrate. LOL

    Merry Christmas to the Lewis family and to the readers of this blog.

    Anonymous Patriot

  13. I wish you hadn't mentioned the Ten Commandments on the courthouse lawn. Now some ACLU rat will hear of it and come a callin'.

    Steve Davis
    Anchorage, Alaska

  14. We live in San Jose, CA. In my dental office the front office girl and I both ALWAYS say "Merry Christmas". Ooops, not PC to say "girl" either! She's younger than me so it's ok ;) My husband and I make a point of telling store owners we buy in their store because it says Merry Christmas. We are fighting the fight!

  15. I live in a rural area and Christmas is alive and well here. The city puts up Christmas decorations across Main Street and at the welcome sign at the edge of town. The merchants decorate their stores. Many have beautiful window displays. Our grocery store has had a free Christmas cupcake decorating stand this week for kids when they are shopping with their parents and they held a Christmas Caroling event in front of their store today. Great place to live.

  16. I live in suburbia where its really hard to tell where the city really stands. There are some places that have actual Christmas decorations up (like a Taco Bueno I took a lunch break in the other day where they had a little lit tree, banners in the window saying "Happy Holidays" and "Season's Greetings," and above their artificial fire place between two stockings a red and green colored wooden sign that actually said "Christmas") and other places, like the big chain sports store I work in, where its much harder to tell if its Christmas until you start talking to people. I've lost count on how many customers look me in the eye determinedly (even when I was a little to busy with something to look back at them) and say "You have a Merry Christmas" at the register. Its a wonderful feeling to know that there are many people, despite everything being so hectic right now, who are willing to take a couple seconds out of their day and say those words directly at me!


  17. Merry Christmas to all, including the wonderful folks that comment on your blog. We are in Miami with our oldest son and grand daughter and are off to a Nochebuena party in a few minutes. Traditional Cuban Christmas eve with roast pork, rice and black beans. We have learned to love the Cuban Christmas traditions. The older Cubans are VERY conservative. Many of my professors at UM were from U. Havana and escaped communism. I learned a lot more than electrical engineering from them.

    I do not love the weight gain! :(