This is just one of those stories that strikes me as something that is wrong with where our country is heading, and the priorities we place on family and traditions.
On Tuesday it was announced that the Green Bay Packers will be the first team in NFL history to play on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
I am not sure what type of upbringing the folks who made the decision to play a major football game on Christmas might have had, but it surely was not the type I had. And I strongly suspect not the type of background that many of my readers experienced.
Christmas is a time of family, friends, home, church, and a dinner around the table with those you care about.
It should not be a time when we force janitors, TV technicians, food sellers, and ticket booth staff, highway patrolmen, and countless others to forgo their family time so major league football can squeeze in a game.
I have long thought that it was sad when we shafted Thanksgiving with open stores for the start of Christmas shopping. Too few even blink over the reason we have a national day of thanks anymore. If that does not strike you as sad then please stop reading now, as you will not understand what I am saying anyway.
With the news yesterday the NFL cheapened Christmas and undermined an international day of religion so the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bears can play football!
Guzzling beer and hurling curses at opposing teams might be the way some act almost every other football weekend, but is this truly something anyone should want to promote on Christmas Day?! How many bars across the state will be open on Christmas night, and how many drunk drivers will venture out to drive home? Is this really how we want to spend our Christmas?
I have long ago come to the conclusion I am old-fashioned. Others might call me a curmudgeon. I am clearly the former, but no one can honestly claim the latter.
But I stand by my claim that the lowering of values and standards is moving our country and society in a direction that is not making us better, but making us more prone to fall for anything that marketers want to throw at us.
Lots of money will be made from corporate greed as they will sell this game and promote it for all they can make. We are mere pawns to them, and we are allowing these fat-cats to steal a major holiday for their purpose. Whatever is made on this game for profit will be nothing compared to what we lose as nation when it comes to the undermining of the values that Christmas should promote and mean to all of us.
Doubtless many will cheer the news that a football game is going to be played on Christmas night. To those folks I have a question.
I only wonder what is so sad about their home life that a football game would be a better alternative than what surrounds them at the table or the living room?