Oh, not really. I have my own mind, so I was never really pulled to the left, right, or straight ahead by my parents. They pretty much let me find my own path.
(Shhhhh) The mixed marriage secret of my past is ...
|My mother was a longtime Democrat.|
And my father ...
|registered as a Republican because he liked cowboys.|
True story. He didn't bother voting until Ronald Reagan (the Cowboy!) ran for president.
So, as the product of a mixed political heritage, I'd like to poke a bit of fun at BOTH sides. Ready? Let's stick our tongues firmly in cheeks and take a light-hearted look at how each side celebrates Christmas, shall we?
- Republicans say, "Merry Christmas!" Democrats say, "Happy Holidays!"
- Republicans help the poor by sending $50 to the Salvation Army. Democrats help by giving $50, one buck at a time, to panhandlers on the street.
- Democrats get back at Republicans on their Christmas lists by giving them funky fruitcakes, which Republicans re-wrap and give to their in-laws.
- Democrats let their kids open all their gifts on Christmas Eve. Republicans make them wait until Christmas morning.
- When toasting the holidays, Republicans ask for eggnog or mulled wine. Democrats ask for a beer.
- In addition to shopping in stores, Republicans shop from a catalog. Democrats watch for "incredible buys" on late night television.
- Democrats do much of their shopping at Target and Walmart. So do Republicans, but they don't admit it.
- Republican parents have no problem buying toy guns for their kids. Democrats refuse to do so. That's why their kids pretend to shoot each other with dolls.
- Democrats spend hundreds of dollars and hours of work decorating the yard with outdoor lights and Christmas displays. Republicans drive around at night to look at other people's displays.
- Democrats' favorite Christmas movie is Miracle on 34th Street. Republicans' favorite is Die Hard.
- Democrats always take the price tag off expensive gifts before wrapping. Republicans also remove price tags from pricey gifts --- and re-position them to make sure they're seen.
- During this festive time of year, Democrats wear wide red ties and green sports jackets. Republicans wear them all year long.
- Most Republicans try enclosing indulgent, maudlin form letters about their perfect, over-achieving families in their Christmas cards. However, public ridicule from Democrats usually discourages them from doing it again.
- Democrats' favorite Christmas carol is Deck the Halls. Republicans' favorite carol is White Christmas.
- Republicans see nothing wrong with letting their kids play cowboys and Indians. The Democrats don't either, as long as the Indians win once in a while.
- Republicans first began thinking like Republicans when they stopped believing in Santa Claus. Democrats became Democrats because they never stopped believing in Santa Claus.
- Democrat men like to watch football while the women fix holiday meals. On this, Republicans are in full agreement.
Whichever side of the political teeter-totter suits you best, always keep your sense of humor, and your wits about you. In today's world, we all need both.
As for those uber-partisan politicians huddling on the extreme edges of that see-saw?
|I wish they'd move a little closer, and learn to get along.|
Until next time, take care of yourselves. And each other.