Remembrance Day – 11-11-2012

I realize that this is a very touchy subject for a lot of people, so I know I risk offending people by posting but I will anyway.

I don’t get the whole Christmas bit before Remembrance Day. And before you snap and say, “Doesn’t she get the meaning of Christmas?” Yes. I do. I understand the true meaning behind Christmas. The one where people come together to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. And if you don’t believe in him but celebrate any way that’s okay; I believe it’s a personal decision. But I do find it really annoying that retailers push up their displays and push for sales earlier and earlier each year. I don’t know if it’s just me, but this year I feel like it’s the case more than ever. Retailers seem to be so focused on getting Christmas started that they forget we have another date to celebrate beforehand: Remembrance Day. I’m not trying to be all “Bah! Humbug!” about it, but I think we owe it to the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for our freedoms, to respect this day reserved for them. And besides, there’s loads of time after November 11 to buy presents and support retailers.

Below is a post I found written in 2007, while reading other blogs about the topic. I thought it hit the nail on the head.

Before Christmas There’s Remembrance Day

So don’t start putting on Christmas decorations right after Halloween.

I walked into a Shoppers Drug Mart tonight and found it festooned with Christmas decorations. I felt all the golds and reds and greens diminished the blood red of my poppy.

I said to the teller, “I realize it is a corporate decision, but I think you should hold off on Christmas until after Remembrance Day.” She expressed equal dismay at the display. I went home, found the shoppers website and sent them the email below.

It is 6 days before Remembrance Day. I will spend those days teaching my students the meaning of sacrifice, honour and grace.

You will be making a buck.

WW1 66000 dead for you,

WW2 45000 dead for you,

Korea 516 dead for you,

Peacekeeping 119 dead for you,

Afghanistan 71 158 dead for you.

Could you not grant us the dignity of holding off on your Christmas Decorations until Nov. 12?

Those 71 158 men will not be shopping this year.

I don’t want to punish them. I’m just disappointed. I’ve never taken such action before, but I’m sharing this with everyone on my list. Perhaps it could become a movement.