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Dec 24

Where celebrating the reason for the season is accepted

Every year I take time away from my work to travel and see family in my hometown of Ottawa, Kansas for Christmas. This year is no exception.

A sign wishing arriving visitors a "Merry Christmas" hangs over Main Street in Ottawa, Kansas

A sign wishing arriving visitors a “Merry Christmas” hangs over Main Street in Ottawa, Kansas

 

It is here where the downtown business district is all aglow with Christmas Lights, the mayor lights the Christmas Tree and we start every December with a Christmas Parade.

When I was going to school here in the 1970’s and 1980’s it was not uncommon to sing Christmas Carols around a Christmas Tree at our school, nor was it uncommon for our school to have a Christmas Play (I actually played Santa Claus in the 4th grade).

Here we find a city that can come together, despite differences, and recognize that even with varied opinions we can celebrate. I enjoy going into the stores and being wished a Merry Christmas, and hearing Christmas music over the loudspeakers.

It is unfortunate that our litigious society has destroyed so many towns by attacking them over the beliefs of the many just to further the cause of the beliefs (or non-beliefs) of a few.

So for now, Merry Christmas!

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Michael Jones

Michael Jones is the founder of On The Spot Communications and On The Spot Blog.

A native of Ottawa, Kansas (approximately 60 miles South-West of Kansas City), he was born in the early 70's and lived most of his early life without traveling far from home.

He has since lived in Lenexa, Kansas (suburb of Kansas City), Houston, Texas, and now resides in Frisco, Texas (north of Dallas, Texas). He has had the experience of traveling to Tokyo, Japan and Tel Aviv, Israel, as well as numerous places around the USA.

A self-professed computer geek, when Michael's not working in his telecommunications job, he enjoys Model Railroading and Paintball.

Michael Jones is the founder of On The Spot Communications and On The Spot Blog.
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