Merry Christmas! (And keep your head.)

Just the other day I was out and about running errands and happen to wish someone a Merry Christmas.

He gruffed under his breath and his body language changed slightly enough to tell me that he was a bit offended that I wished him a Merry Christmas instead of a Happy Holidays.


I said Merry Christmas, not F-you.

All I can say is ‘keep your head.’

Although a happy time of year with good cheer, this is also a time where a lot of people are under a ton of stress (most of it self-inflicted like the guy above who got offended by a friendly salutation).

When people get stressed, they don’t think or behave calmly.

Keep your head and stay out of trouble, which can turn deadly… on purpose or by accident.

… As an example, someone loses her balance after a drunken, anti-Santa Claus argument, trips, falls backward, and splits her head open on the corner of the neighbor’s coffee table.

… Maybe it’s getting into a life-threatening car accident due to road rage.

… Perhaps, it’s getting run over by a crazy shopping mob at the local mall.

Of course, this is a time where thefts, robberies, and muggings take off too.

… For instance, thieves walk onto your property to steal Christmas packages off your porch. A little more desperation and they may just break into your home to take more than a couple of packages.

… Crooks stalking you at the mall to break into your car to steal the gifts you keep in your trunk while you continue to do more shopping. A little more nutso-ness and they may follow you home to see what else you got.

… Or how about a mugger or two beating you silly for the fancy packages you carry, or to strip off your new $100+ sneakers you’re showing off, or rip out your new $500+ electronic gadget you’re playing with?

What’s worse, you never know if the thug, or thugs, are armed or mentally deranged… so keep your head.

I say Merry Christmas to you and yours!

… And a Happy F-you to all the knuckleheads who try to ruin it for everyone else.

Here’s a thought. If you’re looking for last minute gifts for the Wing Chun’er in your life, or just for yourself, here are 21.7 ideas: