Christmas Road Rage

True signs of the season...

During this time every year we expect to hear, “Tis the season to be jolly…”, but more often than not we hear, “Get outa my parking space, you saw I was here first…” .  Where we should be hearing, “God rest ye merry gentlemen ”, we are more likely to hear “Bah, humbug… , instead.  Why?  This is supposed to be the happiest time of the year, Christmas plays convey messages of Peace, good will toward men, and as we leave the school or church where our children portrayed an angel or wise man they observe moms and dads shouting out obscenities toward other drivers who happen to pull in front of them on their way out of the parking lot.

"Can't you see I'm in a hurry?"
"Can't you see I'm in a hurry?"

the word he used was ‘chivalry'

What is wrong with adults today?  In this part of the country we used to pride ourselves on our courtesy shown toward others.  We still have some one lane underpasses that the railroad built in 1907.  We used to pull up and see if the way was clear before proceeding.  This was the southern gentlemanly way to drive, I remember hearing my dad say, “There may be a lady wanting to come through—, a gentleman always allows a lady to pass first.“  I believe the word he used was ‘chivalry’.  I don’t know if it’s still in the dictionary or not, if so men don’t seem to use it anymore.  My brother-in-law said it went out with ‘women’s liberation’ and I guess maybe it did.  I recently heard this woman (a lady wouldn’t use that kind of language my dad would say) cussing this poor elderly gentleman out for not allowing her to pull in front of him.   She used words that I had never heard before.

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'tis the season to be jolly
'tis the season to be jolly

don't let the Grinch steal Christmas

It’s as if people become another individual when they slip under the steering wheel of their automobile and not just during the holidays.  Instead of a ‘jolly old elf’ one might expect during this season, some may be more accurately described as finding someone more like a ‘Grinch’ or maybe even a ‘Scrooge’.  Some have said it’s because of the awesome power at the disposal of the one behind the wheel.  Or the slower speeds, more traffic or the more frequent stop and go nature of holiday driving.  We tend to forget that it is more blessed to give than receive by allowing others to pull in front of us and maybe just bite our lip and offer a smile in place of that frown that we would rather show.  What about that alternate route to WalMart we found last fall, so we finally take it just to discover someone else had the same idea and we find ourselves in another line.

be gracious - its Christmas.

Men and women, moms and dads and the children are definitely watching and listening.  Their best teaching elements being the adults around them; they learn by example, what they see and hear.  So what are we teaching our kids?  That we always get our way; you never let anyone merge in front of us as we drive and if someone tries, you are expected to give them a tongue lashing rather than a forgiving spirit and give in just this once? As we drive to the mall are we finding it harder to “have yourself a merry little Christmas”, or as we sit in traffic behind a little old lady that chooses to let everyone from the next county pull out in front of her— be gracious - its Christmas.

© SamSonS

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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I think driving courtesy should be part of driver's training. I've always thought we would have fewer accidents if people had a better attitude. Rules are necessary but sometimes it facilitates traffic if one person forgoes their right of way to another person.Common sense should sometimes be used instead of the rule.

Often I find people who roar by me on the highway somehow end up stopped right ahead of me at the next intersection. What did they gain?


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Kristeen 5 years ago from Michigan

I agree with dahoglund. We could all stand to be a little more courteous when driving. If we would remember the true meaning of Christmas - that being the birth of the Christ Child, God's gift to us, we would have a more loving and cheerful heart toward others. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas to you Samsons1!


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Pollyannalana 5 years ago from US

I have never experience road rage and glad not. Merry Christmas!

Polly


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Tammy L 5 years ago from Jacksonville, Texas

"Gracious driving" isn't the term. It's more like "cautious driving". Most people will run you over to be the first one at Best Buy to get the last big screen TV on sale. You won't ever see me camped out after the games on Thanksgiving to be the first one through the door at Target. I usually let someone go to the checkout in front of me if they have a few items whereas I have a large order. You won't see that at Christmas either.


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

*Thanks dahoglund I know just what you mean. Thanks for the quick response and comments.

*and thank you Kristeen for you comments and a late Merry Christmas to you.

*Polly, do you drive? You've never experienced road rage, I hope you never do.

blessings...


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

*thanks Susan for your comments, yes, it is truely shameful that we have to experience another's childishness.

*and thank you Tammy L for your truthful observations. I'm like you, I won't fight the crowds.

blessings to you both...


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Kristeen 5 years ago from Michigan

Polly, I was surprised to hear you say you have never experience road rage also. It's everywhere!


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

samsons1 voted up and funny. You just described the very reason I do not do Christmas shopping. I avoid malls of any kind with a passion around this time of year.


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

*thanks Kristeen for your additional comment, but I was responding to Polly's remark that she has never experienced the rage; I just stated that if she hasn't, I hope she never does...

*and thank you Bro Dave for your comments, I too like to have all my shopping over well before the rush...


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

This is lovely, and so true. We're so busy getting giving and shopping for giving that we forget to be nice! I felt guilty about this during the holidays because I was getting tense about not having enough money, and was reminded of how Christmas was supposed to be about remembering the birth of Jesus, not showing off how much you can spend. Great hub!


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you prairieprincess for your kindness and kind remarks...


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma

Unfortunately,I know what you mean. We are much too familiar with the road raged, rude, potty mouths that dominate the roads these days and the while the children are the most innocent ones that will suffer the and have scars left on their memories forever, I think most of us disagree with these bullies and are insulted by this bad behavior.


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

thank you Becky for your visit and for sharing your remarks. I agree...


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Apostle Jack 5 years ago from Atlanta Ga

You cannot serve both God ...and Santa Claus too.There is only room for one.A lie or the truth.


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samsons1 5 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks Jack for your comments...


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Angie Jardine 5 years ago from Cornwall, land of the eternally youthful mind ...

I enjoyed this piece, Sam ... we have road rage here in the UK too, but it is the exception rather than the norm ... we are the kings of the queue over here ... lol.


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DDE 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

If one is unable to control their temper they become aggressive causing many issues


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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee Author

thanks so much for commenting on this hub. I agree, people shouldn't take out their frustrations on others...

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