History is the autobiography of a mad man – Alexander Herzen
Today is Thanksgiving which means IMHO it is now acceptable to listen to Christmas music and the Christmas season has officially began…even though I saw Christmas decorations SINCE AUGUST! But I’ll save that rant for later. So after the stuffing is finished and 2nds and 3rds have been had of Turkey and all the football is watched, we’re going to go to sleep and some of us will pack the stores tomorrow for black Friday and get some crazy deals on products and we’ll kick off the holiday!
The Christmas season brings all sorts of things, for better or worse. Good cheer, consumerism, snow, presents, increased church attendance and my personal favorite: The War On Christmas!!
The War on Christmas is my favorite part of the holiday season because it’s easily the most absurd notions in America (and this is a country that invented twerking, Scientology, and pet rocks.) For those that don’t know, the war on Christmas is the idea that Christmas or Christianity is under some sort of secular attack. This is done under “the guise” of diversity and equality for other religious holidays in December (like Hanukkah and Kwanzaa)
Evidence of this “assault” is seen in Wal-Mart greeters being forced to say “happy holidays” or “season greetings” instead of the traditional “Merry Christmas” People who do not celebrate Christmas finding themselves insulted that someone would have the “audacity” to wish them a merry Christmas when they do not celebrate that, and how dare they assume they do. People who perpetuate this “war” all will find some obscure showing of Christmas like “A Christmas tree in the Seattle airport” or “The Christmas Parade in Omaha” being shut down or tweaked so that Christmas isn’t mentioned.
This is insanity. Anyone who believes that Christianity or Christmas is somehow being hurt by people wishing “seasons’ greetings” instead of “Merry Christmas.” People who find fault in a town’s Christmas parade turning into a “holiday parade” one of the most pathetic episodes of self-victimization I’ve ever seen.
Now the other side is not all innocent either
Being some snotty atheist who wants to be offended because of the fact that while we don’t have a national religion and a government entity promoting what is “technically” a religious holiday is unconstitutional. Also, fun fact: Christmas is not wholly a holy holiday anymore. I know people who have no religious leanings who love Christmas because it gets the family together, they try to be nicer to others, and of course, the presents. Whether or not that is right or not is a whole other discussion but it is what it is.
If you are in another religion or an atheist and you get some small win because signs in your town change from “Merry Christmas” to Season’s greetings…then you’re a small person. And is it really a win for you? The town where my church is has put up “Seasons’ Greetings sign with candy canes…. A Christmas candy. When I hear season’s greetings or Happy holiday I think of the holidays I celebrate and go on my way. I don’t have the gall to say “NO! SAY MY HOLIDAY (CHRISTMAS) AND ONLY MINE!” And for the people who sing woe because of the death of “Merry Christmas” you know Season’s greetings can include Thanksgiving and New Years (nonreligious holidays)… What’s in a name anyways? Is it really appropriate to say Merry Christmas on December 2nd? Seems a little early. But it is the Christmas season… EVERYONE just needs to calm down.
So no Christmas is not dying. If you need proof just go out into your neighborhood and see the lights. Parks, houses, businesses, and downtown and decked out in bright lights. Those aren’t Hanukkah lights (unless they’re on a menorah) they’re Christmas lights…or seasonal lights…whatever you want to call it, it’s all the same thing. Christmas is king, and will always will be. Don’t we have 12 days of Christmas? Or 25 days of Christmas if you do the Christian advent season?
The War on Christmas will prevail. Crazy Christians will yell and fume about some other small school in Kansas having a “holiday party” that falls just before
Christmas Break Winter Break. Snotty atheists will revel in the win. They’ll fight on fox news and it’ll be business as usual. For me, I’ll grab some eggnog, some popcorn, a blanket, and watch it as a fire rages. 😉
Hope ya’ll have a Merry Christmas season 🙂