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|Date:||December 18, 2007|
With the holiday season looming, I can picture one of
my holiday frenzied friends asking me:
"But Christmas, who can possibly have a problem with Christmas?"
Oh my. Here we go.
Lest we forget, Christmas is supposedly a celebration of Jesus' birthday.
This is entertaining for a number of reasons, the most prominent being
that it is almost certain that Jesus was not born on December 25th, more
likely he was born in September, so (dear Americans) by the time you're
cooking that Turkey (to celebrate the slaughtering of Native Americans),
you've already missed it!
"It is only sinners who make great rejoicings over the day
in which they were born into this world"
- (Catholic Encyclopedia, 1908 edition, Vol. 3, p. 724, "Natal Day").
Jesus was not actually Christian, but a Jew. I suppose this
is more of a religious issue, but I was entertained by it enough
to mention it. You remember the Jews, right? They're the people
that the Christians regularly murdered because they were
Jewish. Like Jesus Christ. Who was a Jew. Who was persecuted
for being Jewish. Oh, never mind. If you didn't already get it,
you certainly won't get it now.
[USA] Speaking of "not Christian" - there's quite a large population
of the US that is "not Christian." Many of them are a little tired
of having this "official" holiday pushed on them. Let's not forget
separation of Church and State, folks. That's why this country is
here in the first place.
Christmas is actually a repurposed pagan holiday, that of
the Winter Solstice. Yule tide? That's a pre-Christian holiday.
That pine tree you decorate? Jesus never saw one, they didn't exist
in the Middle East. And the fat bearded man in a red suit who
lives at the North Pole? He was one of Jesus' Apostles, right?
Actually, the only connection that Santa Claus has with Jesus the
Messiah is that they are both IMAGINARY.
Starting after Thanksgiving / late November and up to Christmas
(this is approximately TEN PERCENT of your life on this planet) we
are subjected to a continuous litany of mindless ancient pop songs.
I speak of such fantastic works as "Here Comes Santa Claus" and
"We Wish You A Merry Christmas." This endless drone, I am sure,
is similar to brainwashing techniques that are punishable as
war crimes. For over a month we have to listen to every possible
version of these
(which often have nothing to do with the birth of Jesus, or the
birth of Santa Claus, whenever that may be).
Christmas is not about Jesus' birth. It's about buying.
It's about buying gifts and selling gifts and receiving gifts and
return gifts. Note that I used the noun "gift" as opposed to the
verb "giving." Christmas is not about giving. When you think
of buying a present for someone.. oops.. of giving a present to
someone, what comes to your mind? Is it love? Is it help? Is
it kindness? No, those things can't be wrapped with a red ribbon
and topped with a Hallmark Card.
Speaking of giving, is it covered by donating once per year
to fat men in hats ringing bells (who may or may not actually
work for the Salvation Army)? If you believe in what the Salvation
Army does, why only give when smothered with Christmas cheer?
Why not give year round? And instead of money, how about help?
And if you don't believe in what the Salvation Army does, you
have my permission to punch that bell-ringer in the mouth.
Have a happy Pagan Winter Solstice Festival!