War On Christmas?

 

Just a quick thought at the holidays.

Most religions or belief (or lack of belief) systems have some kind of celebration around this time of year. Even before calendars our ancestry had some concept of time. One of the things they timed was sunlight. The link between sunlight and life came early on.

Since those early millennia the rebirth of the sun at the winter solstice has become the lynchpin of a multitude of celebrations, religious and secular. Saturnalia, Yule and Christmas are the ones that often come to mind. 

Celebrate what you want or don’t celebrate anything at all. Celebrate it however you wish, it is your business. 

What confounds me is those who claim to be followers of Christ and want to force everybody to follow their ways of keeping this time of year. My understanding of Christ’s teachings is that he did not force anything on anyone. Christ supposedly told stories and came up with broad concepts of how to live in order to be saved. Among his most prominent concepts was to give up the love of money.

So once again we come to the winter solstice in the US with a group of people claiming there is a “war on Christmas.” These folks also claim that if someone does not keep Christmas as they do then that person is somehow undeserving to live amongst other citizens in this country as they judge people on their perceived level of Christianity.

What is interesting is that those doing the judging and making the biggest stink about a war on Christmas are often the ones to whom the teachings of Christ are merely words on a page. To them I say keep your Christmas in your way and let me keep the Solstice in mine. 

And to them and everyone everywhere I say Hppy Holidays to you and your loved ones.

And Go Hawkeyes and Cyclones!

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1 Response to War On Christmas?

  1. Ella Vader-Belding says:

    Whether you say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy holidays” I find it hard to fit the idea of mirth into my Catholic teaching. We recently observed the SOLEMNITY of the Immaculate Conception. Today is the SOLEMNITY of the Nativity. Next Tuesday is the SOLEMNITY of the Blessed Virgin Mary. That’s a whole lot of SOLEMNITY for what HypoChristians, Non-Christians and misguided Christians try to turn into a monthlong festival of happiness. The Pope’s message today was so refreshing, dovetailing how I try to celebrate the solemn birth of Jesus Christ, although when you’re poor like me, it’s easier.

    Finally, I find it interesting that in a column that skirts around the issue of groups foisting their beliefs on others, you’d end with “And go Hawkeyes, go Cyclones.” Talk about brainwashing.

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