Class Warfare Blog

December 26, 2012

The War on Christmas, Let’s Open a New Front

Filed under: History,Religion — Steve Ruis @ 8:27 am
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I am a bit exasperated by two things this holiday season: the Christians who insist we need to get Christ back into Christmas aka “The War on Christmas” and its ilk and the blog posts about what do Atheists do during the “Holy Days.”

It should be abundantly clear by now that Christmas is a hodgepodge of winter solstice celebrations that Christianity highjacked. Their claims are that Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus but they have no idea when he was born (+/– several years) and can’t even prove that Jesus was a real person. They cannot justify the celebratory tree (Oh, Jesus love to walk in the coniferous woods near his home in Galilee! That’s why we celebrate with a Christmas tree. Right.). They cannot justify the gift giving, the Santa Claus myth, etc.

People continue to celebrate Christmas as a secular holiday because it is a secular holiday! It is not a Holy Day, but a holiday as the word has come to be known, a day set aside for celebration. The celebration is for the simple fact that the number of sunlit hours in a single day has hit bottom and will now grow until we get back to Spring and Summer. When this celebration was begun, people lived closer to the land and were living year to year and there was no promise that the seasons would continue to cycle like they did. They knew winters could last and last and their hope was that this one did not, because they could starve before new food supplies could be had. So the celebrated the turning point in the season in the hope that Spring would come as it had in the past.

I think it takes a great deal of chutzpah to highjack a festival and then complain that people are not doing what you want them to do rather that what they want to. In the English tradition, Christmas was actually banned by “the Church” for a while because the lower classes, don’t you know, were sniff, sniff, getting riotously drunk. To that idea, I lift my cup of eggnog!

If they want to invent a war on Christmas, I say “Bring it on!” My slogans will be “Get Christ the Hell Out of Christmas!” and “Hands Off Our Winter Solstice Celebration!”

Secularists of the World, Unite! And a Merry Christmas to all of you who put up with my rantings. I wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

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4 Comments »

  1. “I think it takes a great deal of chutzpah to highjack a festival and then complain that people are not doing what you want them to do rather that what they want to.”

    Very nicely put! This should be projected upon Fixed News’ building facade 🙂

    Comment by john zande — December 26, 2012 @ 9:39 am | Reply

    • I thought the “Chutzpah” was a nice touch seeing as how Jesus forbade his disciples from even talking to Gentiles, i.e. the message wasn’t for “them,” only for Jews.

      I don’t think people are aware of the danger Fox (sic) News and Rush Limbaugh are to our democracy. Spreading hatred and fear at high volume encourages anti-social behavior, even extreme anti-social behavior, all in the name of making money.

      Steve

      Comment by stephenpruis — December 26, 2012 @ 9:54 am | Reply

  2. Happy holidays and a prosperous 2013.

    Comment by makagutu — December 27, 2012 @ 9:50 am | Reply


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