Christmas or marriage?

I don’t celebrate religious Christmas – not even as a kid – Christmas was a get together of family at the year’s end to celebrate having gotten through another year and celebrating the bonds of family ties.

Of course, we got together every month that there were birthday too, so it wasn’t like Christmas was the only extended family time of the year. It was just the frantic family where my nuclear family saw my Dad’s side of the family on Christmas Eve, my Mom’s Mom and family on Christmas day and my Mom’s Dad and his second family on Boxing Day. Which was about the only time of the year we saw this particular branch, and now, for reasons that remain unclear, they broke contact with us in 1995.

I think Christians should celebrate Christmas whoever they want – but they need to recognize that not everyone who marks Christmas as an occasion, does so with religious intent and meaning. If Christians really want to celebrate their savior’s birth, then do it in April, when if he had been born, he would have been born – that way, they could combine the birthday with resurrection day and get a two for one deal going.

Leave the winter festival of gluttony and cheer to offset the winter season of scarcity and cold weather to the secular reason for the season. Because that’s what the winter festival was about and the start up sects of Christianity just attached their decorations (well, the yule log and tree are pagan actually) or rather, associated themselves with existing holidays to make the transition easier.

Basically, they took a page from the Romans who kept their gods and goddess ill-defined so when they conquered people, they could say, but we’re the same since your pantheon of deities lines up with our pantheon of deities.

But Christians do not want to share the word Christmas with secular purpose and meaning any more than they want to share the word marriage with gays and lesbians.

So, they want different things called the same on one hand while asserting that something is the same despite a difference in name and legal standing….

Please pick one and stick to it – otherwise, this lack of consistency is showing their true colours of wanting everything their way, no matter how inconsistent and unequal that makes it for any other people. Worse, these games are done under the further smoke screen of claiming to be the victims of attack, when in fact, the only people attacking how people celebrate Christmas or be married are Christians.

The C-Word

Obviously not the Anglo-Saxon C word; but Christmas.

(Okay, maybe not soooo obvious)

I am done with being attacked for attacking Christmas.

Christmas is not under attack by atheists or believers in other religions.

Christmas is under attack by moderate and apologist Christians – this is the latest incarnation of the White Guilt of the 60s/70s over slavery that occurred before the Mea Culpas were born.

Christians who are trying to prove that they are inclusive by shoving their own identity aside and feeling guilty for being descended from White European Christian stock who arrived in the New World and decimated the populations already living there, made it hard for non-white immigrants to come to these shores once the bureaucracy was in place and people couldn’t just sail over and homestead.

Or perhaps it’s just a bit more sinister – as long as Christians try to eliminate use of the C-word and then defend it vigorously; then maybe, just maybe all the non-Christians will get fed up and say, keep using your stupid C-word just include the other holiday names.

So that no one notices that all the statutory holidays that aren’t civic are Christian.

It’s not the use of this or that name that demonstrates inclusiveness, but rather according equal status.

So, unless Canada and the US are going to either only have civic statutory holidays or add other stat holidays from other religions and cultures; it doesn’t matter what names we use or don’t.

Because the appearance of inclusion under any other name is still just the appearance of, and not actual inclusive multiculturalism.

The season is the reason

Christmas stopped being a religious holiday and became a secular consumer one back in the 1950’s; heck, even Life magazine covered the story in 1958 and the early 1960’s Peanut Christmas specials complained without any awareness of irony about the commercialism of Christmas even while the TV special promoted Peanuts products.

It’s not that there’s an active or coordinated attack on the dwindling religious aspect, it’s just the believers who  prefer to view the dwindling as an attack instead of accepting the reality that the religious aspects – and well, religion itself – as  not relevant to the rest of us.

Sad commentary that they try to make themselves into an oppressed minority of martyrs as they rally people to vote against actual civil rights advances (and I mean pick a cause, slavery, women’s voting and rights, interracial marriage, civil rights for minorities and gays/lesbians). Sadder still that godbots prefer to characterize the social climate as attacking them rather than realizing that they are less relevant.

I guess in a weird way, feeling like people are attacking you means that you somehow still matter?

Most stores that specialize in ornaments for the season have only a small inventory of religious themed decorations. Most of the decorations make christmasy versions of sports, hobbies, Pink Flamingos have become a perennial along with many other animals like polar bears and penguins.

A few years ago, people in British Columbia went crazy over a 1960’s holiday novelty song because of a Telephone company’s christmas commercials.

Why not holiday hippos?

Everyone but Christians seem to know enough history to understand that most of the Christian Christmas decor and symbols are lifted from pagan and other religions. It made the conquering of people easier when you incorporated aspects of their culture into your own.

It’s why the Romans kept their god pantheon less defined than the Greek one – hey, we both have gods of wine, god of thunder, goddess of the hunt, same god, different name. Not unlike the folks trying to push the idea that the Islam and Christian god are the same under a different name.

But, wouldn’t a god by any other name, still expect to be worshiped in the same way?

What is actually occurring is other groups asserting their claim on the public spaces that they tax dollars also support. What’s wrong with a city hall setting aside an amount of space for holiday decor for any holiday that the citizens celebrate?

Not just Christmas, but Ramadan, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Light Day, whatever. Where’s the harm in celebrating all that we celebrate?

Every culture has developed holidays around the changes of seasons – we celebrate in spring that food and animals are plentiful, celebrate summer harvest, celebrate mid winter to lift the spirits and just be happy we got through another set of seasons.

That these celebrations were largely rituals to please the gods so that seasons will is neither here nor there now that we know seasons are a result of the earth’s orbit.

We can still celebrate, we still made it through the year. It’s okay to shift to celebrate the mundane world, it’s where we live. The variations in foods and trappings just make life interesting.

Merry Thanksgivoween and Happy New Kwanzadonukka Day, Oct 31 to Dec 31, the season’s the reason.