Jesus! Save Us From The War On Christmas!

The phrase, “War on Christmas”, has reared its ugly head once more. Frankly, it’s boring, repetitive, and hardly in the spirit of goodwill to all men, which, whatever one’s religious bent, is a damned good spirit to hang onto, even if only for a few days during this particularly dark and dreary time of year.

The whole world knows how Americans love a good argument. Nothing is “middle-of-the-road” in this country. It’s a land of extreme views and opinions, all with just one common element – the ability to tear this nation asunder.

Christmas, it would seem, is no exception.

Throughout the land, the debate rages. Should it be called a Christmas tree, or a Holiday tree? Is it right to have a floodlit crib and manger above the entrance to local town council offices? Do children open Santa’s gifts on Christmas morning or Holiday morning?

The country where I was born and raised is a secular nation, yet no-one argues over the naming of holidays. Christmas is Christmas; Easter is Easter, and Pentecost is Whitsun.

You see, America, you don’t have deed and title to Christmas, it’s an international tradition celebrated throughout the world. It matters not if you are Christian, Pagan, or Atheist; Christmas is Christmas. It has been for donkey’s years, and it always will be. So stop arguing about it, and for Christ’s sake just enjoy it!

Neither is Christmas the sole preserve of Christians. Just because they stuck their deity’s name on the front of it doesn’t mean we can’t all celebrate. After all, in America, George Washington’s birthday is a celebrated federal holiday, but while he may have been a cool dude, he was definitely not a god. Most of us who wisely decline to behave in a weird and illogical manner towards Jesus of Nazareth, still consider he was a cool dude.

We’re all aware that the ‘Christ” bit relates to the Christian god, but the festival covers a multitude of other deities, including the Sun, and over the years they’ve all fallen under the general umbrella of Christmas, because the early Christians pinched the date from pagan sources somewhere around the 11th century.

But we pagans don’t object to that. We don’t rise up and insist it is renamed “Sol Invictus mass”, or, “Mithrasmass”, or, “Ishtarmass”. And if we don’t argue about it, America, why should you?

If you truly want to fight and bicker over the names of holidays, why not stick with one of your own, like Thanksgiving. No-one in the US of A rises up in indignation over that name, now do they? Personally, I think it’s a very silly name and hardly in keeping with a nation supposedly secular and tolerant of beliefs. After all, who is an Atheist supposed to give thanks to?

Perhaps it’s time Thanksgiving was renamed. Here’s a suggestion. How about, “Let’s-invite-a-whole-load-of-relatives-around-we-don’t-really-want-to-see -and-stuff-ourselves-so-full-of-food-we-fall-off-our-chairs Day”?

Or, if that’s too long to trip off the tongue, try: “ThanksForWhat? Day” as most Americans I’ve approached on the subject haven’t the faintest idea what they’re actually giving thanks for.

So get the message, America: hands off Christmas. It doesn’t belong to you. You didn’t invent it.

It actually existed long before you did, which means you have less right than the rest of the world to interfere with it.


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6 Replies to “Jesus! Save Us From The War On Christmas!”

  1. And a Very Happy Christmas back atcha RJ!

    Christmas is Christmas is Christmas…it has, over many centuries in Europe become much more than the sum of its parts, hasn’t it? Many in the USA don’t “get it” though.
    I try not to blame them too much. The USA is a little world unto itself – that’s the BIG problem, in all departments!

    I thing the use of the term “The Holidays” is fair enough when used to describe the period from Thanksgiving to New Year, taking in Jewish and African-American, pagan and other festivals, but it’d be a pity if each festival were to lose its individuality.
    For those to whom a festival has no meaning – fine – it goes ahead without them. I think tradition ought always to be respected.

  2. HAPPY CHRISTMAS, RJ. And, HAPPY CHRISTMAS to everyone here. And HAPPY CHRISTMAS to everyone who likes to wish and be wished. HAPPY CHRISTMAS.

    CHRISTMAS crackers? Huh. Not just at CHRISTMAS if you ask me.

    Imagine Bing Crosby singing “I’m Dreaming of a White Holiday”. Duh!

    What’s next I wonder? Happy New Holiday? You know, ‘cos 1st January ain’t actually new year for the the Chinese or Jews or some others.


  3. Just celebrated Winter Solstice: ‘nog, a gaily decorated log in the fireplace, and good cheer as the days get longer (though we did have ice on everything outside 8^)

    HAPPY HOLIDAYS, whatever y’all celebrate.

  4. Happy Christmas to you all 😀

    And, RJ, the “war” rages this side of the Atlantic, too – the tabloids still harp on (and so the non-thinking, Sun and Mail reading majority automatically believe it to be true) about the renaming of Christmas to “Winterval”. Even people who should have a modicum of sense have got in on the act:

    Does it really matter what it is called? It’s a time of year to celebrate life in general and to cheer yourself and those around you during the long winter months.

  5. Twilight – Americans are free to call the period between Thanksgiving and New year whatever they wish, of course, but I find it strange they can name these two months “the holidays” when virtually no-one has time off work, except on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The ‘holiday season’ is when Americans continue to work as usual!

    TOB – and I guess Easter could be in jeopardy, also? Only a ‘holiday bonnet’ for you this year, m’boy!

    Jerry – and a Very Happy Solstice to you, Jerry.

    Vigilante – a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 😉

    Jo – I guess it matters more the older one gets. We sexy-genarians have a lot of memories tied up in Christmas. “Winterval”, indeed! Trust the ‘Mail’ and the ‘Sun’ to jump on that bandwagon.

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