Friday, December 10, 2004

Since, for some reason, my sister's comments are not working (maybe it's just me), I would like to take a moment to address something she mentioned on her blog.

"Taking the Christ out of Christmas"

I'm not trying to be the crazy heathen here, and I know this goes more than a bit off-topic, but this phrase (oft repeated during the holiday season) kind of bugs me, as it's simply wrong.

It's been pretty much agreed upon by religious scholars, that, based on the text and descriptions within the Bible, Jesus would have been born in the spring or summer, not even in winter.

The tie to the month of December was formed when the Christians were converting the people of Pagan religions over. They moved it to December to coincide with the winter holiday, Saturnalia. I guess they figured that, if they could make a little compromise, they'd be able to convert more people (they were right). SO, technically, Christ was put *into* Christmas, not the other way around.

But don't take my word for it. Do a google search for:
the real origins of Christmas

You'll pull up pages likes:
http://de.essortment.com/christmaspagan_rece.htm

http://www.simpletoremember.com/vitals/Christmas_TheRealStory.htm

Even this site, a Christian site, admits that Jesus was not actually believed to have been born on Dec. 25th:
http://www.keyway.ca/htm2002/christms.htm

Taking the "Christ out of Christmas" is not an attempt to bring the world closer to a society dominated by materialism and commercialism (I don't think we need any help with that), but simply an attempt to appease *all* people. Yes, you might celebrate Christmas, but Joe Bob next to you might be Jewish and celebrate Hanukah and, next to him, might be an atheist, just enjoying the winter season with friends and family.

Yes, I use the phrase "Happy Holidays". Why? Because part of my in-laws are Jewish, my family is Catholic, and I have friends who are atheists. "Happy Holidays", to me, accepts *all* of their beliefs with a phrase of well-wishing which excludes no one. There's nothing political about that.

I'm not saying we all go back to pagan traditions, or that Christians shouldn't be allowed to involve Jesus in their holiday celebrations. In fact, I believe there's no reason a Christian family shouldn't take this season to have their own religious celebration of Christ's birth (regardless of the actual time). What I ask is for those people to do like Christ would have done and open their minds and hearts to people of other backgrounds and beliefs, that they will celebrate the holiday season in their own way. The winter holiday season is a time to be with your loved ones, not to play a pissing contest on whose God (or lack of) is better.

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