With the biggest Christian bash only a few weeks away, I thought it necessary to discuss why Christmas brings out the
best worst in so many people. As a kid I remember Christmas as one of the most anticipated events of the year. Sure I was raised Catholic, but Jesus was the last thing on my mind. I was more interested in the blizzards (aka get out of jail school storms), all the beautiful decorations strewn about our town, and of course the toys. No matter what anyone says, whether you’re religious or not, toys rule every kid’s Christmas. Everything from GI Joe to Transformers and Legos I wanted it all. Sure Christmas is a very "sacred" day being the birthday of Jesus and all, but if you’re a kid, none of that matters. As a kid, you’re oblivious to the true meaning of Christmas. Your parents tried to teach you about baby Jesus, Mary, and even those wise guys… blah blah blah. It didn’t matter, because Christmas was simple. It was all about Santa and his big bag of toys. Christmas was having a few weeks off of school, decorating the tree, baking cookies with your family, and sledding.
Looking back on that, I really have to admit that it was a surreal experience and one that I will cherish forever. It doesn’t matter that I’m not religious anymore because religion had little to do with it in the first place. Whether that’s a good thing or not, you decide. But what I do find disturbing now is the battle taking place between Christians and Atheists and who ever else is pissed off at the world.
I remember last year in my own city when an Atheist complained that a firehouse in the city had Christmas decorations that could be viewed from the sidewalk. He raised a stink and actually got them taken down. What’s amusing is that a few non-Christian firefighters defended the display. This year, some goof in Miami decided to hang a blindfolded Santa from a noose in his front yard. The Santa also has his hands and legs bound with wire. Now I actually find it rather amusing and I would never ask him to remove it, but what the hell? I don’t remember seeing that when I was a kid.
Before you Christians get all high and mighty, you need to stop with the stupidities as well. I’m tired of seeing Christians pissing and moaning about how "Merry Christmas" is being attacked by "Happy Holidays". The
Crazy Christian Coalition American Family Association, with nearly 3 million members, has launched a boycott against Target and Walmart for their use of the phrase "Happy Holidays" in place of "Merry Christmas". It didn’t take long for Bill O’Reilly of Fox News to hop on board and push the boycott on his show. Don’t these people realize that Christianity isn’t the only religion the country? Sure, they are the most numerous, but there are people here representing damn near every religion on this planet. If privately owned business feels it can attract more business by appealing to other customers who celebrate Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, it’s their choice. Their main goal is to boost revenue, not cater to just Christians.
Christians should focus their efforts on restoring the "true" meaning of Christmas and less on the commercialization of it. Christmas is supposed to be a celebration of Jesus and family. And if I remember correctly, Jesus was about tolerance and forgiveness, none of which is exemplified anymore during the
Christmas Holiday Season or any other time of the year for that matter.
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