For God’s sake people, no one has stolen the “Christ” from “Christmas.” Honest.
‘Tis that time of year when some of my dear Christian friends, and I do mean “dear,” begin posting their diatribe on Facebook, feeling in some odd way that their choice of religion and it’s observances have given them exclusive dibs to the whole month of December.
They begin to rant and rave right after Thanksgiving about those of us who choose to say “Happy Holidays.” They claim through twisted logic that someone has stolen the “Christ” from that holiday called “Christmas” and I quote:
“I DO NOT CARE IF THIS DOES OFFEND SOMEONE…THIS IS WHAT I BELIEVE…I AM SICK AND TIRED OF EVERY YEAR WHEN CHRISTMAS COMES AROUND; THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO TAKE CHRIST OUT OF CHRISTMAS BECAUSE IT MIGHT OFFEND SOMEONE…WELL, HOW ABOUT ALL OF THE CHRISTIANS?…WHAT ABOUT OFFENDING US BECAUSE YOU ARE TAKING OUR CHRIST OUT OF CHRISTMAS?…CHRIST IS CHRISTMAS!…IF YOU AREN’T CELEBRATING CHRIST THEN WHY ARE YOU CELEBRATING?…CHRISTMAS IS ABOUT THE BIRTH OF OUR SAVIOR!…CHRISTMAS IS ONE OF A FEW HOLIDAYS LEFT THAT CELEBRATE “MY” CHRIST!…LEAVE “MY” CHRISTMAS ALONE!…AND TELL EVERYONE MERRY CHRISTMAS, NOT HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!…REPOST IF YOU ARE NOT ASHAMED.”
First let me say, good for you for practicing your First Amendment right to freedom of speech. I’m all for that, as I am sure you are too?
But, ahem…You still personally choose to celebrate “Christmas” in the way you think Christmas should be celebrated, yes? Has anyone actually removed that right from you lately? No… I didn’t think so.
What I find most interesting is, you choose to celebrate Christmas in December even though your Christ was actually born on the 15th day of the month of Tishri, on the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles, which corresponds to the September to October time frame of our present calendar. Please see biblical scholar facts 101.
If it concerns you so much, you might consider a redo on that date. Maybe to a month more in line with his actual birth date and where there are less holiday celebrations by others that might “interfere” with your own?
The Jewish celebrate Chanukah in December; the Muslims celebrate Eid-al-Adha in December; the Buddhists celebrate Bodhi Day in December; the Pagans celebrate the Winter Solstice in December; some in the Southern states of the U.S. celebrate Las Posadas in December; some African-Americans celebrate Kwanzaa in December; Christians and non-Christians alike celebrate Christmas in December; and on and on it goes.
Therefore, a number of holidays are actually celebrated this month and the polite greeting, “Happy Holidays!” tends to cover them all. It really isn’t some dark and dangerous conspiracy to overthrow your right to celebrate nor to kidnap your holiday nor your Christ. And if you continue to think it is, then perhaps a little boost in your Lithium prescription is warranted?
Each of the aforementioned groups celebrate in December, well, because they have a Constitutional right to do so. I don’t seem to remember seeing any Holy decree that states the month of December shall remain celebration-less with the exception of Christmas. Better yet, I don’t remember seeing any Amendment to the Constitution that states all Americans must follow one religion and therefore practice only the traditions of that specific religion and will be put in jail or stoned to death for any salutation during that season that does not include the word “Christ.”
Furthermore, Jesus was Jewish. He was born to a Jewish woman in Galilee which was located in a Jewish part of the world; the majority of his friends, colleagues, associates, even his disciples were Jews; he worshiped in Jewish synagogues and he preached from Jewish text; he celebrated Jewish festivals; and he even made regular pilgrimages to the Jewish temple in Jerusalem. And I would bet my very last shekel that he played with a dreidel when he was a kid.
Perhaps “Christnukah” or even “Chanuchrist” would be a more appropriate term to use for your chosen celebration of his birth and his life?? Words are just well, words. Maybe action is a little better way to celebrate your beliefs rather than to be wallowing in a sea of semantics.
Personally this season, I plan to celebrate a combination of holidays that occur in December because I tend to ascribe to that ethical belief of equality for all. So I have decided to create “Christmakkah-EidalAdha-Bodhi-StLucias-Hogmanay-LasPosadas-St.NicholasDay-Kwanzaa-etcetera,” and celebrate it whenever and however I choose to because I can.
Happy Holidays to each and every one, whatever your beliefs or practices might be!
Oh, and a Happy New Year that recognizes and respects the rights of all human beings to simply “be” who they choose to be and to worship whatever they choose to worship, without all this non Christ-like judgment that is so regularly imposed.
If you really want to put “Christ” back into “Christmas,” then perhaps you should begin by acting more like Him. Go on, take all those “Christ”mas gifts you have piled up under your tree and give them away to a family in need…that’s what Jesus would do.