I’ve spent days trying to think of the nicest, most diplomatic way to convey this message – and I’ve come to the conclusion that while there very well might be a nice way of putting this, I have to go for the more direct route – I hope some of you aren’t too offended, and I hope the rest of you are offended enough to curb your idiotic behavior.
It happens every year, and this year seems to be worse than ever – perhaps it’s the ease of clicking that “Share” button on facebook, maybe it’s people who blindly follow the ludicrous claims of FOX News – whatever it is, it’s time for at least one voice to speak up and set the record straight.
I’m seeing more and more messages like this:
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!!…RE-POST IF YOU’RE NOT ASHAMED!!)
OK, let’s get this straight, shall we?
Jesus almost certainly was not born on December 25 – you know whose birthdays were originally celebrated on December 25? Here’s a short list:
- Horus (c. 3000 BCE)
- Osiris (c. 3000 BCE)
- Attis of Phrygia (c.1400 BCE)
- Krishna (c. 1400 BCE)
- Zoroaster/Zarathustra (c. 1000 BCE)
- Mithra of Persia (c. 600 BCE)
- Heracles (c. 800 BCE)
- Dionysus (c. 186 BCE)
- Tammuz (c. 400 BCE)
- Adonis (c. 200 BCE)
1) There is nothing inherently Christian about Christmas – every aspect of the tradition (Christmas trees, gift giving, etc.) come from traditions that pre-date Christianity OR have been made up in the past 150 years;
2) If you honestly believe that your faith is being slighted because someone says “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” then you are a thin-skinned, feeble-minded dolt who does not know what it is to be persecuted for your faith – in fact, I would argue that you suffer from a pathetic case of paranoia;
3) If your idea of taking a strong moral stand for your faith involves correcting people who don’t give you the correct holiday greeting, boycotting stores that don’t have “Merry Christmas” written in their windows, or otherwise telling people to leave “your Christmas alone” – then yours is a weak faith;
4) Did you know that “Xmas” is the same as “Christmas” – look it up, learn some Greek, it will do you good.
If this little diatribe causes just one person to refrain from posting an obnoxious, ridiculous, lame message like “I’m taking a stand against the big, bad, mean people who want to take away my Christmas” then I will consider my work here done.
In the meantime, allow me to wish you and yours a happy holiday season.