I was gonna wait for this- I was going to try to not even say this this year. BUT I was on facebook and someone said it- I needed to retort in my blog so I wasn't sounding like a shit to her.
She said "Jesus is the reason for the season"
Nope- wrong. Axial tilt is the reason for the season. Seriously- it's a matter of science.
The reason for Christmas may be Christ. Although Christ was not born in December. Nope.
The reason Christmas is in December is because the powers that be were trying to encompass the pagan winter celebration in that month. The winter celebration might be about a small child born to a virgin woman, or the child of the sun being reborn in the wheel of time. Both are pagan mythos. Neither are solely Christian. Neither is the Easter story. Timothy Freke writes about this in his book "Is Jesus a pagan god?"
Christians- I am happy to share this month with you, and Chanakah, and Kwanzaa, and festivus. I am happy to see red and green decor out to celebrate (they are also pagan color schemes for the holiday). I am happy to cut down a yule tree and burn a yule log. You can cut down a Christmas tree and burn a yule log (lol).
BUT PLEASE- don't try for sole ownership of this upcoming month and holiday. PLEASE don't insult me and the Jews and those who celebrate Kwanzaa. Please don't get all pissy about me wishing to the Gods that you would embrace the saying happy holidays instead of merry Christmas. The jews were around before Christ, as were the pagans (though I will concede we are all neo-pagans now and have no real link to the old), and we are willing to share and live together like the whos in Whosville.
So, before you start posting about Jesus being the reason and about how horrid it is that people want to say Happy Holidays- think about the rest of us.