Monday, November 29, 2010

I was gonna wait, but

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.

14 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Jesus is the reason for THEIR season, not ours.

Lyn said...

Well said K. And don't forget you can eat Yule log too ;-)

D.Suplicki said...

Well said, K! I'm all for everyone celebrating whatever they want during the winter months so long as they are respectful of the fact that others may not celebrate for the same reasons.

That said, bring on the glittery shiny trees, please! ;)

LyndaB said...

"Axial tilt is the reason for the season."

I am so stealing that. LOL

Linda in New Mexico said...

Didn't Axial Tilt play in a rock band.....tee hee. Let's get this straight.....Greed is the reason for the season..... The Olde Bagg, Linda

Witchy Godmother said...

so mote it be to THAT! - LOL. I love the axial tilt is the reason for the season. That is the best. Hugs and sparkles - WG

Her Mom said...

I'm still going with love is the reason for my season. I give, whatever I give, because I love. I celebrate my season with those I love. But then, I'll celebrate with those I love whenever I can, regardless of season.

AlphaBetsy said...

Well said!!! I'm starting to see it already as well.

Pallas Renatus said...

I wonder if anyone's ever made a "co-opting pagan holidays makes baby Jesus cry" T-shirt. I should get on that.

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LyndaB said...

Asian escort spam is the reason for the season.

Jenn Flynn-Shon said...

Couldn't agree more, I try to be as embracing as possible at all times of year because who knows when someone is celebrating something special! Its just heightened in December but still should be for everyone to enjoy as they wish.

Linda in NM that's excellent! A great name for a rock band, definitely.

LisaF said...

Well obviously I'm the lone Christian in this comment thread so far. Yes, you are 100% correct that "Christmas" was paired with other pagan winter festivals. The fact is, Christ's birth was not even celebrated for the first two centuries and early observances has the event falling in a variety of months. Dec. 25th was observed as early as 273 AD because the church believed Jesus is God's son and equated him with the celestial sun, a life-giving force. Two other Roman festivals were celebrated on that date...the birthday of Mithras, the Iranian Sun of Righteousness and Natalis Solis Invicti, the Roman birth of the Unconquered Sun. Because the culture was already celebrating the winter solstice and gods that had parallels to God, church leaders decided to take advantage of this and hijack the date to introduce Christian beliefs.

Although I take exception to Christ's birth being called a pagan myth, I do respect your right to disagree with me. Every one of our holidays are a mixture of different cultural traditions. Only time will tell whether our beliefs are founded in truth or not.

As for Jesus being the reason for the season, gift giving on Christmas didn't begin until the 1800s, representing the gifts the Eastern Magi brought to baby Jesus. The Santa Claus story took this practice to the heights we see today. So, in an obscure sense, Jesus (and Santa) is the reason for the season. Unfortunately, everyone...many Christians included...tend to get caught up in the spending frenzy of the season and take little time to think about why they are doing it.

The Holy Huddle may want to circle the wagons and stake a sole claim to this time of year. But the fact is, we share this time of year with many other worldviews. Don't chide me for saying Merry Christmas and I won't criticize you for saying Happy Holidays! Maybe it can be best summed up as Happy HanaChristmaKwanzadan. :-)

Sorry this turned into a mini blog post!

SuziCate said...

I just lost my comment so I'll start again. I guess there are many different reasons for the season and that is what makes the world go round...well, not exactly! Seems like most Christian holidays (don't know about other religions) have pagan roots as well as wedding and burial rituals. However, I don't think Santa has anything to do with either one. I am over the extreme commercialism and materialism that Christmas has turned into. I like simple, but that is just me...to each his own.