Saturday, November 26, 2011

Keeping the Hip in Hypocrisy

Happy Holidays. Yep, I said Happy Holidays. Commence with the tirades about how I'm chafing your jingle bells by daring to acknowledge there are religious and/or cultural celebrations other than your own. The past few years certain people (read: bible-thumpers) yammer on and on about the Happy Holidays wishers waging a war against Christmas and the only way to regain the season is to renounce them publicly. Really guys? REALLY??

Last time I checked there was more than one holiday in December. Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Yule, Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year's Eve just off the top of my head. The word holiday comes from the notion of a "Holy Day". Every religion has holy days. I don't see how telling someone to have a happy holiday is offense. If anything people are upset because it's including non-Christians. "How dare people believe in something other that what I believe in!" The sentiment is sincere, whatever you celebrate this season, I hope it's joyful. How dare I!

Furthermore, historically Jesus Christ was not born on December 25th. More accurately he was probably born in the end of September during the annual Feast of Tabernacles. He may have been conceived in December though. The Romans decided to celebrate the Christ Mass to coincide with the Winter Solstice. The Church wanted to replace the Pagan festival with a Christian holy day.

Whatever reason we celebrate Christmas today, the season has become a time to spread cheer, joy and love. To hold your loved ones close and help those less fortunate. How wishing someone a Happy Holy Day is somehow going to cheapen that is beyond me. Christ, if you chose to believe in him, was the embodiment of all of those things and I'm sure he wouldn't be offended.


Misty said...

You are EXACTLY right... I am a Christian (though NOT a bible thumper.) I do hold to relational (over religious) ties to the Christmas holiday, BUT i consider my holiday greetings to stem from Thanksgiving to New years, and EVERY holiday that comes in between...

The world is in a shitty place, our nation especially. It's so easy to find stupid, insignificant things to get wrapped up in. People can then pretend they stand for something and go on ignoring the real issues.

MommaSaid said...

This is pretty much how I felt when I read a FB post from a relative-by-marriage. I love saying, Merry Christmas, but I don't do it to "fight back" against people of other faiths. I also try to say Happy Holidays when I'm faced with someone I've never met, and have no clue about what they hold dear.