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The meaning of Christmas... - Unbeliever's Land
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The meaning of Christmas...
OK, I'm an atheist ["Really, Reed? We had no idea. You never talk about it..."], so it's in my contract -- every December, I have to grouse about Christianity.

And, just like a liberal who was against the Iraq war even when it was popular, I am socially required to start by listing all the disclaimers. ("Yes, Saddam BAD. BAD, BAD Saddam. Saddam Very BAD! But did we REALLY have to go charging in there...?")

So, disclaimer: I *LIKE* Christmas. Angela and I have a big, fake Christmas tree (*NOT* a "holiday tree") that's a royal pain to assemble each year. We have animated deer for the lawn, and net lights for the bushes. We buy each other lots of presents, like good little capitalists, and then spend Christmas morning drinking eggnog, listening to Christmas carols, and opening the presents going "Ooooh" and "Ahhhh", just like everyone else.

It's just the whole "Christ" thing that leaves us cold.

The thing is, it's obviously not just us. If this country was half as religious as it PRETENDS to be, you'd never even hear about Santa Claus or Rudolph. It would be Lil' Baby Jesus all the way.

Anytime they take a poll, Americans are all, "Oh, yes, I'm Very Christian, yessiree Bob, Good Christian, that's me!". But what percentage of these guys actually attend church? *EVER*?

For all the screaming by Bill O'Reilly and the rightwing uberfundies, I think Santa Claus is the Christmas the vast majority of Americans want. It's light, it's fun, it makes the kids happy. I never saw Lil' Baby Jesus make a kid anywhere NEAR that happy.

It's not a war ON Christmas, Billyboy! It's a war FOR Christmas! It's a war for the all-inclusive, happy Christmas with dorky claymation Santas, and Rudolphs, and singing mailmen who talk to animals and can't drive in a straight line for crap. It's Santa vs Jesus, just like in the pilot episode of South Park. And Santa kicks Jesus' ass, every time.

Christmas is commercial. Christmas is big business. Santa wears the corporate colors of Coca-Cola for a REASON. We didn't even celebrate Christmas in this country, until somebody figured out there was a buck to be made. Christmas pits the two evil sides of the Republican Party against each other: Big Business vs Big Religion. And the results clearly show where "American values" really stand -- Big Religion never had a chance.

The "reason for the season" is axial tilt. (That's why it's summer in Australia right now, and that's why it's winter everywhere that counts.)

The reason for the HOLIDAY is Winter Solstice. (Which the pagans celebrated with decorated trees long before the Christians tried to take it over.)

The reason for CHRISTMAS is capitalism -- or quality time with the ones you love, take your pick.

So this Christmas, let's lose the manger scenes once and for all -- and if you have to focus on a mythical guy who's always watching you and rewards you for good behavior, choose the one in the Coca Cola colors.


Current Emotional State: cheerful cheerful

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ziggy1138 From: ziggy1138 Date: December 24th, 2007 09:26 pm (UTC) (Link)


I've just got to point out that I never go to church BECAUSE I'm a good Christian. I find them to be mutually exclusive.
unbeliever64 From: unbeliever64 Date: December 25th, 2007 06:42 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Christmas

*NOD* I think religion is at its best when it's personal -- it's when religion gets organized that it turns evil.

Conversely, if you took just about any church (or synagogue, etc), and stripped religion out of it (including worship, and all religious injunctions to act/love/hate/think a certain way)... what's left would be a "community center", where neighbors could meet, make friends, organize, help each other out, and just generally have fun. A truly wonderful thing, IMHO...

The "community center" idea is one I've been rolling around in my head for some time. When I think of the good we could do if we just knocked all the crosses off the churches and had them focus more on THIS world than a hypothetical next world, it frustrates me no end...
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