By Valerie Rice | November 2, 2020
It starts: the bell ringing brigade, coffee cup Karens, and October decorating in an attempt to force holiday cheer on us all. No, not “holiday”. Christmas. Just the sound of it makes me cringe. And I am not the only one. Stores are relentless in their campaign to throw this christian holiday in your face the second the leaves start to turn and will occasionally nod in the general direction of other religions with a plastic menorah or blue banner. Giant pines are cut to display in capitol squares, and plastic, light up mangers pop up everywhere. Odd, seeing how there are 14 major religious holidays celebrated in the U.S. How many can you remember? 2? 3? Also, on a fun fact note, only 46% of Americans celebrate Christmas. Religion is on the decline in the States and around the world. Lashing out angrily at the people who do not hold your beliefs is not only very, very wrong, but it also causes division and harm to those around you. Look, it just isn’t the center of our lives anymore.
POLITICALLY CORRECT OR HUMAN DECENCY?
According to studies, 52% of people actually care about how stores greet their customers. That means that, like always, your word choice is important to the people you are speaking to. This should make perfect sense to anyone who has ever carried on a conversation. Nowadays people are insisting, especially during the winter holiday season, that being intentionally rude is perfectly fine because they are fighting what they call “political correctness.” What this term means, by definition, is “the avoidance, often considered as taken to extremes, of forms of expression or action that are perceived to exclude, marginalize, or insult groups of people who are socially disadvantaged or discriminated against.” Still confused? Examples: we do not call people retards, fags, kykes, and so on. People who hate political correctness will say these things. They will also aggressively say merry Christmas and walk around without a mask in the middle of a pandemic. They believe that their rights supersede the rights of others. Human decency dictates that we do not use offensive terms and we understand that our rights stop where the rights of others begin. We are fine with Happy Holidays or nothing at all, and Starbucks cups do not anger us. Now you know.
TRADITIONS ARE STOLEN ANYWAY
When you think of Christmas I bet you envision evergreens with twinkling lights, wreaths, and snow. Yes? Those are all Pagan traditions, my friend, and they are for the Winter Solstice. You want christmas? You need sand, shepherds, and a manger. No wise men, they were 3 years late. WHAT?!?!?! Yep dude, totally. The Winter Solstice is celebrated on December 21-22, to mark the longest night of the year and the birth of the Sun God, to wish for the return of the light, hence the stars and twinkling lights. The wreath also represents the sun and the cycle of renewal. This delightful pagan holiday predates Christianity by…..forever…..and coincides with it only because it was easier to convert pagans to your fancy new faith if you didn’t take away their beloved holidays of feasting, fire, sex, and slaughter. The timing itself is way off. In fact, we have had so much cultural appropriation in the past centuries that I doubt anybody knows which way is up. So maybe keep it down about your sacred traditions, okay?
So once upon a time we did not go deep into debt every year. I’m serious. People usd to actually reflect on the religious implications of winter holidays instead of focusing on gift exchanges. Except maybe pagans, we love giving each other things, but they were hand-maid, and only for one or two people. And we always party. Like, MAJOR party. Think drinking, fire, and debauchery. I mean, the drugs and sacrifice are no longer legal, so those are out. And not for a day, for a week. I’m getting off track here. It was in 1843 that manufacturers decided to make us pay for our holiday cheer. And not until after 1850 that it started to catch on. Isn’t capitalism great, kids? So WHO is really attacking Christmas again? It seems to me that the people removing the meaning of the holiday and replacing it with money grubbing are more to blame than those who have differing beliefs.
PERSONAL BOUNDARIES AND BELIEFS
I once told my now ex mother-in-law that I would not be teaching the myth of Santa to my children. She LOST is, I mean, she was screaming, accusing me of destroying their childhoods, telling me I was a bad mom, and all that for weeks. My husband at the time said nothing in my defense, and sulked in a corner. I explained my reasons: I don’t believe in lying to children, I am not Christian and do not celebrate Christmas, the idea of an old man tracking my every move is creepy, I will not use fantasy to manipulate my children’s behavior, etc. She decided she would try and teach them this crap anyway. Not only did they not believe her, but they corrected her on the origins of Saint Nick. I was so proud. I also got a lot of crap from other parents when my children mentioned that Santa wasn’t real in school.
Well, why are they doing religious holiday activities in school and perpetuating myths? You may think it is harmless, but it really is not. IDGAF that Christmas is a federal holiday, I don’t think it should be. OR, hear me out, ALL religious holidays should be federal holidays. Don’t like it? fight me. But don’t get angry when someone who has different beliefs, or their children, voice those beliefs when being drowned in a swamp of someone else’s religion. While you may not think Santa is religious, his roots are, and he is based in Christian mythology. Just because something is common does not mean it applies to everyone. And speaking for the marginalized, we should not have to smile and suffer because you think it does no harm. And try an exercise. Pretend your child comes home from school telling you about the joys of Navroz and asking why you aren’t praying for repentance. After all, it’s harmless and well meant.
SO IN THE END…
Let’s respect each other and our personal beliefs. The winter is a cold and miserable time for many people. Winter holidays vary from person to person, and despite the protestations of FoxNews and Bill O’Reilly, we are not a Christian nation. There never was a war. We are a country built on diversity, with a bloody past and war-torn present. Nobody has EVER prevented you from celebrating Christmas, in fact it has been ridiculously promoted for a quarter of every year and forced on everyone, even those who have no interest and those who are psychologically damaged by it. 2020 has been a terrible year already, seasonal misery is upon us as many people find no joy from the holiday season, so don’t make it worse. We really don’t need a fabricated lie about persecution to cause more of a divide between us. Remember your rights end where another’s begin, it has nothing to do with politics. Stay safe, be well, and take care of YOU.