So…lately over the years I have seen a LOT of controversy about things…silly things, really…like: Is it blue, or white?
Did she airbrush?
Is it a he, or a she…and should they be considered a hero?
Will eating those rainbow tortilla chips make others consider if I support or denounce a certain lifestyle?
Will my child eating those turn him into “one of them”?
..and the latest idiotic trend: The colour of a coffee cup….
Of ALL the problems this world is facing…global warming…drought…famine…death… war… disease… the rich getting richer, the poor getting poorer…you would think that more attention would occupy someone’s mind other than the colour of a freaking cup.
Let me give MY interpretation of this fiasco: (AHEM)….IT’S JUST A FREAKING CUP!! It doesn’t mean it’s anti ANYTHING.
Everyone seems to have lost the plot in this.
When I was a child, I did not have Christmas. Nope…nada…reason: My mother’s faith did not celebrate it.
If someone had handed me a Menorah topped sugar cookie with reindeer antlers and a cross embedded in it I would not have handed it back to them and said “It is not of our faith”…I would have gobbled that sucker down before my mother could have blinked twice.
Christmas, my friends, is all about ONE THING…LOVE.
Love of family, love of friends, love for your fellow man.
We owe the current incarnation of “Christmas” to several factors…The Romans conquering the Celtic People…The Germanic Tribes, Saint Francis of Assisi….Immigration..and Commercialism.
Christmas has a meaning…oh yes…let’s not forget it…IT MEANS WHATEVER YOU WANT IT TO MEAN TO YOU!
Telling someone that Christmas means this, or Christmas means that is NOT what is is all about.
The very foundation of this holiday’s meaning should actually make you stop and consider that whole “WWJD” situation!
Does it say to celebrate His birth in the Bible? No…it merely GIVES you the recorded history of the fact.
Does it say “Decorate this way”, or “Celebrate it thus”? NO…
Let me tell you why: Because Christmas is not JUST about Christian…nor Jew…nor ANY faith. Christmas is about SHOWING LOVE AND RESPECT TO YOUR FELLOW HUMAN BEING OF ALL FAITHS…ALL WALKS OF LIFE.
If you are Christian, then this holiday is about a Saviour being born…if you are Pagan, it is about a renewal of the spirit of the land…if you are Jewish, then it is about a miracle that happened in the Temple… if you have NO faith, then it is about being with family and friends and enjoying gifts and food.
I am SO TIRED of seeing people denounce other’s for them not celebrating it “the right way”.
Every little thing has to be an argument, every little step has to be scrutinized, criticized, picked apart, dictated, or condemned by one foolish group or another.
We seem to forget that the meaning of Christmas IS DIFFERENT FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US!
Why can’t we just say “Happy whatever doesn’t offend you” and move along? Why all the controversy about silly little arrogant things?
If you and your family celebrate “Christmas” in the traditional way, I AM HAPPY FOR YOU. If you celebrate it in some other fashion: I AM STILL HAPPY FOR YOU.
I will not denounce YOUR way of celebrating something simply because it does not adhere to some ideological paradigm a group of people seem to think it MUST be celebrated as.
I APPLAUD YOUR FAITH…simply because YOU HAVE A FAITH.
This world is lacking more and more in love, tolerance, peace, understanding, cooperation, and caring…so if you decide to wish me a “Happy Cyborg Day” or “HAPPY FESTIVUS!” I will return your greeting in kind..because I do not hear THOSE words..I hear “I care enough about you and your life to wish you all the best during this season”.
Am I wrong about this? Let’s look at the facts…not conjecture…the cold hard facts. (Straight from Wikipedia and the Encyclopedia Britannica!)
CHRISTMAS WAS NOT ESTABLISHED UNTIL THE MID 4TH CENTURY.
The Christian ecclesiastical calendar contains many remnants of pre-Christian festivals. Christmas includes elements of the Roman feast of the Saturnalia and the birthday of Mithra.
The Chronography of 354 AD contains early evidence of the celebration on December 25 of a Christian liturgical feast of the birth of Jesus.
This was in Rome, while in Eastern Christianity the birth of Jesus was already celebrated in connection with the Epiphany on January 6.
The December 25 celebration was imported into the East later: in Antioch by John Chrysostom towards the end of the 4th century, probably in 388, and in Alexandria only in the following century.
Even in the West, the January 6 celebration of the nativity of Jesus seems to have continued until after 380.
In 245, Origen of Alexandria, writing about Leviticus 12:1–8, commented that Scripture mentions only sinners as celebrating their birthdays, namely Pharaoh, who then had his chief baker hanged (Genesis 40:20–22), and Herod, who then had John the Baptist beheaded (Mark 6:21–27), and mentions saints as cursing the day of their birth, namely Jeremiah (Jeremiah 20:14–15) and Job (Job 3:1–16).
In 303, Arnobius ridiculed the idea of celebrating the birthdays of gods, a passage cited as evidence that Arnobius was unaware of any nativity celebration.
Since Christmas does not celebrate Christ’s birth “as God” but “as man”, this is not evidence against Christmas being a feast at this time.
The fact the Donatists of North Africa celebrated Christmas may indicate that the feast was established by the time that church was created in 311.
Many popular customs associated with Christmas developed independently of the commemoration of Jesus’ birth, with certain elements having origins in pre-Christian festivals that were celebrated around the winter solstice by pagan populations who were later converted to Christianity.
These elements, including the Yule log from Yule and gift giving from Saturnalia, became syncretized into Christmas over the centuries.
The prevailing atmosphere of Christmas has also continually evolved since the holiday’s inception, ranging from a sometimes raucous, drunken, carnival-like state in the Middle Ages, to a tamer family-oriented and children-centered theme introduced in a 19th-century transformation.
Additionally, the celebration of Christmas was banned on more than one occasion within certain Protestant groups, such as the Puritans, due to concerns that it was too pagan or unbiblical.
Prior to and through the early Christian centuries, winter festivals—especially those centered on the winter solstice—were the most popular of the year in many European pagan cultures. Reasons included the fact that less agricultural work needs to be done during the winter, as well as an expectation of better weather as spring approached.
Many modern Christmas customs have been directly influenced by such festivals, including gift-giving and merrymaking from the Roman Saturnalia, greenery, lights, and charity from the Roman New Year, and Yule logs and various foods from Germanic feasts.
Pagan Scandinavia celebrated a winter festival called Yule, held in the late December to early January period. The word was in use in Old English (as geōl(a)) by 900, to indicate Christmastide.
The American Heritage Dictionary defines the word as “Christmas or the Christmas season, especially as traditionally celebrated in Northern Europe and North America with customs stemming in part from pagan celebrations of the winter solstice”.
In eastern Europe also, old pagan traditions were incorporated into Christmas celebrations, an example being the Koleda,which was incorporated into the Christmas carol.
So where does the Nativity Scene come from? Let’s as THE FRANCISCANS…after all, it was Saint Francis of Assisi who started THAT…
“Before Francis’ time, as early as the fifth century, the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome had a small oratory built like the cave of Bethlehem. The basilica’s second title was “St. Mary at the Crib.” The pope’s first Mass of Christmas was offered there.
We cannot define how we treat people, or how we react to something as silly as the colour of a coffee cup, by saying “It’s not right”….for it belongs to ALL of us.So…you see…it is not ONE group’s right to say “This is our holiday”…IT IS EVERY GROUP’S RIGHT TO SAY IT.
Do I hold this season as sacred? Sure I do…it mean…after all…. I get to spread MORE love to my fellow man.
Does it mean I denounce “The reason for the season”? NOPE …it means I am doing what HE SAID TO DO. (Look up Mark 12:30-31!!!)
People seem to forget that what we do to others, how we treat them, how we respond to what they hold sacred to define OUR faith.
Jesus did not come here to have us denounce other’s simply because they support or denounce a freaking coffee cup!
Look…it’s really simple…you celebrate it your way, I will celebrate it mine, and between the 2 of us I will bless you for the shining soul you are and wish you peace and joy, love and comfort, hope and good will…period.
If you come to my house, I will give you a hug, kiss your cheek, and tell you how grateful I am you are YOU, that you are HERE, and that I celebrate the love of you and your family in my heart. If I came to YOUR house, I would follow YOUR traditions, and wish the EXACT SAME THING TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY.
Let us move PAST the commercialism, PAST the hatred, PAST the petty differences and just try to GET ALONG on this rock before it no longer exists, okay?