Debunking Christmas…again.

It’s that time of year again when the “flaky pagans” (as my moderately pagan friend Ericka calls them), the atheists, the recovering Catholics, the Old Light Presbyterians, the Scrooges, and the generally-pissed-off-by-organized-religion folks will drag out the arguments against Christmas. I feel a certain camaraderie with this motley group, having been one of them myself for many years. Nevertheless, in my advancing years, I have begun to see the sense in Christmas.

Yes, I know that celebrating Christmas on December 25th stems from the pagan Solstice festivals. I’ll give you that. On a particularly curmudgeonly day, I might begin to agree with you that the “Catholic” Church (actually the ONLY Church in the West at the time) placed it on the calendar in order to squelch said pagan holiday. But on a normal, only moderately curmudgeonly day I might argue that detail with you, basing my argument on the fact that the timing makes perfect sense, liturgically speaking.

Take a measure of Winter Solstice (the longest, darkest day of the year), add a pinch of Jesus being the “Light of the World,” mix it with a dash of early Jewish celebrations falling at the same time of the year. Bake for a few minutes and you get a rich and meaningful holiday.

But go back to the link I posted a couple days ago, and you’ll see that the result isn’t necessarily a sweet confection; not light and fluffy at all.

Are you as tired as I am of this baking analogy? Good, it was falling flat for me, too.

Back to that article. Here’s a new link to it. The essence of it is that Christmas is kind of the calm before the storm, but that it doesn’t last long. Within a short time, the government tries to kill the infant and winds up succeeding some thirty years later, with the compliance of and at the bequest of the religious. Now THAT’S the kind of debunking that gets me going. Christmas heralds a society-churning, power-opposing revolution. It doesn’t foretell a revolution of nice guys. It ushers in the Kingdom of God, where everything gets turned upside-down, where the poor are blessed, where the meek inherit the earth, where those who have now will lose everything. It’s about Justice. That’ll piss a lot of people off, eh?

Kind of makes me wonder why the generally-pissed-off-at-organized-religion types don’t embrace this time of year.

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One Response to “Debunking Christmas…again.”

  1. “Christmas heralds a society-churning, power-opposing revolution. It doesn’t foretell a revolution of nice guys. It ushers in the Kingdom of God, where everything gets turned upside-down, where the poor are blessed, where the meek inherit the earth, where those who have now will lose everything. It’s about Justice. That’ll piss a lot of people off, eh?

    Kind of makes me wonder why the generally-pissed-off-at-organized-religion types don’t embrace this time of year.”
    You’re right! Funny video guy.

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