Happy Holidays

December 6, 2005

{[Salon.com News How the secular humanist grinch didn’t steal Christmas](http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2005/11/21/christmas/print.html “Salon.com News How the secular humanist grinch didn’t steal Christmas”) } – “In fact, there is no war on Christmas. What there is, rather, is a burgeoning myth of a war on Christmas, assembled out of old reactionary tropes, urban legends, exaggerated anecdotes and increasingly organized hostility to the American Civil Liberties Union. It’s a myth that can be self-fulfilling, as school board members and local politicians believe the false conservative claim that they can’t celebrate Christmas without getting sued by the ACLU and thus jettison beloved traditions, enraging citizens and perpetuating a potent culture-war meme. This in turn furthers the myth of an anti-Christmas conspiracy.”

Ok, maybe I’m getting a little too into this whole X-Mas thing. But seriously, this time of year has gone from being religious to being consumer-driven. Why don’t Christians run ads reminding people about the season instead of asking Wal-Mart to say “merry christmas”?

We forget (or maybe we deny) that, “that December 25 was only adopted in the 4th century as a Christian holiday by the Roman Emperor Constantine, to encourage a common religious festival for both Christians and Pagans.” (link).

People get weird about having christmas trees, well, if you want a tree in a school, then you shouldn’t have a problem with Halloween, should you? How about the Easter Bunny? Maybe they meant “dyed for your sins”? Seriously, thin-skinned people need to realize that there are others of many many beliefs in this country.

I’m all about the celebration of Christmas, but we need to be honest about it’s origins and it’s past.