A letter to my “devout” relatives and friends– THERE IS NO WAR ON CHRISTMAS!

To all my devout relatives and others who believe in building a society of fear: I’m sick of this War on Christmas crap, I am seriously about to unfriend/unfollow people. Sorry, but I can’t take another Christmas of this. Yes, I am about to censor my relatives, here is why:

In the Unites States, Christmas became a Federal Holiday in 1870 since then it has won and continues to eat holidays in December, November. We barely care about Thanksgiving, except that it opens our way to Black Friday and Christmas Shopping. Though the US has citizens from every major religion, no other religious holiday is a US federal holiday. Winter Solstice, Chanukah, and Ramadan are NOT Federal Holidays so let’s show generosity of spirit and be good winners.

Just so everyone’s knows the US Federal Holidays are
New Year’s Day
Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Washington’s Birthday (Sometimes referred to as President’s Day)
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Veterans Day
Thanksgiving Day
Christmas Day

Want more proof on the fake war on Christmas? Look around you.

Santa is in EVERY mall in the United States. Red and Green Bunting is everywhere. f you want to see a Nativity Scene, find a Christian church. While, yes, towns no longer sponsor Nativity Scenes–and I’d say that’s a good thing since we are supposed to have Freedom of Religion–plenty of churches have Nativity Scenes for the season.

Last weekend on the FoodNetwork, I watched Outrageous Christmas, not Outrageous Ramadan. (And I might not celebrate Ramadan, but I’d love a show about the traditions and food of their celebration) Last night, during RAW (WWE Professional Wrestling) Santa and elves showed up. During the breaks, I saw plenty of Christmas commercials, but no Chanukah commercials.

So if your biggest problem is that in certain instances you say to a general group of people “Happy Holidays” rather than “Merry Christmas,” you have no real problem!

Internet memes ignore the fact the USA is only 238 years old. Our traditions have changed with access to technology and mass media. Don’t believe that in Puritan New England that you could be fined for celebrating. Check out this link for more info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christmas_in_Puritan_New_England

Christmas hasn’t always even been celebrated on December 25th.

I could go on and on about how the holiday has changed in 200 years, but it is more important to explain what I think of The War on Christmas Memes”  However, here is a link to the history of Christmas in the US, please check it out! http://www.thehistoryofchristmas.com/ch/in_america.htm

This meme is three years old, but was on my Facebook Feed today:

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This is the WORST kind of meme. It tell people of other faiths to LEAVE. That’s is pretty damn un-Christian and un-Americam since our country was founded on Freedom of Religion. Jewish, Muslim, Wiccan, Hindi and Atheist citizens also live (and are *gasp* born) in this country. They have traditions too–some a lot older than America’s version of Christmas.

Please stop filling my Facebook and Twitter feed with this War on Christmas crap, instead show Christmas Goodness such as more pictures of your Christmas trees and cookie recipes and family togetherness…and you can say it’s a Christmas tree on your Facebook posts.
To get this started, I am reposting a picture of Rosie sleeping under my Christmas Tree which was originally posted on Twitter when I explained why I wasn’t #amwriting. IMG_20141126_171021

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8 responses to this post.

  1. Everyone seems to forget that Christianity has as many fundamentalists as Islam and some of them are no nicer.Whatever happened to the ‘Live and let Live’ attitude?
    If we can’t do without divisive religions maybe we should have State religions which you adopt when you move there and change if you move elsewhere. You can worship the country and try and do your best for it.
    xxx Hugs xxx

    Reply

    • Thanks for the comment, David! I agree we should try to practice, “Live and Let Live” In fact, I’d say in a “melting pot” country like the US, it is of utmost importance.

      The thing that gets me is these memes are often not sent around by people who would identify as Fundamentalist Christians. In fact, the one in the blog was sent around by a fairly middle of the road Christian.

      Maybe they not read the whole thing? Or did they say “Yeah Why should I say Happy Holidays when I was a kid everyone said Merry Christmas and we had no problems.”

      I find it so strange that these trivial subjects get under peoples skin, before they know it they’re spouting hateful, xenophobic rhetoric. Rather than “Love thy neighbor”, they chose the “Do not love the world…” path. Well I guess, both paths are biblical just depends on what verse one reads.

      Hugs!

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  2. Well written. I admire your bravery. Thanks for a great post.

    Reply

  3. Hear hear!
    To me, it always surprised me that conservative commentators went more for the “War On Christmas” approach, and not the MUCH more evident pluralization-and-secularization-of-Christmas issue. In order to keep Christmas as much as a money-maker as possible, our culture has had to secularize it and make it fun for everybody. That’s why the nativity scene is essentially the last vestige of overtly religious tradition in Christmas (recent Kirk Cameron movies aside).

    But when conservatives build up the ‘War on Christmas’, I think they’re actually ENCOURAGING this watering-down. You can either push for Christmas to be accept by everybody, everywhere, or you can push for people to ‘remember the true meaning’: you can’t do both!

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  4. Posted by Denise on December 12, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    I just love you, Beth!

    Reply

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