The Battle For Christmas?
I am a BIG FAN of Yahoo Answers!! Seriously, I need a 12-step program for as much time as I spend over there. I float between Religion & Spirituality and whatever current holiday is coming up…so Christmas right now (they don’t have a Yule or Winter Solstice section). Well the topic of Christmas is a hot one. Some of the Christians don’t want anyone but themselves celebrating (and these are the ones unaware of the history of Christmas) and some Atheists & Pagans are on the “you stole the holiday so christians shouldn’t celebrate”. Now I personally don’t care who does or doesn’t. My only involvement is in educating those who are completely unaware of the creation of Christmas. This morning I saw a question posted that I absolutely felt like doing some cartwheels over. Sadly, hardly anyone has responded (pretty typical when its difficult to argue the issue at hand. I am copying and pasting this question and will include a link for you all to see the responses.
No one can celebrate Christmas, or everyone can?
Now, this season’s festivities, as far back as we can tell, were Pagan festivities. The Church accepts this, and this is fact. Christmas was born from Pagan tradition and festivities. Celebrating at this time of year with the tree, the gifts, the decorations and the food were all originally Pagan.
Christians saw this, wanted it, and started their own festivities that happen this time of year, relatively recently. The meaning of the festivities is different for them however, they changed it the meaning for themselves, so the things this season includes celebrate the birth of Christ.
This is acceptable, obviously. It is nice that they do that. I don’t see any Pagans who mind them doing this.
However, this leads me to saying: If Christians can take a celebration, and change the meaning for themselves, and see that as alright and acceptable, then why can’t atheists do the same, and Christians see that as acceptable?
If atheists can’t put their own meaning in the festivities, then neither can you, so there. Nur. Stop celebrating it. It seems to be a case of ‘WE STOLE IT FIRST! YOU CANT HAVE IT!’
It goes like this. Either NONE of us celebrate this season aside from Pagans, or ALL of us can bring our own meaning to the festivities. Which is it to be, guys? Gonna stop yer bitchin’ now?