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Thursday, November 25, 2004

It's that time of year once again...

The time where you groan because the decorations are up in November. The cards have been in the shops since September, and catalogues full of attractive gift-wrapped products are falling through your letterbox at a rate of knots. Yes it's nearly CHRISTMAS time. But despite all the listed irritations, none of them gets my proverbial goat so much as Christians and their incessant harping on about the TRUE MEANING of Christmas.

Maybe we really should do a talk about the true meaning of Christmas... hmm, let's see. A load of pagans eating as much as they can, getting as drunk as they can, and most probably having a few orgies in order to cheer themselves up because it's cold. Christmas is not about Jesus!!! It's not! So why do Christians rant on about the true meaning of Christmas... because Jesus was probably born in September, like all the best people.

And if they really think that Jesus' birth is the true meaning of Christmas, why do they give each other presents, put decorations up and eat a big meal? What has that got to do with Jesus' birth? Hmm, it's someone else's birthday, so let's give EACH OTHER presents... sense no make.

Having said that, it's obviously not a bad thing to have a special time where we focus on the incarnation. In fact, I will go so far as to say that that is a good thing. But I wish there could be a way to separate the ridiculous fusion of a pagan festival and a spiritual mystery. And I always get caught in a dilemma because I would rather just forget the whole pretense of it being Jesus' birthday and just have a good time for one day in the year, but then I obviously don't want to boycott all the church services that focus on Him.

If anyone has any answers I would be grateful... otherwise, let us eat, drink and be merry... for it's Jesus' fake birthday!

Yours,

Bec the Cynic

3 Comments:

  • Train up a child......................

    Recommendation: either bunk off and be isolated, or go with the flow and feeel uneasy but accepted. Because most Christian people don't want to admit that it is all a huge pagan muddle, even some of the "religious" bits. It's like the attraction of Baal worship in the OT, no one wants to get rid of the high places. We preach to people about worshipping God only in the way he has commanded, and then go ahead and do all sorts of things he doesn't require.

    And now the same debate is about to start here in Brazil!

    Anyway, have a happy Christmas! And presumably you'd like a present????????????

    By Blogger Cora, at 12:46 pm  

  • Sorry no answers!
    Christmas has been bugging me for years. We tried to escape for a few years by going away to a cottage for a week but it didn't really work. I'm at the stage now where I accept it is a pagan festival that Christians tried to take over.Personally I don't feel the need to celebrate Christ's birth on one day of the year but I think the world needs a 'feast' to cheer winter up!
    Have a great holiday!

    By Blogger Anne, at 9:57 pm  

  • Well exactly. I have no problem with us celebrating Christmas just as a festival to cheer us up in the cold. Presents, food, drink, crackers, etc.... I can cope with all of that, as long as we don't pretend it's for some self-righteous spiritual motive. So bring on the merriment!

    By Blogger Bec, at 12:26 pm  

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