This article isn’t meant to offend, but rather to educate. Anyone who still thinks Christmas has anything to do with Jesus of Nazareth is a moronic, ignorant boob and that’s putting it lightly. Let me elaborate.
Christmas celebrates the Solstice, the longest night of the year. It started out as a Pagan holiday, and Christians stole it because at the time they wanted to eradicate Paganism and engulfing the Pagan’s holiday made everyone forget that Dec. 25 is an astronomical turning point; the days get longer, the nights shorter.
In America, however, the connotation of Christmas is one of commercialism and back-ass-wardness. Like Jim Gaffigan puts it:
“Honey, why is there a pine tree in our living room?”
“I LIKE IT! We’re gonna decorate it for Jesus …”
“Kinda sounds like the behavior of a drunk person, really.”
My thought is that Christmas is a masquerade. People go to midnight mass and think they’re part of an organization that spreads good spirit, but in reality ‘Christmas joy’ is a euphemism for teaching little kids to expect presents from a godlike figure for not acting like animals.
The Santa Claus thing makes kids believe in false justice; that if you do good and have integrity, then some magical being will reward you with cheap plastic bullshit that you’ll stop enjoying within a month. Why not teach kids that integrity is its own reward? Why not reward children with something worthwhile? Because it’s not what they WANT?
And Christmas has sunk its claws into my religion as well. Hanukkah isn’t important. It’s not an important holiday at all in the Jewish calendar. Jews in the US opted to give presents during winter to fit in with Christians.
Despite all the bullshit that surrounds these gift-giving holidays, there’s a lot about Christmas and Hanukkah that’s redeeming and meaningful. Spending time with your family, eating DELICIOUS food, putting thought into a present that you can’t wait to give to someone you love and helping the less fortunate are all things that should be done more often.
No doubt I hate all the commercialism, shitty music, false justice, false happiness, false a LOT of things that surround December, but giving your time and love to other people is godlike.
And “Merry Christmas, Charlie Brown” is totally awesome and heartwarming.