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Sunday, December 18, 2005


Yes, this is more than a greeting, it is indeed a statement, or so the recent hullaballoo in the news would make it seem. I just read an article about a protest being staged against Wal-Mart by a church group. What struck me about the whole ordeal, was that the minister, who was very upset that Wal-Marts decision to use "Happy Holidays" might be a blatant attempt to secularize the Christian holiday, chose to stage his protest dressed in a Santa costume.

What may I ask Reverend, does Santa have to do with Jesus? The perversion of the christian holiday began at it's inception. After all, early christians, you know, the guys who actually followed Christ around, didn't celebrate his birth. They celebrated his death. Do your homework. Christmas was brought in centuries later when the Roman empire was trying to get the Christians and the Pagans to fight togeher in wars to further state interests. The pagan holiday simply took on some christian flavor. Most of our traditional Christmas trappings are pagan in nature. Very few have anything to do with the Christ child. But don't take my word for it. By all means do a little reasearch, or maybe read your copy of the Bible. Jesus said to commemorate his death, not his birth, and the date of the birth was never clearly laid out. The reason for the season, varries from person to person and family to family. Get over it.

Now of course, I don't have a personal issue with these things, but one would think that before you stage a protest on the matter, you would consider your costume a bit better and make sure you aren't contributing to the very "Problem" you are there to protest.

All right, I feel better having gotten that out of my system. So happy merrychistmahannakwazikayule to eveybody cool enough not to be offended by the tolerant inclusion of everybody else.



  • At 1:29 PM, Blogger Diana Castilleja said…

    Hi Ronii, just thought I'd drop by and check out your latest. And I think you all but nailed it. The holidays are warped, by well, the holidays. Everyone, (and I do mean everyone) wants to have their own statment, voice, color coded name tags, whatever. But no one is old enought remember the 'reason' correctly. (Could you imagine being 2K years old! Oh my! The gray hair!) And yes, most the 'Christian' holiday is built from the pagan celebratory nuance rather than the 'death' of Christ. Would put a damper on the commercialism, wouldn't it? Ahem... and there folks is the current reason for the season - The all mighty dollar.

    To everyone else, Happy Holidays, regardless of where you live, how you live, what you look like, if you eat or if you don't. Diana C.

  • At 12:22 PM, Blogger Glenn Walker said…

    Bravo, Ronii!

    At my house we celebrate both Christmas and Channukah, and help friends celebrate Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa and believe it or not, Saturnalia - the very reason we place Christmas on December 25th. This whole hubbub just stuns me.

    Happy Holidays, and I mean that in the sincerest way possible! ;-)



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