The War on Festival Spirits

I think it's lame to be offended at being wished "Happy Holidays" because its a "War on Christmas", *and* it's lame to be offended at being wished a "Merry Christmas" just because you don't celebrate the religious holiday. It's just lame to be offended at trivial variations in people's festival spirits[1], period.

Having been born and raised an atheist, I associate almost no religious connotations with Christmas. To me its about a tree and lights and Santa Claus and presents and vacation from school and getting up early for hot chocolate and sticky buns. A national secularized holiday, which some people add some religious aspects to as well. Why would anyone be offended at being wished that kind of Merry Christmas?

And besides, our particular name and celebration for the holiday may be relatively modern, but a midwinter feast and rejoicing is so basic to life on a planet with our degree of axial tilt that if there is intelligent life out there on similar planets, I bet a lot of them celebrate it too. Unlike religion, its not arbitrary and made up, so why stress over the label?

As for the anti-"Happy Holidays" crowd, Jon Stewart said it best. Paraphrasing: "You know, there is more than one holiday at this time of year. And in the english language, such plurals require the use of the letter "S", as in Happy Holidays".

On the other hand, it does seem pretty lame to use holiday in the singular to replace Christmas, as with "Holiday tree". There are a lot of holidays, and we don't associate big dying chunks of evergreen with any others that I know of. Christ may not particularly have anything to do with trees and lights and decorations, but Christmas is what we call this particular holiday, so why not use the right label?

I mean, I don't rip out my eye and hang out with ravens on Wednesday's or run around smashing tall people with hammers on Thursday's, but that doesn't mean we need to change the names for those days of the week. We use days named after ancient Norse gods every week - why begrudge the far more numerous Christians a special name referencing their deity for one day of the year?

fn1. Like, why should anyone care if you spike your egg nog with rum or with irish cream?

Share this

Well said.

Well said.

Thor for President :grin:

Thor for President :grin:

excellent post!!!

excellent post!!!

At my high school they

At my high school they called it a "festive shrubbery", which I liked better than "Christmas tree" because it always reminded me of the Knights who Say "Nee!"

I recently blogged against

I recently blogged against Bill O'Reilly's tirade against the "Happy Holidays" folk: Bloviate this, O'Reilly!

Well put. It's a terrible reason to get upset, and it's not a very christian thing to do: I count malice, greed, jealousy among the possible sins engendered by people who would be offended by the "Happy Holidays" greeting...

festivus for the rest of us.

It’s just lame to be

It’s just lame to be offended at trivial variations in people’s festival spirits1, period.

But it's particularly lame to control the whole country and desperately grasp at reasons to claim victimhood.

The whole "war on Christmas" thing might have made sense in the early 90's, but oppressive political correctness went out with Vanilla Ice.

The only reason any of the

The only reason any of the stores is saying happy holidays is that Jews have economic and political influence that is fairly large, disproportionately so compared to their percentage of the population. And Muslims apparently get the sympathy vote lately. "Holiday tree" on the other hand I don't understand at all, because what tradition are people following that has them put up a tree if it's not a Christmas tradition? The tree may have secular roots but it certainly didn't come to the US via a secular path. The PC crowd is just latching onto the whole happy holidays thing and pushing the holiday tree thing to try to further brainwash people into thinking there is no such thing as American culture or tradition. That reason alone is enough for me to *stop* saying happy holidays, and I never have and never will call a Christmas tree a "holiday tree."

BTW, in Japan they're definitely Christmas trees and they have Merry Christmas signs (actually Merry X'mas) everywhere, and they're certainly not Christian!

Gee, a big atheist love-fest

Gee, a big atheist love-fest seems to have broken out. I’m an atheist myself, but even I find this boring. I think what’s needed here is a devil’s advocate; and I’m just the man for the job…

Let’s start with a little Jeremiah 10:

God and Idols
1 Hear what the LORD says to you, O house of Israel.
2 This is what the LORD says:
"Do not learn the ways of the nations
or be terrified by signs in the sky,
though the nations are terrified by them.

3 For the customs of the peoples are worthless;
they cut a tree out of the forest,
and a craftsman shapes it with his chisel.

4 They adorn it with silver and gold;
they fasten it with hammer and nails
so it will not totter.

5 Like a scarecrow in a melon patch,
their idols cannot speak;
they must be carried
because they cannot walk.
Do not fear them;
they can do no harm
nor can they do any good.”

8 They are all senseless and foolish;
they are taught by worthless wooden idols.

9 Hammered silver is brought from Tarshish
and gold from Uphaz.
What the craftsman and goldsmith have made
is then dressed in blue and purple—
all made by skilled workers.

10 But the LORD is the true God;
he is the living God, the eternal King.
When he is angry, the earth trembles;
the nations cannot endure his wrath.

11 "Tell them this: ’These gods, who did not make the heavens and the earth, will perish from the earth and from under the heavens.’ ”

14 Everyone is senseless and without knowledge;
every goldsmith is shamed by his idols.
His images are a fraud;
they have no breath in them.

15 They are worthless, the objects of mockery;
when their judgment comes, they will perish.

So, that’s what Jeremiah thinks of your axial tilt celebration…

by Gravity

Whew, or how about this

Whew, or how about this (stolen from David J. Meyer)?

They tell us that it is the season to be jolly. It is a time of ornaments, red and green decorations, silver bells, holly, mistletoe and colored lights. It is also a time of department store Santas calling out their universal mantra, "Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas." Nearly all of the realm of so-called "Christianity" join in and repeat this same greeting, "Merry Christmas!"

Although we hear these words constantly as they resonate millions of times throughout the land, almost nobody understands what they are really saying. It is the purpose of this tract to take the words, "Merry Christmas" and examine the true meaning and essence of those words.

A true Christian would want to examine everything they say, because Jesus said in Matthew 12:36-37, "But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgement. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned." We will now set aside all of the customs, glitter and traditions of Christmas, which were taken from pagan witchcraft and popularized by the Roman Catholic Church, and we will focus on the true meaning of the words, "Merry Christmas!"

The word "Merry" is simple to define. It unquestionably means to be happy, joyful and light-hearted. The word "merry" fits into the ambience of laughter and frivolity. This word "merry" by itself is innocent and innocuous enough, but as we will now see, it becomes heinously blasphemous when used with the word "Christmas."

Here let it be noted that most people think that the word, "Christmas" means "the birth of Christ." By definition, it means "death of Christ", and I will prove it by using the World Book Encyclopedia, the Catholic Encyclopedia, and a book entitled, The Mass In Slow Motion.

If you are an honest, sincere and discerning Christian, please read on; if not, you might as well stop right here. The World Book Encyclopedia defines "Christmas" as follows: "The word Christmas comes from "Cristes Maesse", an early English phrase that means "Mass of Christ." (1) It is interesting to note that the word "Mass", as used by the Roman Catholics, has traditionally been rejected by the so-called Protestants, such as Lutherans, Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, Pentecostals and so on. The word "Mass" is strictly a Catholic word and thus, so is "Christ-Mass."

It would stand to reason, that since all of these denominations love and embrace "Christ-Mass", that December 25th is the great homecoming day, when all of the Protestants become Catholic for a day. It would seem that all of the so-called "wayward daughters" of the Romish church return to their mother, the scarlet harlot. Thus, all of the so-called Protestant churches could sing to the Pope that popular song "I'll be home for Christmas."

As previously stated, the word "Mass" in religious usage means a "death sacrifice." The impact of this fact is horrifying and shocking; for when the millions of people are saying, "Merry Christmas", they are literally saying "Merry death of Christ!" Furthermore, when the fat man in the red suit laughs boisterously and says, "Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas", he is mocking and laughing at the suffering and bleeding Saviour, who died for our sins. He does this while parents place their little children into his waiting arms to hear his false promises of gifts that he says he will give them. Consider what you are saying when you say "Merry Christmas."

What is so amusing about our Saviour's painful death? What is so funny? Why is Santa laughing? Why are you going along with it? Your words do count and Satan knows it. Yes, the word "Mass" does mean "death sacrifice", and to cement that fact, we will consider the definition of the inventors of the religious application of the word "Mass." I am looking at page 537 of the Catholic Encyclopedia, which says, "In the Christian law, the supreme sacrifice is that of the Mass." It goes on to say, "The supreme act of worship consists essentially in an offering of a worthy victim to God, the offering made by a proper person, as a priest, the destruction of the victim." (2) Please note carefully the word, "victim" of the Mass. The Latin word for victim is "Hostia" from which the word "host" is derived. The Mass, by definition of those who coined the word, is a sacrifice involving a victim. There is no other meaning for the word "Mass" or "Christ-Mass." On page 110 of a book entitled "The Mass In Slow Motion", we find the following words: "It is only with the consecration that the sacrifice of the Mass is achieved. I have represented the Mass to you, more than once, as a kind of ritual dance." (3)

In essence, the Mass is the ceremonial slaying of Jesus Christ over and over again, followed by the eating of his flesh and the drinking of his blood. The Mass is the death sacrifice, and the "Host" is the victim. This is official Roman Catholic doctrine, and "Christmas" is a word that they invented. Again, I ask, what is so merry about the pain, bleeding, suffering and death of Jesus Christ? Satan has done quite a job of getting millions of so-called "Christians" to blaspheme. What a deceiver he is.
Now you know the true meaning of the word "Christmas" or Mass of Christ. There is much more to know about this pagan holiday, and we will be glad to provide you with plenty of evidence that Jesus was not born on December 25th, and that Christmas is not only a lie, but is actually a witches' sabbat called "Yule" in clever disguise. Please contact us at the address below, and for the sake of your soul, flee from idolatry!

David J. Meyer

The whole Christmas greeting

The whole Christmas greeting thing got me wondering. Can I claim offense every time I finish a transaction at a store and the employees don't say "God bless you"?

Gee, a big atheist love-fest

Gee, a big atheist love-fest seems to have broken out.

I think atheism is sexy!

Furthermore, when the fat

Furthermore, when the fat man in the red suit laughs boisterously and says, “Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas", he is mocking and laughing at the suffering and bleeding Saviour, who died for our sins...Again, I ask, what is so merry about the pain, bleeding, suffering and death of Jesus Christ? Satan has done quite a job of getting millions of so-called “Christians” to blaspheme. What a deceiver he is.

Now you know the true meaning of the word “Christmas” or Mass of Christ. There is much more to know about this pagan holiday, and we will be glad to provide you with plenty of evidence that Jesus was not born on December 25th, and that Christmas is not only a lie, but is actually a witches’ sabbat called “Yule” in clever disguise.

Thanks for the info! I'm *definitely* going to say Merry Christmas now. Blaspheming the holy day and all of Christianity while appearing to conform? That's f-ing SWEET!

:twisted: :twisted: :twisted: Happy Holidays - and Merry Chrismas! :twisted: :twisted: :twisted:

Actually, all of

Actually, all of Christianity is a celebration of the pain and suffering of their savior, so I don't see what they guy is getting so worked up about. They wear sculptures of their savior nailed to a cross and bleeding to death around their necks, for crying out loud.