Last week’s issue included this story, which naturally brought an incredibly whiny complaint by someone who clearly didn’t understand the concept at all:
Happy Politically Correct Holiday
There’s a war raging between those who want a Merry Christmas and those who don’t want to offend anyone and wish “Happy Holidays” instead. The rift is “related to a whole series of moral and religious issues,” says church history professor Bill Leonard of Wake Forest University’s Divinity School. Christians have long lamented the commercialization of Christmas, and “Happy Holidays” is the result, he says. “If they want to put Christ back in Christmas, they should skip the mall and give that money to the poor.” (St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times) …Yeah, but who wants to put their money where their mouth is?
Just a bit of the rather lengthy diatribe received:
Christmas is about Christ, and His birth into this world, God’s gift of eternal forgiveness of sins and a way for man to be reconciled back to God. That the rest of the world wants to make it a Winter Holiday Season or any other such nonsense is without merit. For these people to tell me that I can no longer call it Christmas is an outright affront and an attempt to paganize a very important spiritual holiday. –Joey in Tennessee
The Point Zoomed Over His Head
So here’s a guy who demands that the world acknowledge Christmas is “holy” (and there’s “no merit” to any other beliefs held by the majority of humanity), yet he has no clue whatever about how the day that’s So Very Important to him came about. I’ll bet he wonders why people laugh at him, roll their eyes, and move away from his church, instead of join it? He has no idea that December 25th was selected for “Christ’s Mass” (later simplified to “Christmas”), and not “Jesus’s birthday.”
Why choose such a date, when Christ was clearly not born in December? Because there was already a winter festival around that time — the winter solstice — that was heartily celebrated by (yes!) the Pagans, whom early Christians were trying to convert. Pagans were celebrating the birth (ah ha!) of their sun god since, from the Winter Solstice on, the days were getting longer again.
And Joey wants to rant about how terrible it is for some people who (in his opinion) want to “Paganize” Christmas?! Why not take a megaphone out on the street and scream “I’m ignorant! You all must follow my way!”?
But then again, that is what he’s doing, isn’t it?
No doubt I’ll get some rants on how “Christmas is NOT Pagan!” (Correct, it’s not; it’s simply a Christian twist on an already celebrated Pagan holiday.)
I wonder if Joey would spend time on acting like a Christian, he’d get more people interested in his beliefs? Which, of course, is precisely what the story was about in the first place.
For much more detail into the history of Christmas, Wikipedia is your friend.
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