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Merry what now?

Why yes, actually, I *do* know the "reason for the season." Several centuries after Jesus' death, early Christians co-opted several winter observances, including the Romans' Saturnalia and Sol Invictus Festival, the Celts' solstice rituals, and the Pagans' Yule, in order to find acceptance and ingratiate themselves to the local populaces they were seeking to convert, leading to today's capitalistic and materialistic celebrations that blur the line between church and state and lead the radical right to pop a vein over their non-existent self-identified discrimination.

Thanks for asking. Ho, ho, ho! :)


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Dec. 18th, 2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
The other thing that is SO ANNOYING about that particular little aphorism is that it seems to ignore who this season has become a huge season for charity, kindness, celebration, and thoughtfulness, even at its most secular! Just because we've moved away from "Happy birthday, baby Jesus!" (setting aside the fact that as you said, that isn't exactly its pure origin), that doesn't mean we've fallen headlong into thoughtless, meaningless commercialism. Lots of good things happen around this time of year--things even JESUS would think were cool--and in part because the holiday has expanded and taken on a life beyond the birth of the christ child.
Dec. 18th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
Which is made funnier by the fact that it's fairly obvious December 25 is NOT his birthday. Even more funnier in that he didn't even WANT people to celebrate his birthday. WTF, people? Learn your history and STFU!
Dec. 18th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
Axial Tilt is the Reason for the Season!
Dec. 18th, 2009 09:24 pm (UTC)
Dec. 18th, 2009 08:53 pm (UTC)
I'm reminded of this blog post I ganked from Will Shetterly. (If you read my FB, you've probably already seen both it and the followup from my uncle.)
Dec. 18th, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
I do not follow Facebook very closely, but that's a wonderful post, and ever so true.
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Dec. 20th, 2009 06:26 am (UTC)
Oh, I don't know how far off the mark it was. There's nothing in the Bible that says anything about Jesus' birthdate, so why not dovetail with what the local heathens are celebrating? Makes it easier on everyone, no? But, yes, the tides of history usually do take a few thousand years to wipe all that away, no doubt. :) (The last part about the "War on Christmas" is, of course, completely true.)
Dec. 19th, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)
Put the Thor back in Thursday!
Dec. 19th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
I think I love you.
Dec. 20th, 2009 04:15 pm (UTC)
The putting-the-fun-in-fundamentalist types are fighting back, with little articles "debunking" the idea that Christmas is a Pagan holiday.

Too bad so much of the early church fathers' fretting over the Pagan holiday still exists and can be read.

On the other side are Christians arguing that Christianity should get rid of Christmas altogether. These ones are full of really weird shit, like claims that the Romans practised human sacrifice widely.
Dec. 22nd, 2009 07:06 pm (UTC)
What the--?

I thought we were celebrating the birth of Santa!?
Dec. 22nd, 2009 07:35 pm (UTC)
No, no, no - his resurrection.

Santa died for your sins, after all.

Edited at 2009-12-22 07:37 pm (UTC)
Dec. 22nd, 2009 08:09 pm (UTC)
Oh noes, my work computer won't show me the picture. Will have to wait till later. :(

"Santa died for your sins, after all."
Is that why he's so angry? *cowers under bed*
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