The War on Christmas

Every year we hear the O’Reillys of the world whine about the indignity of having to say “happy holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.” (Everyone who insists on saying Merry Christmas is, of course, a huge defender of Israel. lol.) They apparently take offense at the notion that not everyone is wrapped up in their “holiday spirit.”

The spirit—which somehow stems from the date of the birth of Jesus being moved from the spring to the solstice by order of the Roman government, overlaid with pagan images of trees and reindeer and a flying fatman who bears a striking resemblance to a Jew, are used in an idolatrous orgy of consumerism—is, to me, a month or more long annoyance. It seems like the “holiday season” gets longer every year. Costco started carrying Christmas shit in late August.

Of course the “war on christmas” is code language for the culture wars in general. Of course, the irony is, christmas is a terrible proxy for the culture wars since it is almost entirely unhinged from its religious moorings and is in reality a secular phenomenon. Hence the calls for putting “christ back in christmas.”

I really wish everyone would shut up and stop it.

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One thought on “The War on Christmas”

  1. No, the calls for “putting Christ back in Christmas” are, by and large, of a piece with the rest of this blather. It’s all about refusing to acknowledge that any other religious traditions celebrate holidays on or about the winter solstice, and/or denying that white bigots should so far extend common courtesy as to admit the fact when speaking to a member of another faith.

    No one, and I mean NO ONE involved in promoting the spurious idea that there exits a ‘War on Xmas’ outside their own fevered ego has any intention of challenging what you rightly describe as an idolatrous orgy of consumerism. Since the vast majority are media figures, said orgy directly contributes to their paychecks via ad revenue to their corporate masters. “Putting Christ back…” etc is merely a means to make the rubes feel virtuous while they stand in line for the chance to rack up more credit card debt.

    Also: “a flying fatman who bears a striking resemblance to a Jew.” LOL, now I’m envisioning Hasidic Santa, with those sideburns and a fringe peeping out from under his red suit. “And I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight/ “Chanuka Sameach” to all, and to all geh shlufen!” (thanks Wikipedia)

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