Humbug Part 2

197993_10152307950285254_1641356914_nHe is the reason for the season.

Keep the “Christ” in CHRISTmas.

The War on Christmas.

All of these are bullshit slogans to remind us that December 25th, a single day out of an entire month, is also the most celebrated day of the entire year. More so, even, than Thanksgiving in the United States even though that is, at least, a secular holiday. Of course the “oppressed Christians” don’t see that. In fact, many are ignorant of the fact that X-mas is not a slur on their Holiday, their pretend messiah, or their religion. In point of fact, X-mas is just a the Latin way of spelling it. Let not that distract from the holy rollers, though.

27914_468591803191251_2093975008_nFor one holiday to dominate an entire month (in fact, it has come to dominate three months from October through December) is completely ridiculous. The stupidity that is around at this time of year is outrageous. In a recent issue of my local paper, where readers can post whatever idiotic thoughts come into their minds, one person wrote “Do Atheists Celebrate Christmas?” The answer, by the way, is “it depends.” I know some Atheists who celebrate it and some who do not. It really all just depends.

In addition to X-mas, there are at least five other holidays that fall into the month of December. There’s Hanukkah, which has nothing to do with a magical lamp or oil, but, instead, a rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after the Maccabees helped to fight off the Greeks. To those who have read First and Second Maccabees, they will know that Hanukkah (Dedication) was the Jewish way of celebrating Sukkot, another eight day festival late. How the story of the lamp and oil came about, I have no idea, but I’ll tell you this much, without the actual historical event of the Maccabean Rebellion in 165 BCE, there would be no Xianity and we would most likely all be “G-dless Heathens”.

Next is Yule which falls anywhere from December 21st and December 23rd. It is a celebration of the Winter Solstice. On December 25th is the Feast of Frau Halle. Both are Pagan Festivals though the former is certainly the more widely known. On December 26th is the beginning of Kwanzaa, a modern holiday that began in the 1960s. And there’s Festivus, a holiday that has sprung out of Seinfeld (yes, people do celebrate it).

That is at least six holidays that people celebrate including X-mas. So why should one day rule an entire month, never mind the two preceding it.

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About MacJew

I am Husband to a beautiful woman, Father to two dogs and two cats. I am dovoutly Jewish. I love to read and write. I am trying to expand my horizons on film beyond the typical Hollywood garbage, so I have been watching foreign films lately. My plans for this blog are to talk about various things that are of interest to me, including Judaism, history, movies, books, et cetera. Anything that comes to mind, really.
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