I wasn't going to pull out the old "can't we all just get along" holiday soap box this year. But, sadly, my annual rant on the subject is still relevant.
Once again, I've been reading tweets, posts, blogs, etc. from small-minded people who feel they need to define "Christmas" (and, usually, other holidays) for other people.
Once again, I've been called hypocritical for being an atheist who celebrates a secular "Christmas". Because, simply by uttering the name, "CHRISTmas", I must be acknowledging the validity of the Christian savior, right?
Poppycock and balderdash.
If I call the fifth day of the week "Thursday", does that also mean that I believe in the Norse god of Thunder?
And yet, on one side you have Christians claiming that non-Christians are usurping "their" holiday. On another, you have atheists denouncing any suggestion of holiday trimmings as perpetuating commercialism or religion. And then there is yet a third group of Pagans and such who will be happy to 'splain to you all about how the Christians stole their holiday traditions in the first place.
And, so, once again, I say to all three camps: "Thhbbbt."
Get over yourself.
If you think there is only one way and reason to celebrate Christmas, well, that's fine. But, in the words of one of my favorite Mythbusters, "I reject your reality and substitute my own."
There is more than enough room on and around December for all the celebrations one could want.
Setting aside for the moment that there are a ton of other holidays also celebrated in December, trying to define a right and wrong way to celebrate "Christmas" is just egotistical to the extreme. Why would you even care how someone else celebrates? Does it really affect you at all?
So, while you are arguing your semantics, I will be enjoying the lights on my Yule tree, wrapping Christmas presents from Santa (the 1930's Coca-Cola version is preferred in this house), singing traditional songs from many different cultures and religions, and teaching my kids about Hanukkah, Bodhi Day, Winter Solstice and many more of the strange and wonderful traditions, new and old, that people share all over the world.
And if you think I'm doin' it wrong, you can just stuff it in your stocking.
Sorry, but I just refuse to cram myself in the little box of others' preconceptions. It's dark and cramped and no fun at all.
So, I'll just celebrate for my reasons and with my traditions, and you celebrate for and with yours, yeah? And, if it's not too much to ask, can we all call our celebrations whatever we want without arguing about who owns the patents?
Whatever you may celebrate this year, I hope this season is a happy one for you and your loved ones.