There seem fewer articles this year about the “War on Christmas”. Happy Holidays receives fewer complaints.
And, this is as it should be because the Christian faith has no business claiming ownership of this time of year. This season was celebrated long before the Christian faith came into being.
The rightful “owners” of the holiday season are those of older religions or secular groups who only celebrate the Winter Solstice. This time of the year has traditionally been about the shortest day, not bowing down to something or someone.
One group we know about who celebrated this time of year before Christians were competitors, pagans. They, of course, do not have exclusive rights either because other religions preceded them.
The secularization of Christmas began long before Happy Holidays. I listened to a radio station play “Christmas” music the other day. Maybe one out of five tunes had anything to do with the religion. “I’ll Have a Blue Christmas”, “Daddy Don’t Get Drunk this Christmas”, “White Christmas” and “Jingle Bells” were played, songs pagans would enjoy, too.
My advice to Christians would be to lighten up on the “Happy Holiday” complaints and be thankful for the huge amount of religion that remains. There still is, after all, a national holiday named, “Christmas Day”. No other religion or non religion has made a marketing coup like that one.
We who have not seen evidence there was a birth of any god figure on December 25, or any other date, enjoy the season more with less religion.
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(For any local folks who would like to meet Freethinkers, our annual Solstice Potluck is this Sunday, Fargo Public Library, 1 PM, Fercho Room.)