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Thursday, December 25, 2014

A lesson for the non-celebrants

This is not how you respond to holiday well-wishers:
A passenger was tossed off a plane at La Guardia Airport on Tuesday after flipping out — because airline workers wished him a merry Christmas.

The man was waiting to board American Airlines Flight 1140 to Dallas when a cheerful gate agent began welcoming everyone with the Yuletide greeting while checking boarding passes. The grumpy passenger, who appeared to be traveling alone, barked at the woman, “You shouldn’t say that because not everyone celebrates Christmas.”

The agent replied, “Well, what should I say then?”

“Don’t say, ‘Merry Christmas!’ ” the man shouted before brushing past her.

Once on the plane, he was warmly greeted by a flight attendant who also wished him a “merry Christmas.” That was the last straw.

“Don’t say, ‘Merry Christmas!’ ” the man raged before lecturing the attendants and the pilot about their faux pas.
I have to admit, I not only don't celebrate them, but I don't even know what half the festivals represented are when people wish me "buona festa" over the course of the year. During certain summer months nary a week goes by that everyone isn't off work for some Catholic feast or Communist-created celebration of the working class. And it has never once occurred to me to respond by explaining that I do not celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Labor Day, or la Festa della Repubblica to anyone.

My usual response on such occasions is the same as that of my Jewish friend, who smiles and says "thank you, you too" whenever he is wished a Merry Christmas. If nothing else, it's nice to see people who are in a good mood while out and about.

That's the practical aspect. From philosophical perspective, it must be admitted that whether one celebrates a holiday or not, it indubitably and materially exists. One would assume that any genuinely rational atheist would understand that.

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Blogger TontoBubbaGoldstein December 25, 2014 10:57 AM  

The grumpy passenger, who appeared to be traveling alone, barked at the woman, “You shouldn’t say that because not everyone celebrates Christmas.”

"Happy Festivus, MFer!"

Blogger IM2L844 December 25, 2014 11:04 AM  

Merry Christmas, everyone. God bless you and yours!

Blogger Jason Roberts December 25, 2014 11:04 AM  

The depraved mind to which the godless have been given over really is beginning to be revealed.

Anonymous Titus Didius Tacitus December 25, 2014 11:14 AM  

Merry Christmas, everyone.

Anonymous NateM December 25, 2014 11:16 AM  

I had a Jewish roommate in college who admitted he thought it was dumb that people demanded use if Happy Holidays to acknowledge all the different ones. Basically because Hanukkah is no where near as important to Jews (not one of the high holy days) as Christmas is to Christians (probably the number 2 religious day).

Anonymous Rolf December 25, 2014 11:17 AM  

Christmas is a day on the calendar. You can still wish a Godless, amoral heathen a merry Christmas, meaning you hope they have a good day. Or, you could tell them, "Merry Christmas, unless you are not a Christian, in which case don't be a boorish putz and piss on the holiday for the rest of us, the 90% in this nation who ARE happy to have a good one."

When in Rome, etc. I'm agnostic, but I still get offended by the annoying busy-bodies that get offended by the Christian majority of the nation wishing others well.

Merry Christmas, ya'll.

Anonymous NorthernHamlet December 25, 2014 11:33 AM  

Technically, in my industry, we are under the assumption we are legally obligated to use "Happy Holidays" and can't say "Merry Christmas."

Serious.

Blogger swiftfoxmark2 December 25, 2014 11:35 AM  

Hey there Mr. Atheist, Merry F*cking Christmas!

Blogger swiftfoxmark2 December 25, 2014 11:38 AM  

Geez, even Hell celebrates Christmas: http://youtu.be/mmaMfXwlq90

Anonymous jay c December 25, 2014 11:41 AM  

I don't celebrate Christmas and I don't think other Christians should either. However, it seems a pretty minor offense in the grand scheme of things, and for the sake of civility and Western Civilization, I generally just say "Merry Christmas to you too." After all, I really do hope my fellow believers all have a great day, whether it's Christmas or not. And at Sukkot, if you want to wish me "Chag sameach Sukkot," and sing a couple of Christmas carols with me, I wouldn't mind a bit.

...which reminds me, my comment on the previous post got caught in the spam filter.

Blogger YIH December 25, 2014 11:43 AM  

Something I mentioned last year, about the *ahem* ''festivities'' at the FL Capitol, as in, the Nativity, the festivus pole (made out Pabst Blue Ribbon beer cans, for the extra-special 'hipster' touch) a Hanukkah menorah, Christmas trees, and the flying spaghetti monster but last year they figured letting the satanists play as well was a bit too much.
Guess who gets to join in all their reindeer games this year? Yep, you guessed it.
Someone got ticked off and started to rip apart the satanic display...
And got busted of course.
But with that said, Merry Christmas Everyone!
And Whiskey Betaman, a happy belated Chanukah ;)

Blogger Jew613 December 25, 2014 11:51 AM  

Atheists are truly a miserable bunch, and as this case demonstrates they make themselves the most miserable.

Anonymous Steve December 25, 2014 11:57 AM  

Never had any of my Jewish, Muslim, Hindu or Miscellaneous colleagues or clients reply with anything but a warm "you too!" when I wish them a happy Christmas.

I pity the fool who can't take an expression of goodwill.

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Vox. After the kids tire of their new toys and go to bed I'm looking forward to getting back to reading "A Desert Called Peace".

Blogger Tank December 25, 2014 12:27 PM  

Luckily, those assholes are the exception.

Anonymous Scintan December 25, 2014 12:47 PM  

I don't celebrate Christmas and I don't think other Christians should either.

That makes no sense.

Anonymous Will Best December 25, 2014 1:04 PM  

There seem to be two reasons people get offended with "Merry Christmas"

1) You are religious, and your religion is at war with Christianity
2) Guilt/shame over own lack of faith and thus the need to lash out at anybody that creates the reminder

Blogger Cinco December 25, 2014 1:04 PM  

After my little ones finished opening their gifts I went for a 5 mile run on Daytona Beach. I thought I would have the whole beach to myself; but, to my surprise there were probably 50 people out on the beach walking and playing in the sand. I wished Merry Christmas to all that I made eye contact with and everyone returned the greeting.

Blogger Josh December 25, 2014 1:10 PM  

I don't celebrate Christmas and I don't think other Christians should either.

/facepalm

Anonymous hygate December 25, 2014 1:11 PM  

Some people are just born assholes.

Here's a song about it.

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=the+asshole+song&FORM=VIRE6#view=detail&mid=B90B5F9541AF2F776B2DB90B5F9541AF2F776B2D

Blogger Manach December 25, 2014 1:16 PM  

Felix dies Nativitatis / Merry Christmas.

Anonymous SGOTI December 25, 2014 1:18 PM  

Some of our oldest friends, a Jewish family, had us over for a Christmas brunch every year and gave us presents. They and all of their neighbors would wish us a hearty Merry Christmas.

We'd join them many years for a seder, my Scots-Irish mother bringing charoset she made, and enjoying reknown for her pretty mean matzoh ball soup. After the last glass of wine, she and my "aunt" would break Jewish protocol for a last gin martini on the back patio.

It's not that difficult. Miserable people are simply miserable.

Anonymous Jeigh Di December 25, 2014 1:30 PM  

There is power in the Name, even in as diluted form as Christmas, so Satan will do anything he can to prevent it being spoken.

Blogger David December 25, 2014 1:37 PM  

Lots of people now spoiling for a fight, and it matters not to them why. Best to just avoid them as it's not yet socially acceptable to shoot them.

Loving ourselves in the person of others seems so natural to me, even when the others seem particularly oblivious to the folks around them. Are we not all children of creation?

None of us sees ourselves as the bad guy. When faced by an adversary it's important to recall Heinlein's quote about this. Also, living according to the rule "give no offense, accept no offense " seems so obvious.

Blogger Michael Maier December 25, 2014 1:52 PM  

Wow... those Florida Satanists can't even make a website that's readable. Not a very good step forward for Lucifer.

Anonymous zen0 December 25, 2014 1:53 PM  

I don't know if I am imagining it, but I have heard more people saying "Merry Christmas" this year than previous ones. Almost defiantly, in fact. Maybe people are getting fed up with suppressing themselves for sake of the endlessly sensitive. At least, I would like to think so.

Anonymous paradox December 25, 2014 1:57 PM  

don't celebrate Christmas and I don't think other Christians should either. However, it seems a pretty minor offense in the grand scheme of things

I'll make Josh's facepalm a double facepalm. FYI... The first sentence kinda negates the celebration of Christmas as representing a petty offense to you.

Blogger Rigel Kent December 25, 2014 2:02 PM  

Speaking as a thoroughly non-religious agnostic, if you become upset because somebody sincerely wishes you a "Merry Christmas" (or any other holiday greetings) you have mental problems.

Blogger YIH December 25, 2014 2:06 PM  

Michael Maier:
That is a rather ugly website isn't it? Appropriate, I guess.
But even uglier is how Holowood often depicts Christmas:
Merry Christmas Movies . . . NOT! Part 2 — Anti-Christmas Movies.
Perhaps the most unsettling Christmas movie was the original Gremlins (1984). Though directed by Joe Dante, Steven Spielberg’s production company, Amblin Entertainment, released it. Time magazine characterized the film as being “developed and ‘presented'” by Spielberg and being one of his “children too.”
And those who are jewish wonder why there's increasing disgust with them.

Blogger Danby December 25, 2014 2:10 PM  

And i was just wished a Merry Christmas by the Sikh who owns the local convenience store. And why not? Human happiness is not some plot of the Tempter.

Anonymous TLM December 25, 2014 2:11 PM  

I'm do not consider myself one of those tough-guy types that starts sh*t at the slightest slight, real or perceived, but I do not avoid confrontation. In fact, I'm comfortable with it. However, if there is one group of people in this world that I'll never start and/or finish anything with is airline employees while I'm traveling. These folks can/will/and do utilize the petty dictator power they've been given since 9/11 to mess with people that screw with them. So the guy in the story is not only an atheist, but a dumb-ass as well.

Anonymous jay c December 25, 2014 2:25 PM  

I've made my views on Christmas traditions known in the past. No need to get into it here.

For those of you who are capable of accepting an olive branch for what it is, merry Christmas.

For those of you who are not... merry Christmas.

Blogger Eric December 25, 2014 2:48 PM  

The funny thing is you know the guy isn't a Hindu or a Muslim or whatever. He's an atheist. Furthermore it probably ties in with all that SJW stuff - he feels taking offense gives him power.

Anonymous Anubis December 25, 2014 2:58 PM  

Luckily people that freak out about such things don't do it to those of us over 6'. I once had a supervisor question if I celebrate Christmas because I signed up to work 2 Christmases in a row I told her I considered it a gift to the dept so that those with small children could enjoy the holiday, & promised I would spend more on unneeded things than mother Teresa ever did. I realized if I told her Russian Christmas actually fell on Jan 7 she would get jealous that I took it off every year.

Blogger Eric December 25, 2014 3:02 PM  

Luckily people that freak out about such things don't do it to those of us over 6'.

Nah, it's just that everyone knows Russians are crazy :)

Anonymous peppermint December 25, 2014 3:20 PM  

if this passenger was a Muslim, Hindu, or some other minority religion or national origin, he could then $ue the airline for violating his right$ under the Civil Right$ Act of 1964 and the 14th Amendment.

An SJW is just an SJW until xe eats xir first human heart, then xe becomes a redguard.

Anonymous . December 25, 2014 3:24 PM  

if there is one group of people in this world that I'll never start and/or finish anything with is airline employees while I'm traveling. These folks can/will/and do utilize the petty dictator power they've been given since 9/11 to mess with people that screw with them. So the guy in the story is not only an atheist, but a dumb-ass as well.

Exactly.

Hope this tool got put on the airline shit list and gets hassled every time.

Blogger John Cunningham December 25, 2014 3:26 PM  

"Merry Christmas, you atheist scrotes!"

Blogger MidKnight December 25, 2014 4:14 PM  

First - merry Christmas everyone.

And yeah, it seems we live in an age where people cannot simply accept an expression of goodwill because of the viewpoint from which it is offered.

As @steve said - "I pity the fool" - the cynicism, the blinkers.

And it seems they still are pissing and moaning.

http://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/5214308-it-s-a-holly-jolly-feminist-minefield



Anonymous fish December 25, 2014 4:22 PM  

“Don’t say, ‘Merry Christmas!’ ” the man raged before lecturing the attendants and the pilot about their faux pas.

Pity they didn't help him off the plane at some point mid-flight! I understand that the fall is a marvelous opportunity to consider ones mortality and relationship with the almighty!

Anonymous Old Fezziwig December 25, 2014 4:35 PM  

One would assume that any genuinely rational atheist would understand that.

This one does. A rational believer woud probably also understand that "Happy Holidays" is not a slight to any specific holiday.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza December 25, 2014 4:57 PM  

Who in their right, yet to turn hollow mind retorts back explaining he does not celebrate Christmas? He wasted his air just to cause a scene. A scene that does not fly today. This is Christmas, it is fun and happy no matter what to some of us.

I don't get into the spirit of black friday, cinco de mayo and st patties day. I smile, tip my hat and say, " its a wonderful day for ______ fiill in the blank, run up that credit card joyfully or run up the bar tab in all green."

There was a grave sin committed today! Plastic wear was brought. I smiled and said, "awesome, thank you", in reality there is no plastic served only fine china. It did not matter, the kind thought did, above we have good will and kindness being expressed, someone didn't like it and got booted off a flight, all he had to do was smile!

Anonymous ENthePeasant December 25, 2014 5:02 PM  

"A rational believer woud probably also understand that "Happy Holidays" is not a slight to any specific holiday."

If you insist I use "Happy Holidays", it's a slight. Funny thing is we used it quite liberally when I was growing up... but it was nothing more than best wishes for Xmas and NYE. It's the insistence by Atheist Assholes/Liberals/progressives, commies by any other name, that we not say "Merry Christmas", that's driving the anti "Holidays" sentiment. I don't comment on Commie etiquette, if they want to greet me with "Greetings comrade", I'm good with it. In fact I wish they would more often. This game where they refuse to admit their own selfish nature is disgusting.

Anonymous Old Fezziwig December 25, 2014 5:07 PM  

If you insist I use "Happy Holidays", it's a slight.

I don't and am not. I'm referring to the irrational believers who get offended when someone tells them "Happy Holidays". You're not one of those, are you?

Anonymous ENthePeasant December 25, 2014 5:16 PM  

Nope, but I always reply "and Merry Christmas to you" which usually gets me a big smile and the reply "MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALSO"... No, not always, but usually.

Anonymous FUBAR Nation Ben December 25, 2014 5:31 PM  

As a religious jew I regularly correct people when they say "Happy Holidays" to me. I wish them a "Merry" or "Good" Christmas. This is a Christian country and lumping in Hannukkah or Kwanzaa should be insulting to anyone who isn't a multicultural cult kool aid drinker.

Blogger LP 999/Eliza December 25, 2014 5:36 PM  

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Anonymous George of the Jungle December 25, 2014 5:38 PM  

To the petty dictators of the left, a greeting of 'Merry Christmas' is a thoughtcrime. The SJW's, atheists and their minions insist that you think the same way they do, otherwise you must be re-educated and/or punished accordingly. Don't worry, soon Dear Leader's FAA will come down hard on the airlines, and stewardesses (HAH !!!) saying 'Merry Christmas' will be but an evil memory of the regressive past.

Anonymous kh123 December 25, 2014 5:46 PM  

"You're not one of those, are you? "

Hi Tad.

Have an excellent day, knowing that most of the country is benefiting from the cultural celebration of Jesus Christ.

Anonymous Santas Pipe December 25, 2014 5:58 PM  

In the stores and shops this Christmas season, I heard more "Merry Christmas's" said loud and proud than ever before.

Like a very festively decorated, brilliantly lit middle finger thrown to all the petty, perpetually offended atheistic scrooges who lurk in their dismal shadow land.

Anonymous Crusader Corim December 25, 2014 6:04 PM  

I'm Jewish, but I have to say that the healthiest days for the US civilization are Easter and Christmas, so I not only accept Christmas wishes, but I give them out too. Nobody cares that I'm celebrating Hanukkah, and I do wish them a Merry Christmas, so why not say it?

Blogger LP 999/Eliza December 25, 2014 6:08 PM  

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Anonymous Pilgrim December 25, 2014 6:10 PM  

"In the stores and shops this Christmas season, I heard more "Merry Christmas's" said loud and proud than ever before."

Ha ha that was the exact opposite here. Clerks were afraid to say it and coworkers didn't say anything in reply to a Merry Christmas.

Anonymous Carlotta December 25, 2014 6:24 PM  

I am a Christian who does not celebrate Christmas because I follow the Bible and am neither pagan nor Catholic. So I usually just say Happy Holidays to everyone because lots of people are celebrating something and wish me well. Some Christians have begun correcting me by saying "No, MERRY CHRISTMAS NOT HAPPY HOLIDAYS! " Which I understand, I was there once too.

But those minority few who think flipping out and throwing temper tantrums somehow will force the majority to not only accept but elevate their beliefs are miserable and socially retarded. Let them keep on making people run from them back to the Truth.

Anonymous Carlotta December 25, 2014 6:26 PM  

Happy Holidays ilk!

Blogger Josh December 25, 2014 6:43 PM  

I am a Christian who does not celebrate Christmas because I follow the Bible and am neither pagan nor Catholic

Christmas is neither pagan nor Catholic...

Blogger JACIII December 25, 2014 7:09 PM  

There is always a JoHo waiting at your threshold, Josh. Offer them a beer and they will leave you alone. For a day, anyway.

Anonymous Anon December 25, 2014 8:10 PM  

Leftism just churns out a bunch of sourpuss PC ninnies.

Anonymous Carlotta December 25, 2014 8:16 PM  

@Josh

Yes. It is. But if not I would love to hear the Biblical and historical evidence to contradict the feast of tabernacles birth of the Israelite Messiah and his fulfillment of the many prophecies.

It doesn't take much to read the Bible. Just like claiming Christ is Messiah but celebrating the Pagan and Catholic Easter instead of Passover. This isn't hard. We know when he was crucified and rose again and that it was to fulfill the Passover sacrifice for all time. He was not born on December 25 and another festival to another god has been celebrated that day for a long long time.

Blogger Outlaw X December 25, 2014 8:45 PM  

Some one has lost their mind.

Anonymous zen0 December 25, 2014 8:57 PM  

He was not born on December 25 and another festival to another god has been celebrated that day for a long long time.

Yes Carlotta. But it does not accomplish much to go down this road.

You can, instead of railing against people's sincere observations (intentions are taken into account by the Lord when complete knowledge is lacking)
celebrate the conception of Jesus on this date.

This Is Appendix 179 From The Companion Bible.

With this knowledge in mind, read Samuel 1, then read Luke 1.

There is no need to trouble people on this issue, as long as you know the truth.

Anonymous zen0 December 25, 2014 9:00 PM  

JACIII December 25, 2014 7:09 PM
There is always a JoHo waiting at your threshold, Josh. Offer them a beer and they will leave you alone. For a day, anyway.


If you mean JW's, just tell them you are a Russelite and they won't come back. They may even shun the whole neighborhood.

Blogger JACIII December 25, 2014 9:11 PM  

Russelite! Thanks for the tip zen0.

Anonymous Monkey Boy December 25, 2014 9:43 PM  

Christmas is not pagan.

http://catholicknight.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/is-christmas-pagan.html

The writer Taylor Marshall has pointed out that it is reasonable to assume that Christ, who was conceived on March 25th, was born on the 25th of December.

The earliest historical source that exists which places a pagan holiday on December 25 is the proclamation by Roman Emperor Aurelian of a celebration of Sol Invictus on that day in 274 AD. The earliest Christian reference to December 25 as the birth of Christ, however, dates from 202 AD.

Blogger SarahsDaughter December 25, 2014 10:30 PM  

I am a Christian who does not celebrate Christmas because I follow the Bible

With the exception, of course, of that pesky 1 Timothy 2:12 verse.

Anonymous zen0 December 25, 2014 10:37 PM  

A Christmas present from speaker of the Knesset in Israel, Moshe Feiglin.

On the last night of Chanukah, MK Moshe Feiglin was invited to light the Chanukah candles at an event organized by the Likud Liberal Movement. Other liberal Likud candidates attended as well, as did a representative from the Likud LGBT community in Israel.

The LGBT representative asked MK Feiglin why he voted against the Yesh Atid Kohl bill; a bill that was proposed to make the taxation of homosexual couples the same as that of normative couples. “The bill does not come to solve a personal problem, which could have been solved with a simple bylaw and garnered my support,” said Feiglin.

“The wording of the Kohl bill equates the traditional family with single-gender relationships,” Feiglin continued. “A large majority of Israelis believe in the values of the classic family. Any attempt to change those fundamental values by legislation is nothing more than coercion of the values of the minority upon the majority. A law is supposed to express values – not to create them and certainly not to force them upon the public,” MK Feiglin concluded.


Change the perspective on who's rights are being violated.

Blogger Guitar Man December 25, 2014 10:46 PM  

Dang it, ilk. Can we avoid the birth date debate one single year? Christ was born: Hallelujah!

Blogger Michael Maier December 25, 2014 10:48 PM  

zen0 December 25, 2014 1:53 PM

I don't know if I am imagining it, but I have heard more people saying "Merry Christmas" this year than previous ones. Almost defiantly, in fact. Maybe people are getting fed up with suppressing themselves for sake of the endlessly sensitive. At least, I would like to think so.


I work for the feds and I have been putting "I wish you a blessed and merry Christmas" (or something like it) on work emails for weeks. Not a single bad response and some very happy and enthusiastic ones.

I've tried to wish it to others in public too. I think if someone ever said something negative, I'd ask for their first name and then tell them I will pray for them and their soul that night.

Blogger Galt-in-Da-Box December 26, 2014 12:13 AM  

What a prick!

Blogger Laguna Beach Fogey December 26, 2014 6:01 AM  

Who said the grumpy passenger was an atheist?

I bet he was a Jew. They often act like that.

Anonymous Jeigh Di December 26, 2014 8:18 AM  

Who said the grumpy passenger was an atheist?

I bet he was a Jew. They often act like that.

No reason he couldn't be both.

Blogger Lovekraft December 26, 2014 10:55 AM  

But should we forget how hard the 'forever-oppressed' made our lives, and simply bask in the little freedom to say 'Merry Christmas' will give little consolation, for the PC police are never content in this. In a multitude of other ways we can and should advance Christian values, notably accountability, humility and aversion to vanity and vulgarity.

Anonymous robwbright December 26, 2014 11:11 AM  

Netanyahu does more than VD...

http://www.jpost.com/Christian-News/Netanyahu-on-Christmas-Middle-East-Christians-subject-to-violence-persecution-and-fear-385694

Anonymous Carlotta December 26, 2014 2:01 PM  

Please point out an actual example of me violating it or retract.

There is a difference between having a conversation with Josh and saying I would love to hear his side and me teaching and having authority over men.

Have a lovely holiday to you and yours.

Anonymous Carlotta December 26, 2014 2:05 PM  

@Monkey Boy
I am aware of the second half of you the information you cited. However, it goes back historically past that.

Where are you getting the date of Christ's conception from?

And do you have any proof for any of it from using the Bible? Not being argumentive. Genuinely open to further information.

Thanks.

Anonymous Carlotta December 26, 2014 2:09 PM  

@Zeno

How did I rail against anyone? My point was that like the person in the OP I don't celebrate it yet don't demand that people stop wishing me holiday greetings. I only added the part about me being Christian because most know I am and I didn’t want it to be confusing. I will research what you wrote. Thanks.

Anonymous Scintan December 26, 2014 2:50 PM  

I am a Christian who does not celebrate Christmas because I follow the Bible and am neither pagan nor Catholic.

Unless you're arguing that Jesus wasn't ever actually born, or that the bible insists that we not celebrate the coming of the Lord, you're making an absolutely ridiculous claim.

Blogger xenophon1 December 26, 2014 4:07 PM  

And to think that all of this conflict could be avoided if we would all agree to just follow the Juche ideal...

Anonymous Anubis December 26, 2014 5:35 PM  

"Who said the grumpy passenger was an atheist? I bet he was a Jew. They often act like that.
No reason he couldn't be both."

The smart money is on a gay. bacon eating, atheist, Soros style Jew.

Blogger JCclimber December 26, 2014 11:22 PM  

Some of us Christians regard Christmas as a strictly Roman Catholic holiday, hence the name "Christ Mass", which was superimposed upon a pagan holiday and given some religious trappings. While helping select Christmas songs for our church nativity program, it is hard to find old school Christmas songs that don't seem to have a large emphasis on Mary for some reason.

That aside, we consider it a good opportunity to reach out to the community and provide them with a reminder of the birth of a vitally needed Savior, some 2,017 or 2018 years ago.

Less emphasis on the gifts and greed and gluttony, more emphasis on giving, sharing some of our blessings with others, and seeking peace of mind rather than getting caught up in consumer madness.

The fact that census (censi?) were usually called to take place right after the harvest season in fall, so that people would have enough money to pay their taxes, doesn't mean we can't take a day to remember our Savior's birth.

So, Merry Christmas to everyone!

Blogger automatthew December 26, 2014 11:43 PM  

JCclimber: Some other Christians regard the emphasis on the birth of Jesus, as opposed to his adult work, as a distraction, a gambit in the enemy's game.

OpenID thetroll December 27, 2014 12:44 PM  

> I think if someone ever said something negative, I'd ask for their first name and then tell them I will pray for them and their soul that night.

That'll just dial up their self-righteousness. What's actually awesomely effective is to judo flip their own attempt at outgrouping on them, along the lines of

PERPETUALLY OFFENDED SJW: This display of exclusionarily grouped seasonal happiness OFFENDS ME!

TROLL: You don't enjoy other people being happy? You are a sad lonely little git, aren't you?

The trick is to get the tone of uncaring contempt just right. They really just implode when that happens.

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