What Holiday( used to mean,"holy day") is the least enjoyable, to you?
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I recall sitting at a Christmas table with a woman opposite me whose sweater blinked tiny lights off and on, constantly; I don't know how it worked, but after three glasses of wine, I wanted to unplug her!
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One memory that has stayed with me for some odd reason is a Naval Station chaplain's culmination of his Christmas sermon. He closed with this instruction to his ecumenical congregation.
"Don't Let Santa Claus upstage the Christ Child."
I have no doubt that all of the children of the families in that congregation waited patiently until Christmas morning to open their presents. I'm sure that none of them nagged their parents for early disclosure of these material fantasies. If, by some remote chance, any of these good children succumbed to the weakness of begging their parents for the early unwrapping of "just one" gift then the parents reminded the children of the divinity of the holiday and denied the transgression. Further, on the morning of the anniversary of the birth of the Son of God all of the families preceded the festivities with an invocation of singing "Away in the Manger."
I hate the commercialization of Christmas!
In my opinion, the good Christians should push off the celebration of their God's birth until spring. Wrap it up into the same weekend as Good Friday and Easter. They could call it Christian Long Weekend and take Monday off too in case anybody wanted to go crappie fishing.
December 25 could then be named for what it is, Greedy Bastard's Day, in honor of the greedy bastards getting presents and greedy bastards making profit from it. Hell, they could make it a three month event and tie Halloween to Greedy Bastard's Day. The Greedy Bastard's festive embellishments are crowding ghosts and goblins in the retail market anyway.
Sorry, Paul. I tried to resist but the dam broke.
Around the year 300 A.D. when the Church, per se, entered England, a pagan group called the Druids (who built Stonehenge) sacrificed human infants in a barbaric blood ritual practiced in a pagan religious event on December 25th .
The Church usurped this date in its attempt to substitute the pagan worship day with the celebration of Christ's birth (no one ever really knew the date of Christ's birth) and announced that December 25th would henceforth be Christ's mass- Christmas.
Actually, I wish every day were Christmas, because, from a historical Jewish viewpoint, it's the only day that a lot of generally hateful, unhappy and miserable Christians seem genuinely happy.
I was aware that Dec 25 was not an accurate date to the divine birth and I had a loose knowledge of the church tying paganism to the celebration of Christmas. I did not know that the Druids were involved.
I like your last paragraph. It made me laugh. It is a shame that such gaiety can't be perpetual to every day. I guess that I played right into your question, huh?
As you are beginning to recognize, at close, I went for the hard laugh, and for you, succeeded, in part.
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