I decided to post a facebook status yesterday that read, “Happy Christmahanakwanzika everybody! Don’t forget, tomorrow’s the Birthday of Mithra, the god of the unconquerable sun. :)” with the first link leading to a facebook group I had clicked “like” on and the second link leading to a facebook event I had created and invited all of my facebook friends to a while back.
I created my event and liked the group because I was frustrated with several of my friends and relatives. While I have no problem with anyone saying “Merry Christmas.” or anything similar, I also understand that there are so many other religions in the world, and then there are the nonreligious. I understand that there are groups that campaign to make it so you cannot mention Christmas in the workplace or such. I think it makes sense to ban all references to any religious celebration if you cannot instead allow all references to all religious celebrations.
I don’t see why atheists would be offended by the religious being religious, but I do see why anyone would be offended by anyone being pushy. My friends and family were posting statuses saying things like, “Jesus is the reason for the season and if you don’t agree get out of my country.” which is ludicrous because America is not a church state, nor are the nonreligious and immigrants equatable groups. Some immigrants may be nonreligious and some nonreligious persons may be immigrants. It’s the shaded area in the center of a Venn diagram.
Husband and I use the umbrella term of “pagan” to reference our beliefs, which I’ve explained before are vague and different and changing. I have Christian friends, Jewish friends, atheist friends, Islamic friends, Hindu friends, yada yada et cetera et cetera and other redundant terms.
We’ve been together for several years, on and off, married for three. Our tradition is to gift when the mood strikes us. We don’t reserve displays of love and affection for birthdays or nationally, commercially, or religiously mandated holidays. That being said, we do somewhat adhere to the traditions of Christmas/Yule or whatever word you want to use for this time of year.
We don’t light a Menorah or spin a dradle, possibly because neither of us comes from a Jewish background. I have put up a tree the last couple of years, although this year the damn cat got hold of our tree and I got tired of fixing it. We don’t hang the stockings by the chimney with care, though we do now have a chimney.
We do wrap gifts in bright wrapping paper, mostly for the purposes of letting our children enjoy the ripping of the paper, since paper-ripping is only allowed on birthdays and nationally, commercially, or religiously mandated holidays. We really haven’t set up a strict set of family traditions when it comes to holidays, but it does seem to happen every year that we get with friends who we have adopted as surrogate family and a feast is cooked (usually by husband) and we socialize, watch movies, talk, laugh, and altogether enjoy ourselves.
In my studies of various cultural winter celebrations, one thing seems to turn up, that this time of year is a celebration of endings and beginnings, as well as a celebration of love and togetherness. You do not have to be religious to enjoy that, and even if religious, you do not have to be Christian. So call it Christmas, Yule, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, Xmas, Christmahanakwanzika, Mithra’s birthday, or simply December. Celebrate by gifting and receiving, enjoying a feast, gathering with loved ones, attending a service at your house of worship, decorating your home, or going on about your day-to-day with no break in routine. It’s totally up to you. Just don’t be offended by others doing it differently.
CamDanBroductions–This is our song, please sing along. This is the effect, politically correct. All holidays, come to make one. Being together, boy this is fun. We love christmahanakwanzika. We love christmahanakwanzika. We love christmahanakwanzika. We love christmahanakwanzika.