December is Near: Response to a post on Face Book


Well, I can tell December is about to bore its head. The “status” moster has already begun. Here is a post that I see every year:

“I don’t wanna hear happy holidays, or season’s greetings! If you can’t wish me a “MERRY CHRISTMAS” then don’t wish me anything at all! If you agree, and believe in Christ, copy and paste this as your status! MERRY CHRISTMAS from my house to yours!!! After all, JESUS is the reason for the season, ‘nough said!!!!”


(reposted from Notes on my Facebook page) VIEW ON FB HERE
This was posted on my Facebook page by a friend. It got me to thinking about a few things. and these are my thoughts on it.

First I want to say for whatever reason – Why should anyone be restricted or silenced to greet anyone with a season greeting whether it is “merry christmas” Happy Holiday “Blessed Yule”  Happy Yom Kippur or any other denomination of holiday cheer? IF a little happy Jewish lady wishes you a Happy Hanukkah and your christian for instance, why can’t you, as a christian be kind to her and say merry christmas to her. She will not be offended. I know… I’ve done it, and I consider myself neither. Why not say happy Hanukkah back? What is wrong with being jewish? Or Christian? Or Wiccan? Why must we all hate on the faith of the other? I find it so very nauseating.

My next thought is… from the line of the post “Jesus is the reason for the season”

First of all, honoring christ; in celebrating christmas it is actually dishonoring him.
Christ said, “But in vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (Matt. 15:9). Christmas is not a command of God—it is a tradition of men. Christ continued, “Full well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your own tradition” (Mark 7:9). Every year, throughout the world, on December 25th, hundreds of millions do just that! (myself included, but not in celebration of christ, although that was how I was raised)

second, Luke 2:8 explains that when Christ was born, “And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.” Note that they were “abiding” in the field. This never happened in December. Both Ezra 10:9-13 and the Song of Solomon 2:11 show that winter was the rainy season and shepherds could not stay on cold, open fields at night.

not to mention that several encyclopedias simply state that Christ was not born on or near december 25th. So tell me again, why is december the season of christ?

Now, in the pagan festival, Saturnalia, (december 17th-24th) also known for the merry-making, gift exchanging time of the german and celtic Yule, December 25th can be noted as the birth of the Iranian mystery god, Mithra or the sun of Righteousness. food, and entertaining, yule logs, and cakes fir trees gifts of the winter festival have all been tradition of the pagan and christian religions, but not because of the birth of christ.

I don’t know why I decided to blurt all this out. I just got a little perturbed I guess. I don’t knock Christians, Or Jews, or Any other religious denominations, I just find it very displeasing to be told how to express a greeting of a holiday that is not as cut and dry as people would like to believe. Celebrate the birth of christ, but I will continue to wish my blessings of a merry Yule, blessed Yule, Joyous Yule, Happy frigging winter solstice!

Get mad… But I still wish you all a wonderful holiday season, no matter what your cheerful for.

Blessed be.

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4 Comments

  1. I hear you Amber! I generally say “Happy Holidays” to everyone. But I DO dislike being TOLD what to say to people. I know people that are Jewish, Atheist, Wiccan, and Christian.

    • I tend to say whatever comes out of my mouth. Merry Christmas, Happy Yule, Happy Holidays, whatever – It doesn’t matter too much to me what people really think, But being told how to greet people is like telling them they can’t wear snoflake earrings in the summer… IF YOU CANT WEAR SUNSHINE EARRINGS IN THE SUMMER THEN DONT WEAR THEM AT ALL… how lame… Let people b e who they are, speak how they wish, and greet how they feel fit. They could have been truly rude and said… HEY YOU EFF OFF…. instead of HAPPY HOLIDAYS. just sayin’ ❤

  2. the reason for the holiday not following the historically believed date, or rather- season of the birth of christ is simply that, like most religion- it is easier to ‘convert’ if the holidays approximate dont change. as you point out- december is a ‘holiday month’ for A LOT of religions. regardless of a person’s religion- it is important to understand that once man gets ahold of something- ya can pretty well rest assured its gonna get fucked up before it gets to you…. translated out of many languages, the bible is a book full of words that can only begin to approximate the original text. which, i believe is only an approximation in the first place. if you truly believe- you need to read your bible with an open heart and mind. religion is big business. another example is the ever-so-popular image of christ. the one the western world identifies with. the one that certainly made it easier for some people to embrace christianity. lets remember where jesus came from. and think about the fact that homeland security would likely not let him on a plane in modern times… at least not until they had done a full body cavity search on him….

    • So, Ricky, how is it that you Greet your fellow man during this controversial time of year? And how exactly do you feel about your peers getting upset for how you greet in holiday cheer?


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