Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Stop Being Offended

It is that time of year again, when all you see is "Keep Christ in Christmas" and a whole lot of bruhaha over "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays."

People need to get a grip.

If someone says "Happy Holidays" they don't know if you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah. It isn't supposed to be offensive, it is supposed to be all inclusive.

And if you really want to "Keep Christ in Christmas" start acting like Christians, and be more kind and giving to the poor and needy, rather than spending thousands on iPhones and TVs and other gadgets.

Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

I'm not saying that getting nice presents is bad. I like a great gift as much as everyone else, but excess is not what Christmas is about. Oh and most of the stuff everyone enjoys about Christmas is more rooted in pagan-ism than Christianity.

Christmas should be more about family, then stuff anyway.

This shouldn't be a season that is as chaotic as it is. I've often wondered why we have holidays where we spend more time preparing then actually enjoying.

Like Thanksgiving.

You spend hours in the kitchen cooking a meal that you only enjoy for maybe an hour tops. The cook is usually exhausted when the last dish is done too.

But that's another rant all together.

Now stop being offended by everything and enjoy the next 30 days no matter what you celebrate, and be thankful for those that love you and raise a glass to those you love that aren't there anymore.


rashbre said...

In England it's much more commonplace to say 'Happy Christmas or Merry Christmas', although some schools are phasing the conventional Mary and Joseph story out of what were nativity plays, sometimes now called 'winter plays'.

In the UK the 'Happy Holidays' thing is a relatively recent change of emphasis.

Mostly, when people here say 'holidays', they mean vacation (at whatever time of the year).

I guess it's all about the creep of globalisation and secularisation, including our Winter Sales now being called Black Friday etc.

Mike said...

"And if you really want to "Keep Christ in Christmas" start acting like Christians,"

You're asking a lot of some people.

Diane said...

Agree 100%. But I want to add that it's just not the Christmas holidays where it's all about "stuff" - that's become the mantra for so many people. The more stuff, the better.

We should be kind and focus on friends, family, and the causes and things that are important 365 days a year. Buying crap only gives one a temporary "high" and then it's on to the next shiniest gadget.