To Serenity @ 8:36 am: Like, Like, Like. Well said!
Here's something that some of you fail to understand where we got the Christmas
tree from. The story goes that Martin Luther who was a reformist of the
Catholic Church was on his way home one day and silently prayed to know if he
was doing the right thing. What happened is as he walked he came across a
evergreen tree that had snow covering its limbs when a ray of light hit as if
Christ himself was pointing out the tree as it glistened in the day light. He
cut the tree down took it home and put candles on it. We now have the tree and
the lights which all represent the LIGHT OF CHRIST. So yes, it is proper to
have a Christmas Tree.Also, the story goes in Germany that a very
religious man would tour the country. As he toured he would look for orphaned
children. In turn he would make toys or gifts for each of these children and
deliver the gifts to them. He felt that no child should be without a gift at
Christmas time. This is where we really get the story of Santa Claus.
A voice of Reason | 10:56 a.m. Dec. 11, 2011 Salt Lake City,
UTThe Atheist,If you do any sort of celebration on the 25th,
then I'm afraid that Jesus Christ IS indeed the reason. Maybe you didn't notice
the CHRIST in Christ-mas."Yeah, sure, because we are ALL really
Christians in this country, whether we want to be or not, right?
If Christ is the primary reason to celebrate Christmas then that is why I no
longer choose to celebrate it. I would feel like a hypocrite if I did! I hate
winter so I can't find any reason to celebrate that either! Yes, Christmas is
offensive! All the falseness of a worn out occasion comes into full bloom.
However, if it trips your trigger....go for it! If some of your friends and
family member aren't so enthused....think about why!
"Since the invention of language, poets have attempted to describe the love
we feel during the Christmas season."Language predates the
birth of Christ by well over 5000 years.Such hyperbole is a
fantastic way to illustrate why so many people find the arrogance of the
Christmas celebration to be offensive.It also makes it really hard
to believe anything else the author may have to say.If you are
Christian and celebrate Christmas, then yes - Christ is the reason for the
season. If you belong to an different faith, or no faith at all, then there are
other reasons for the season. You would think someone with an education from a
highly credited school such as BYU would know that.
Those who call others hypocrites for simultaneously proclaiming Jesus as the
reason for the season, and participating in the numerous add-on traditions are
severely ignorant.Hey Joshka - Christmas trees are a symbol of
everlasting life. This is a symbol of Jesus, and doesn't make me a hypocrite
for having one.Did you know Saint Nicholas was a real person with a
reputation for secret gift giving? Also, the wise men brought gifts. Santa and
gift-giving are symbolic of love, compassion, and honor. To Christians, this is
also fittingly symbolic of Jesus.Black Friday is a good time for frugal
people to get something symbolizing love for someone special.I think
the cynicism spewed by people like Joshka, Pagan, RanchHand, and The Atheist
demonstrates an ugly elitism that's highly unwelcome to believers during this
time of year. On the other hand, the effort to see an offensive
attack on Jesus every time someone says "Happy Holidays" instead of
"Merry Christmas" reflects an unattractive crabbiness that also
subverts the "reason for the season."Peace on Earth,
Goodwill Toward Men. Let's take a chill pill, and each worry about his own
motives and sincerity of Christmas activities.
The Atheist,If you do any sort of celebration on the 25th, then I'm
afraid that Jesus Christ IS indeed the reason. Maybe you didn't notice the
CHRIST in Christ-mas.
I think that people of the Christian faith should just create another day to
celebrate Christ's birth, and not have all the presents, Santa, Christmas trees,
etc. That way we could just have a Dec. 25th holiday for everyone, and wouldn't
have to worry about leaving Christ out of Christmas. And the new holiday would
be much more religious or spiritual in nature.
People who say things like "Jesus is the reason for the season" need
to put up or shut up.So, Here is my challenge to you William Monahan:Take down your pagan Christmas tree. I know you have one, don't lie about
it.Next, admit that you have participated in propagating the myth of Santa
Clause.Did you go shopping on black Friday? Hypocrite!Here is the
hard truth. You are responsible for what Christmas has become."The
war on Christmas" has become a talking point among traditionalists, as if
their version of Christmas is somehow traditional. The first step fundies need
to take to correct this "Problem" is to admit that they are part of
the problem. They have declared war upon their own traditions and point fingers
at others because they are too ignorant to see the damage they are doing.But no one is willing to stop this madness called "Christmas"
because once you take everything not related to Jesus out of the holiday it just
becomes another boring religious holiday, like Passover.When was the last
time you got excited for Passover?Think really hard about it.
I love Christmas. There have been studies that show the Roman census around the
time of Christ was more likely to be around this time of the year. The LDS
Church was asked about their consensus about the Savior's birth being in April
rather than the winter solstice. The answer was that this was never LDS Dogma
and the time of the Savior's birth is irrelevant. What matters is that He was
born, not when He was born.The Lord loves it when people celebrate
and are happy. He loves it when children, with starry eyes and joyful faces
rejoice in this season. He loves the sacrifices that people often make to give
their families happiness. He loves it when families come together and
appreciate and love each other, perhaps just a bit more than when caught up in
the hum-drum of everyday living. He loves the way people help each other with
kindness and love.No matter what our beliefs, does it ever hurt to
be kinder to one another; to smile more at strangers, to be happy for the sake
of being happy? Merry Christmas
The world is a diverse place, with many different traditions this time of year.
Recognizing that all traditions have equal value, I send the following greetings
to my friends. Happy Hanukkah, Joyous Kwanzaa, Blessed and Merry Yule, Solstice
Blessings, Salamun 'Alaikum, Merry Christmas, God Jul, Happy Boxing Day, Las
Posadas greetings, St. Nicholas Warm Wishes, Peace and Joy on Bodhi Day,
Protections of the Virgin, and Happy New Year!
"Schools celebrate "Winter Break" but are prohibited from
mentioning the creator of winter and all seasons. "yes William,
you can find schools that celebrate Winter break. My sons school celebrates
Christmas Break.It's out there. Again, someone looking for a reason
to be outraged.There are many who would rather be OFFENDED by a made
up issue, than satisfied with reality.DANG People. Get over it.
Actually, the original reason for the season was to celebrate the winter
solstice. The traditions of bringing light and family festivities to the
shortest day of the year predate Christianity. Most Christians don't want
Atheists, Jews, and Muslims to force their traditions on them so it is a good
idea for Christians to not do it to others at this time of year. It is a perfect
time to follow the golden rule.
Jesus is not the reason for the season in my house.
If Jesus is the reason for the season: Don't Buy Pine trees to put
into your house. Tinsel Plastic Reindeer Eggnog Or write
cards to Santa.
True, celebration on Dec. 25 began as a pagan/winter solstice thing and evolved
into celebrating Christ birth, Father Christmas, Santa Claus, and spending
indecent sums of money on people that you like, don't like or love. SO WHAT! The
thought is that once a year people --at least some of us--begin to think about
"Peace on earth, goodwill toward men" and try to be a little gentler,
kinder and think of others more. To be sure, it would be wonderful if this
continued all year, but even for a few weeks it makes a refreshing difference.
This is the time the Christian world celebrates the Savior's birth, so join in,
smile at everyone and say "Merry Christmas".
Jesus Christ is the reason for the season - true. However Christmas is anything
BUT a celebration of Christ's birth these days. Heck, many cities can't even
have nativity scenes on display - just atheist displays. Money money money and
more money is all most people think about during Christmas. Actually - it's
where is the money going to come from this year to buy all the stuff for the
kids. Pretty sad society.
I appreciate the sentiments, and I try to do everything possible (although it's
difficult with the onslaught of commercialism) to maintain thoughts of my Savior
in my mind, and reminders of our Savior in our home, during Christmas season.Yeah, I know ... Christmas was an early-Christian derivative of pagan
solstice recognition, Jesus wasn't born on December 25th, blah-blah-blah, but
for my entire life it's been a battle between Jesus and
Santa/buying/decorations.Practicing Christians make Jesus part of
their lives 365 days a year. But the special sentiments about the baby, mother
Mary, the manger, the shepherds and angels, make Christmas time extra special!
(Or you can elect to exclude all of that from your thoughts... your choice.)Merry Christmas everybody!
Yeah...I love Christmas and all but it's just what it was turned into. This was
a Pagan holiday and the date of Dec 25th doesn't have ANYTHING to do with
Christ! That being said, I hate that you can't say Christmas without
offending people now somehow. And I'm not even religious.
The axial tilt of the Earth is the reason for the season.Yule, The
Solstice, was around looooonnnnnnngggggg before Jesus was even a twinkle in his
mother's eye.Christmas is a Pagan holiday that Christians
conscripted in order to convert the Pagans to Christian worship.Honestly though, one myth is as good as another I guess.
Could any article exceed the magnitude of cliche that this article
constitutes?I don't think so.