The more Christmas is seen as a secular holiday the better it can provide a
shared tradition and identity for everyone in this country. The more religion is
emphasized the faster it will become a relic for many and may even become one
more aspect of society that divides instead of unites.And if it is a
purely religious holiday, which religion is it – is it Saturnalia (Roman
holiday that became Christmas after Constantine converted)? Is it the pagan
celebration of the winter solstice (why we celebrate in late December) with its
emphasis on nature and renewal (e.g., Christmas tree)? Also, should
it be more about a birth of one person or the spirit of giving (St. Nicolas as
the basis for Santa Claus)?Nothing wrong with any of these things as
far as I’m concerned (celebrate for whatever reason(s) you like), but just
because today’s dominant religion co-opted all the related celebrations
from the past doesn’t mean they are now the exclusive keepers of the
flame.The Christmas holiday belongs to everyone and should be enjoyed in
whatever positive spirit moves us (rampant consumerism notwithstanding).
The purpose is to brighten up the spirits of people, to give them hope in a cold
Christmas can be fun and it can also be the most trying time of the year.
Secular holiday for me.
Regardless what the surveys say, the commercialization of Xmas is a more valid
measure of the degree to which it is a secular holiday. From Black Friday to
Boxing Day, the Holiday Season is less about genuine religious sentiment than
ever before.And that's a good thing.
Nothing wrong with that.