In a thread on the Shocklines message board somebody asked other posters to comment on when the Xmas season officially begins for them. I wrote this response, then decided not to incite a flamewar by posting it. But I’ll put it here.
I guess, for me, the season doesn’t really begin until I grit my teeth, then yell, “The name of the federally sanctioned holiday is Christmas, not Xmas! It doesn’t matter if you like it, believe in Christ, celebrate it or not, the freaking name of the federal holiday is Christmas. You get a day off work for it. Call it what it is!”
I know several atheists, Pagans and others will jump in here now. Some will say Christmas was renamed from the Pagan Yule. I know that. You wanna celebrate Yule, great! But call it that. Kwanza, Hanukah, whatever, fine. Why the need to pervert the name of a holiday celebrated by millions of Christians?
I have the same problem with Independence Day being called the Fourth of July. We’re not celebrating that the fourth day of July has rolled around. We’re celebrating our nation’s independence. But to a lot of people the day has no meaning other than barbecue, beer and firecrackers.
There’s the first of today’s rants. I expect there’ll be more. I’m in a rather foul mood today.