Monday, December 12, 2005

Io Saturnalia - or why Christmas is NOT at risk

Image hosted by Photobucket.comNanovirus: The war on Winter Solstice. When I was a kid, Christmas celebrations started after Thanksgiving. Not that long ago it was traditional to put up Christmas trees on Christmas Eve after the kids had gone to bed.

Today Christmas decorations appear before Halloween - I guess retail never figured out how to make money on Samhain or Turkey Day. And yet everywhere you turn you hear about the "War on Christmas." Actually there seems to be a war on all non-Christian Solstice Celebrations.

What happened to the idea of tolerance?
For example, while it remained customary for one Christian to say Merry Christmas to another, to a stranger it was considered more thoughtful to say "Season's Greetings," or "Happy Holidays." Such was the beauty of tolerance: all faiths were able to be true to their origins while respecting their fellow humans' right to do the same.
Do you doubt there is a war on non-Christian holidays? The war is long-standing. Consider the date.
The Romans honored Saturn, the ancient god of agriculture, each year beginning on December 17 in a festival called the Saturnalia. This festival lasted for seven days and included the winter solstice, which at that time fell on December 25 (today, following calendar reform, it falls on December 21).
Was the Roman census taken in the winter? Doubtful. It was easier to usurp the going holiday than it was to suppress it. Trees that do not die decorated to celebrate the return of the sun, switched so that they are used in celebrations by a group of people who await the the return of "the Son."

Today companies that want their employees to say "Happy Holidays" in deference to the idea that not all of their customers are Christian, are crucified. They are forced to pander to the majority and kept from showing respect and tolerance to minority.

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