December 25th, 2006


putting the x in xmas

t's safe to say I'm not a deeply religious person. Despite my Southern Baptist raising, I essentially have grown to reject the Bible as a document of myths and propaganda. That's not to say I don't think it's a useful tool in spiritual guidance, but the foundation of institutions of religion and the construction of dogma on the the belief that it's God's word is a bit misguided.

But that's not to say that I'm a-religious. While it personally doesn't do anything for me, I don't begrudge anyone their beliefs. It also doesn't mean that I don't celebrate Christmas. The fact that it has "Christ" in the word doesn't cause me issue as it does for some alternative/non believers. Except for the word, it's not like Christmas has any foundation in Christianity anyway. Jesus wasn't born on this date; it was merely a merging of several major secular solstice celebrations, pagan fertility rituals, and ancient sun god holidays. The early Church just decided that the 25th of December would be as good a date as any.

So all of the "reason for the season" enthusiasts I take with a grain of salt. For me, Christmas is merely a secular holiday. It's a chance to spend time with family and friends. It's a time to reflect on the previous year and the one ahead. It's a chance to revel in the spirit of love, not only for your kin, but for all of mankind. For me, that's what Christmas means.

So to you and yours, whether you celebrate it or not, I wish you a very, Merry Christmas.