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Post  Church1ll on Fri Dec 26, 2008 3:07 am

Now that Christmas has passed, I figured it'd be a good idea to reflect on the absolute ridiculousness of the holiday. I mean that more in terms of how commercialism has essentially destroyed it.

Christmas, last time I checked, was essentially devised as a way to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ and to some extent his death as there are continual reminders that he died for our sins and yada yada yada. If I also remember correctly many people choose to spend the day with their whole family, which includes extended family members or to do something special to celebrate possibly the most holy of Catholic/Christian holidays. You could argue that Easter is the only other holiday to compete with Christmas for the title of "most holy" since everyone essentially does the same thing except now instead of celebrating birth Catholics/Christians celebrate resurrection. Right.

The reason I make the claim that Christmas (and Easter, too actually) is ridiculous is because of how obsessive everyone becomes over the holidays. I don't mean obsessive as in getting all religious and whatnot. I mean obsessive as in every commercial speck on earth is jam packed with people, many of whom are buying for selfish snotty children that only know the phrase "I want" and have never heard of the word "no." Many seem to have forgotten that Christmas is not about making everyone around you happy but to celebrate the birth of the Catholic/Christian savior. Not that there's anything wrong with making people happy, but everyone should do that every single day. There is also nothing wrong with giving, but why do we need an excuse to give? Why do people need to look at a calendar and go "great, Christmas is coming. Time to buy gifts for everyone" rather than simply saying "you are special to me and I would like to show it" or some similar phrase?

Christmas should not be about buying things at a store. Many people actually dread Christmas because of the amount of stress it creates. This stress comes from wondering exactly what gifts should be purchased and then given to the right people. Christmas is not about stress. It is not about worry. It is not even about presents as so many children are wrongly led to believe. It is about the joy and happiness that comes from the birth of a believed savior, essentially signaling the start of our time.

Note: when I say "signaling the start of our time," I literally mean that. Every calendar in the Western world (and beyond even) is measured precisely from how many centuries, decades, years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, seconds have gone by since the birth of Jesus Christ. Nearly every history book on Earth dates everything according to BC (before Christ) and AD (anno domini, "year of our lord").

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