A Festivus, for the Rest of You!

Ah Christmas, another festive time of year where the Jews, the Muslims and the Atheists all collaborate to tell Christians how they are wrong for celebrating Christmas. They throw out words and labels like “pagan” or “hieratic”. Christmas, the time of year when the world comes together as a family to lecture Christians.

Whether they whine about consumerism or Yule logs, they all sound the same.

What is the problem with celebrating Christmas. Enjoying the closeness and togetherness of family and friends?

When I was overseas, Christmas was a day when time seemed to slow down. We would watch movies or play video games, most of us would be in line at the phone and computer tent, waiting to call our families. The chow hall would serve steak and lobster legs, the cookies and cake seemed endless. The command team would don Santa hats and everyone was in a easy and relaxed mood. The Chaplain would hold Mass. On Christmas Eve the Battalion would come together and sing Christmas carols.

If you wanna trash Christmas, perhaps head overseas to the troops and tell them they have nothing to celebrate. Tell them that they do not get Christmas to relax and talk with their families thousands of miles away.

Don’t be a coward and trash Christmas from the comfort of your home. Head over to the various combat zones around the world and tell the men and women they should not celebrate.

Christmas was that one day out of the entire year when we were left alone. The one day when we didn’t have to deal with our current situation. We still wore armor and we still did our job, but there was magic in the air and everyone was in a generally relaxed mood.

Christmas counts and Christmas is wonderful. For the rest of you casting stones. Perhaps celebrate Festivus, it seems more inline with your willingness to be a Debbie Downer.

Perhaps the Christmas Truce of 1914 doesn’t mean that much either!

Regardless of the history of Christmas, it is a special and powerful day. Christ Mass has brought people together in times of war and devastation. If that ain’t worth celebrating, then I don’t know what is.

1914 Christmas Truce

Why is it that the people who want to discuss the history of Christmas and how they think it is a farce, always leave out the 1914 Christmas Truce, a true miracle? Who can explain the willingness of these men, in combat to throw down their arms and come together with their enemy? Christmas, Christ Mass needs no explanation, just a celebration.

Merry Christmas Everyone!



43 thoughts on “A Festivus, for the Rest of You!

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      I agree wholeheartedly. First they got rid of Easter, then they dictated the terms of costume for Halloween and now they accuse the worship of being pagan in disguise.

        1. bottomlesscoffee007

          How can you deny the profound power that people experience? Just because you don’t celebrate Christmas or because it seems fraudulent to you, doesn’t mean that it isn’t real.

          Sometimes we have to experience something for ourselves before we can even begin to comprehend it.

  1. I’m not fond of the modern form of Christmas. If punching your fellow man in the face for a 60″ flatscreen TV is worth celebrating, I’m not interested.

    There are ‘pagan’ roots in Christmas but, the word pagan has been twisted, too.

    Here is a good place to start and, curiously, it was written the day after the Mayan calendar reset:

    Winter festivals, pagan or christian, pre-date the modern mess we have now. Consumerism is a blight on any real celebration.

    Also, Christmastime has the highest rate of suicide. Just sayin…

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      Funny how they say that Christianity was in the cities and paganism was more rural and rustic….my how the times have changed!

      None of these are reasons however for those who want to celebrate, not to.

  2. I love everything about Christmas, including the “insane consumerism”…as I am certainly a participant. There are several love languages out there and one of them is by giving gifts, which is one of mine. I don’t care about getting all the things for myself, instead I LOVE finding the perfect gifts for my loved ones and seeing their reactions when they open them. It’s joy all around. Yes, it’s joy I paid for, but it still delights both the giver and the receiver…and I have a tough time apologizing for that.

    1. bottomlesscoffee007

      I love giving gifts as well Heather. Plus, once I buy someone a present, I sometimes give it to them immediately! I hate the wait!

  3. We are not bagging people coming together or celebrating the 1914 Christmas truce. If people want to get together, then fine. There’s nothing wrong with celebrating the truce. What we are saying when we point out the pagan origins is that it is not a Christian feast and isn’t celebrating Yahushua’s/Jesus’ birth, like it is portrayed. I’m not going to condemn anyone for celebrating it, we just point out it isn’t celebrating Jesus’ birth and isn’t a Christian festival, that’s all.

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