Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Labelling Christmas

I've a bee in my bonnet.

An article written by my local radio station and posted on social media asked "What would you ban from the Christmas (Holiday) table?". The article itself isn't important, but apparently the title got a few Christians riled up. One in particular said he was offended that the radio station was "demeaning his Christian celebration" by referring to it as "Holidays".

That just makes me want to poke the bear with a stick. First off, "holidays" is a sort of contraction of "Holy days". Holy. Relating to a sacred day.  So calm down there bud. It's hardly a derogatory term.

Secondly, goodness damn gracious you blinkered fool. Christianity is not the only religion in our country. Yes, the theological celebration of Christmas is a Christian creation (although, cough cough, your religious leaders hijacked pagan holy days, so who was demeaning what, thank you very much). And because at some point in time, Christianity was the overwhelming religion in SA, it became a national holiday, rather than purely a religious one only observed by Christians. SO. Now the day is celebrated country wide, though some take it to be a day to spend with family and spread the love and compassion, etc etc. Rather than being grateful for the birth of a boy that some say have gotten the date wrong.

There is NOTHING wrong with you celebrating your holy day which could call Christmas. There's also NOTHING wrong with a radio station, or anyone else for that matter, referring to it as "The Holidays", because for many non-Christians, that's exactly what it is. They don't need a religious reason to gather the family round a table for a special occasion.

You shouldn't feel the need to be so touchy about the label of the day. If it's Christmas in your household, then call it that. But if someone wishes you "Happy Holidays", don't get offended. Don't shove your bible down my throat because you can't handle others celebrating the day for their own reasons.

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