NOTE: This is the first post to be constructed entirely on my cute little 11″ MacBook Air.
Have you noticed that the term “Merry Christmas” has become almost a cultural dirty word.
The Pink Flamingo is not wise enough to jump into the whole war on Christmas thing, but then again, this year, this whole Happy Holiday’s thing is getting out of hand.
If it began before Thanksgiving and incorporated Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Years, Summer Solstice, etc. I could live with it. Unfortunately we find no problem with mass promotion of Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, or New Years. It is just Christmas that is given the shaft.
“…As “Happy Holiday“, an English translation of the Hebrew Hag Sameach greeting on Passover, Sukkot, and Shavuot.
As “Happy Holiday”, a substitution for “Merry Christmas”.
As “Happy Holidays”, a collective and inclusive wish for the period encompassing Thanksgiving, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Winter solstice, Christmas Day (The Nativity of the Lord), Boxing Day (St. Stephen’s Day), the New Year and Epiphany.
As “Happy Holidays”, a shortened form of the greeting “Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”…”
As regular readers may know, The Pink Flamingo has no use for Lew Rockwell and his happy little racist band of losertarians. Unfortunately Chuck George has a fascinating little piece about the history of the world “holiday”. I recommend it.
“…Further, “holiday” might be defended by some as being more generally non-sectarian than “Merry Christmas” albeit of considerable religious impact. Two problems with that: it certainly wouldn’t satisfy the hard case atheist activists because it still represents a holy, faith-based concept; second, it would reveal the ploy of the PC crowd as being primarily and specifically anti-Christian.
It cannot be denied: holiday is a religious word. Going back one more definition we find that “holy” has five definitions in Merriam-Webster. The first one doesn’t specify religion, but try to interpret this as anything other: 1 : exalted or worthy of complete devotion as one perfect in goodness and righteousness !! Definitions two through 4-b use the words “DIVINE,” “deity,” and “sacred.” The fifth definition refers to the use of “holy” as an intensive: holy mess, holy terror. It goes on to the use of “holy” as a “mild oath” – holy smoke. Sounds downright profane. The dictionary left out holy cow – perhaps in deference to the Hindu; also, they left out a couple other holies that are in common usage…, but so will we.
Holiday is not only a religious word; it is a Christian word. Its derivation is from the Old English through the Middle English. Holy might somewhat predate Christian England from the Angles and Saxons, but in its persistence down through Middle English holy very much has brought down its Christian associations, both Roman Catholic, then Church of England. The reader doesn’t have to believe, just acknowledge….”
That’s not the point.
“...In the United States, “Happy Holidays” (along with the similarly generalized “Season’s Greetings”) has become the most common holiday greeting in the public sphere within the past decade, such as department stores, public schools and greeting cards. Its use is generally confined to the period between United States Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Commercial use of the term “Happy Holidays” dates back at least to the 1970s. Use of the term may have originated with the Irving Berlin song “Happy Holiday” (released in 1942 and included in the film White Christmas)….”
It isn’t about honoring a bunch of other holidays, it is about giving Christmas the shaft. It is getting even worse this year. “Christmas” as a word is being exorcised from the American lexicon. It is absurd, insane, and downright stupid. You see the little by-play on the news shows promoting other religious holidays, taking care not to offend anyone who is Islamic. Maybe that’s the real problem. They just don’t want to offend anyone.
Well, they are offending me, and I am not easily offended, not until this year. I can take a “Happy Holidays” here and there, but when it comes to “Holiday Parties” instead of “Christmas Parties”, “Holiday Food” instead of “Christmas Food”, “Holiday Decorations” instead of “Christmas Decorations”, “Holiday Music, instead of “Christmas Music”, “Holiday Greetings” instead of “Christmas Greetings” enuf is enuf.
It’s so bad FOX is showing “Holiday” greetings from our deployed heroes instead of “Christmas” Greetings. They wish their families “Happy Holidays” instead of Merry Christmas. What the H – E – Double-toothpick are they fighting for, anyway – to have Christ’s birth censored from our culture?
“...The word Christmas originated as a compound meaning “Christ’s Mass”. It is derived from the Middle English Christemasse and Old English Cristes mæsse, a phrase first recorded in 1038. “Cristes” is from Greek Christos and “mæsse” is from Latin missa (the holy mass). In Greek, the letter Χ (chi), is the first letter of Christ, and it, or the similar Roman letter X, has been used as an abbreviation for Christ since the mid-16th century.Hence, Xmas is sometimes used as an abbreviation for Christmas….”
“Richard Ramsey” did a fascinating column for the Frum Forum: How to Win the War on Christmas:
It has reached the point where it doesn’t really feel like Christmas.
It is my fault. It is your fault. This is the fault of every Christian who just allows it to continue.
Then again, Christianity has a tendency to grow very well when persecuted. Maybe we need to be reminded that it is about Christ, not parties, food, shopping, and music.
This mess is MY fault as a Christian. I think it is about time we start standing up – really standing up for what we believe. I’m not talking something that is “feel good” and looks good – I’m talking about truly standing up for my Christ. He died for me. What have I done for Him lately? (Not a heck of a lot).
Maybe we should be honest about something else.
“…For centuries, Christian writers accepted that Christmas was the actual date on which Jesus was born. In the early 18th century, scholars began proposing alternative explanations. Isaac Newton argued that the date of Christmas was selected to correspond with the winter solstice, which the Romans called bruma and celebrated on December 25. In 1743, German Protestant Paul Ernst Jablonski argued Christmas was placed on December 25 to correspond with the Roman solar holiday Dies Natalis Solis Invicti and was therefore a “paganization” that debased the true church. This thesis, however, was found to be dubious as there is no evidence that the feast of Sol Invictus was affixed by Aurelian to December 25. The celebration of Sol Invictus feast on December 25 is not mentioned until the calendar of 354 and, subsequently, in 362 by Julian the Apostate in his Oration to King Helios. According to Judeo-Christian tradition, creation as described in the Genesis creation narrative occurred on the date of the spring equinox, i.e. March 25 on the Roman calendar. This date is now celebrated as Annunciation and as the anniversary of Incarnation. In 1889, Louis Duchesne suggested that the date of Christmas was calculated as nine months after Annunciation, the traditional date of the conception of Jesus.
The December 25 date may have been selected by the church in Rome in the early 4th century. At this time, a church calendar was created and other holidays were also placed on solar dates: “It is cosmic symbolism…which inspired the Church leadership in Rome to elect the winter solstice, December 25, as the birthday of Christ, and the summer solstice as that of John the Baptist, supplemented by the equinoxes as their respective dates of conception. While they were aware that pagans called this day the ‘birthday’ of Sol Invictus, this did not concern them and it did not play any role in their choice of date for Christmas,” according to modern scholar S.E. Hijmans….”
The bottom line is that it is not important WHEN Christ was born – but that He was born.
‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.“