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Dec 04 2012

Christmas VS Christmas

Over at The Zingularity, they’ve discovered who the real enemy is in the War On Christmas. And it’s not the atheists (although we are still the ones on the propaganda posters)! The real enemy of Christmas is… Christmas! The Christmas that shows up in stores just before Halloween and lasts halfway through January, the Christmas favored by Lucy Van Pelt, the Santa Claus Christmas, the “peace, love, and happiness” Christmas? Evil, through and through. Christmas should be a solemn occasion, as befits the meaning–the birth of the ultimate human sacrifice.

Fox News, to be consistent (but why start now?), should refuse any and all Christmas advertising that aids and abets that first kind of Christmas. Fox should refuse to air any Christmas specials (other than perhaps live coverage of church services on Christmas day itself) that cheapen and commercialize this most solemn of holy days.

I warned them about this, years ago:

From the Cape of Good Hope to the Newfoundland islands,
The sands of Iran to the Panama isthmus;
From Outback Australia to Inverness Highlands
It’s time to take arms in the War Against Christmas!

My weapons are mistletoe, Christmas trees, holly,
A yule-log, and caroling out in the snow;
Sleigh-rides and snowball-fights, eggnog and Jolly
Old Santa Claus, laughing his loud “Ho! Ho! Ho!”

We’ll make them forget all the Truth of the season—
The sacrifice planned by a god up above—
And have them believing some bastardized reason
Like giving, or kindness, or caring or love!

I’ll cruelly and callously help out a stranger
Who’s down on his luck or has suffered some loss,
I won’t even speak of the babe in the manger
Whom God sent to Earth to get nailed to a cross;

When the winds of December conspire to freeze us
I’ll help collect sweaters and coats for the poor,
Neglecting to make any mention of Jesus,
Whose torture is really what Christmas is for.

My hatred of Christmas will focus my labors
On weaving an atheist fabric of lies—
For instance, I’m giving to all of my neighbors
Gift baskets, cookies, and fruitcakes and pies!

I’ll say “Merry Christmas!” I’ll say “Season’s Greetings!”
I’ll say “Happy Holidays—Joyous Noel!”
Intending of course, that with each of these meetings
The Truth About Christmas can just go to hell.

The truth is that Christmas is not about presents
It’s no time for songs, It’s not time to be nice
It’s not time for feasting on turkeys or pheasants—
It’s sin, and redemption by blood sacrifice.

No time to be jolly; no time to be merry
It’s time to be solemn, and grim, and devout!
The heathens might find it depressing or scary
But that is what Christmas is truly about.

Yes, Jesus is really the ultimate reason
And Christmas is really redemption and sin;
The war against Christmas is early this season—
For God’s sake, let’s hope that the atheists win!

As most of us know (except, of course, the people who need to the most), the beginnings of Christmas in America (home of The War On Christmas, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fox News) were not festive in the least. The Puritans had better, purer things to do on December 25th (for a couple of decades in the 1600′s, Boston even had a law prohibiting the celebration of Christmas!); a Christmas holiday as we know it did not begin until the 1800′s. Interestingly, celebrating Christmas (as opposed to observing it) spread with the notion of Santa, “The Night Before Christmas”, and commercial connections to stores and products, not with the story of the birth of god’s human sacrifice.

Those who wish a return to the traditional values of Christmas, away from the secularization, are welcome to stay inside, draw their curtains tight and stick their noses in their bibles. I will expect them to show up at work on the 25th (as, indeed, Congress did in 1789, the first Christmas under our constitution). Myself, I will gladly take the opportunity to celebrate with Cuttlefamily and friends. We will probably feast, and may even sing–such decadence would surely have been frowned upon, even fined, by the founders of our Christian Nation (TM).

Good.

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  1. 1
    Johnny Vector

    I too shall sing! Sing! Sing!!

    I shall sing of red punch, of green punch. Of Brach’s holiday mints, and peanuts!

    (With these guys: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUIVebGruAc)

  2. 2
    richardelguru

    Actually carols really are pretty evil:
    I did a radio essay on them once.
    http://howlandbolton.com/essays/read_more.php?sid=273.
    Run your cursor (lovingly) over the lug’ole next to the title for the awful audio.

  3. 3
    Scr... Archivist

    How should this be sung?

    At first I heard it as a fun and jaunty little number. But as I reached the end I realized it might require a solemn, dirge-like performance, like “Silent Night”.

    Minor key, perhaps?

  4. 4
    abbeycadabra

    Woo, Newfoundland!

  5. 5
    Cuttlefish

    Actually Scr…Archivist, this one does not presently have a tune at all (at least, not one I know of). Some do, some don’t, this one has been around for a few years without picking up a tune.

  6. 6
    grumpyoldfart

    The Puritans had better, purer things to do on December 25th (for a couple of decades in the 1600′s, Boston even had a law prohibiting the celebration of Christmas!)

    The same in England. They overcame the rule by having one family member declare that he or she was born on December 25th. Then, if the authorities kicked up a fuss they could say “It’s not a Christmas party, it’s my birthday party.”

  7. 7
    niftyatheist, perpetually threadrupt

    Woo, Newfoundland!

    You took the words right out of my mouth! :D As an ex-pat native Newfoundlander, I appreciate seeing the Island (and little Isles too) mentioned on dear Cuttlefish’s blog! I am definitely going to feature this poem on my blog for a Tonic this month!! (with your permission, O cuttly one!)

  8. 8
    Cuttlefish

    Of course, nifty!

    Clearly, I couldn’t have written it without Newfies near and dear to my hearts.

  9. 9
    niftyatheist, perpetually threadrupt

    LOL, I’m going to sing it to the tune of “We’ll rant and we’ll roar like true Newfoundlanders”! :D

  10. 10
    niftyatheist, perpetually threadrupt

    It works with all the verses after the first one – the first one has an extra syllable. LOL The things you notice when you try to fit a great poem to a song melody!

  11. 11
    Cuttlefish

    Ah, the fourth line in each quatrain also would need adjustment. So close, though!

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