My unpopular opinion of Christmas
Bottom line: 90% of the holidays we celebrate come from pagan sources.
You either don’t think much about it, as most of the true and more evil meanings from the holidays have been removed. Or you make some attempt to have it conform to your beliefs.
Christmas isn’t a Christian holiday, it’s a catholic rendering of the pagan winter solstice.
But even so, Christmas is a tradition.
Traditions are not law. Everyone has there own and they are all equally valid.
If you have been raised eating a particular recipe of chili, are all other chili recipes wrong?
Do you look down on other chili recipes and try to assert that the chili recipe you grew up on, or the recipe someone else has “officially” stated as being correct, is the only one true recipe?
Would it matter if chili started as a bland soup?
Christmas is a tradition, it can be religious for some (even though I see no real reason for it) or people can like it just simply for the tradition that it is.
I would imagine that for non Christians it looks hypercritical for a Christian to get flared up when someone challenges their beliefs as myths but at the same time swear by all, that Christmas is was and always shall be a christian holiday.
As I’m sure I’ll get backlash from this by some (claiming that I’m anathema or something) But Christians are supposed to be devoted to the truth especially God’s truth. (The bible makes no acknowledgement of this holiday, however it does state that Jesus went to temple during Chanukah)
So holding on to and asserting authoritatively, and judgmentally that people are wrong for taking Jesus out of Christmas (or not including him at all) is by definition an anti-christian attitude.
“See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ” (Col. 2:8)
Am I saying that Christians shouldn’t celebrate Christmas? No.
If you blast Halloween for being a satanic holiday and refuse to put up decorations or give out candy for that reason. Then, for the same principal you shouldn’t have a Christmas tree, wreaths, or any other Christmas decorations.
But anyone can celebrate Christmas.
I’ve even heard of Jewish people who grew up wanting to celebrate Christmas because of the traditions that are now synonymous with the holiday “looked fun”.
There isn’t anything offensive about Christmas unless you are a conservationist and think trees have the right to vote or something.
In the end, all I’m saying is that there is no wrong way to celebrate Christmas. So please stop acting like there is.