The Watering Hole; Thursday December 25 2014; Christmas, and the War Thereupon

 

 ✟ THE WAR ON CHRISTMAS  ✟

For the faint of heart, a quick summary:

“The war on Christmas is a war on Christ and His followers.” ~Franklin Graham

“. . . what we are seeing is the reason America is not mentioned as a world power in Bible end times prophecy. As America continues to travel down the Paganistic heathen slope of perversions—and atheists attacking Christians and Jews—while Muslims are celebrating their holidays in the very capital of our country—yes in our very own White House—Christmas—a legal American holiday—is under attack on a regular annual basis!” ~J.P. Sloane

“Christmas is only a target of the secular jihadists of the American Civil Liberties Union and their co-conspirators at Americans United For Separation of Church and State; their ultimate goal is destroying what Christmas represents. . . . The real target is not Christmas. It’s Christianity. That’s where the real battle lines are being drawn.” ~Joseph Farah, editor, World Nut Daily (oops, I meant World NET Daily)

OK, that’s enough stupid to last at least till next Christmas. Here’s a much more realistic tack:

Christmas Day  is a public holiday in many of the world’s nations, is celebrated culturally by a large number of non-Christian people . . . While the birth year of Jesus is estimated among modern historians to have been between 7 and 2 BC, the exact month and day of his birth are unknown, and are not the focus of the Church’s Christmas celebration. His birth is mentioned in two of the four canonical gospels. By the early-to-mid 4th century, the Western Christian Church had placed Christmas on December 25, a date later adopted in the East, although some churches celebrate on the December 25 of the older Julian calendar, which, in the Gregorian calendar, currently corresponds to January 7, the day after the Western Christian Church celebrates the Epiphany.

So: Christmas is a public holiday which falls on the Gregorian Calendar’s December twenty-fifth. That’s not thought to be the birthdate of the one Christians call The Christ, but that doesn’t really matter since Christmas is NOT specifically a Christian holiday, it’s a public holiday observed all over the world by believers and non-believers alike. Seems to me, therefore and thereby, that the “war on Christmas” is pretty much an exclusive effort by fundamentalist/evangelical nitwits to humiliate and insult each and all of every other belief along with those who have no belief, i.o.w. all y’all who do not “think” appropriately.

OK, now that we have THAT cleared up, Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Merry Kwanzaa! And to our Muslim friends, to Atheists, to Non-theists, Buddhists, Taoists, Hindus, and everyone else, Happy Holidays! And be advised, you don’t need a manger with a doll in it to savor the moment.

In fact, no living breathing critter ever stays in its “manger” for millennium after millennium, even if it’s on the front lawn of the local Court House. Nope, the young’uns hang around only till the time is right, and then they’re off and away. Here’s some (sorta) proof — a photo of a Hummingbird chick, taken somewhere between 1975 and 1980 (that’s A.D., aka C.E. or Common Era) in roughly early summer, in Sun City AZ (I know, I was there!), just one brief moment before the little critter’s first ever flight! (note too the empty “manger”!)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe message seems a simple one: wage peace, not war.

And a Happy Holiday to ALL Creatures everywhere!

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34 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Thursday December 25 2014; Christmas, and the War Thereupon

    • The Doctor: Human souls. Trapped like flies in the World Wide Web. Stuck forever. Crying out for help.
      Clara: Isn’t that basically Twitter?

      • Speaking of The Doctor, Jane and I don’t watch it very often but we usually enjoy it a lot when we do. And one of the best episodes we’ve ever seen (or heard about) is coming on on BBC America’s Doctor Who marathon, Friday night 8 PM ET, 5 PM PT.

        “Blink”, probably better known as “Beware The Weeping Angels.”

        I’m pretty sure of the time. I found it in the program guide and set my DVR to record it.

        • BBC America is having a Doctor Who marathon for five days, ending Monday at 6am ET. Today’s episodes are from the most recent season, in sequence, leading up to tonight’s Christmas special. at 9pm ET. I’m a little behind, so I’m just finishing S8/Ep02, Into the Dalek.

  1. OMG I’ve been caught!

    AFA: Making Fun Of The ‘War On Christmas’ Is Part Of The War On Christmas

    The American Family Association is displeased that not everyone is taking the “War on Christmas” seriously. The group, which issues “Naughty-and-Nice” lists to put pressure on companies to include the words “Merry Christmas” in their advertising, claims in this month’s AFA Journal that whoever doesn’t believe that the U.S. is witnessing an anti-Christmas onslaught is actually waging war on Christmas.

  2. I drank too much eggnog and forgot to put the baby in the manger of our nativity. I am just another casualty in the War on Christmas.
    Merry Christmas!

    • You’ll be forgiven, I’m certain!
      Merry Christmas to you and the OIMF Family!

      (as a child, our three Magi would travel from the dinning room plate rail to the mantel … day by day, arriving on 6 January ‘little Christmas”)

  3. Not to be Debby Downer, but as I mentioned previously my mom passed away on Xmas eve 2005. And early this morning my mother-in-law passed away peacefully in her sleep. To make matters even weirder, her brother also passed away on Xmas day several years ago.

    Thankfully my kids and grandkids are all here at the house. Circle of life…

  4. Rain or shine (it is windy, cool and the sun is shining) this is the day we give back to Mother Earth by cleaning up one of her Santa Cruz beaches!
    And feasting on Cassoulet my brother made!

  5. Bing Crosby’s ‘White Christmas’ still the biggest selling single worldwide of all time.

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