I know I wrote a column like this last year, and offended a few people with my language, but your side started it. Let’s keep that straight.
Here’s the deal: I do not believe in God, in one intelligent creature who created the universe, who must therefore be greater than the universe, outside the universe, older than the universe. Where did this creature evolve, and if you say that he (the general pronoun of convenience)has always existed, how is that any more believable than a steady state universe?
Since I do not believe in God, I do not believe that Jesus Christ could be the son of God, since one cannot be the son of a non-existent thing. There is no son of the Yeti, there is no son of the Chupacabra. I suspect that the whole virgin birth story began because Mary, like some women today, did not want to admit that her and Joe Joe were doing a bit of biblical era boinking on those silent nights.
And, assuming that Jesus was actually a real person, which I’ve got no problem with, that’s within the range of physically possible things, it’s likely that his birthday was sometime other than December, because December is not “when shepherds watch their flocks by night.” It’s the Middle East, and it’s pretty warm there, so that would probably be from around March almost up to November, but I’ve been to Bethlehem on Christmas Eve, and it’s a bit chilly. Those flocks would be in the barn at night.
No, Christmas is when it is because this is the pit of winter, the darkest time of the year, and by about 3 days after the 22nd, it becomes noticeable that the sun is returning. That is the “reason for the season.”
Nonetheless, I have celebrated Christmas all my life: the tree, the presents, Santa Claus and Christmas songs and a special meal and all that good stuff. I even greet shop clerks and waitresses with a cheerful Merry Christmas.
At least I did until a couple of years ago when Bill O’Reilly made up this War on Christmas nonsense and “Christians” started objecting if anybody said Happy Holidays or any other variation of holiday greetings that didn’t have the word Christmas in it and putting posts up on facebook about “let’s keep the Christ in Christmas” and obnoxious stuff like that.
You want a war, you’ve got a war. Happy Holidays.