Stores already has Christmas decorations for sale, and how ugly and crudely fashioned they are. I know that my favorite radio station is going to start playing Christmas songs and jingles the day after Thanksgiving. And because Christmas has been heralded already in October this year, here are my honest thoughts about the holiday.
My deduction: Christmas was originally, and still is, a holiday to honor the birthday of Jesus Christ. When we celebrate our own birthdays, they mean something only to us and those who have personal connections with us. My conclusion: you need to have belief in the “real reason behind the season” or Christmas is no more than another day off from work, cliché observation or not.
Look at it this way: you can give yourself presents on any day of the year, and when you get them on your birthday, it’s because you and those who “believe” in you are celebrating your birth and very existence on this planet. I’ve never understood the atheist’s perspective of Christmas, because it makes no sense. You either have a personal connection with the celebrant of this birthday, or there’s no logical reason for you to be involved. You’re not going to give presents to yourself and call Christmas a (to quote Lewis Carroll) “happy un-birthday,” are you? Forget the commercials and the comical advertisement that “this is the season of giving.” There’s only one way to celebrate Christmas: when you are a true member of Christ’s party, not some hypocritical shopaholic or religious fanatic who wants everyone to notice theatrics in church.