It’s Not Christmas

Not yet it isn’t!  It’s only December the 23rd.  Christmas is the 25th, and it’s only one day, not an entire season.  It’s the “Holiday Season” and Christmas is only part of it.  The rest of it is the Festival of Conspicuous Consumption and Display.  The day after Christmas is Boxing Day, and it’s a holiday.  The day of New Years Eve is a holiday, and New Years Day is a holiday.  Many of us get the work-days between Boxing Day and New Years Eve off as holidays.

The Muslims just finished celebrating Ramadan, although the entire month was more Holy Days, than time-off-work holidays.  A whole month??!  Now that’s a Season!  I wished all the Muslims a Happy Ramadan – all except the ones who want to blow up my bridges, buildings and airplanes.

The beanie-wearing Jews just took eight day of holidays to celebrate Chanukah Hanukah….you spell it….and play with their toy tops.  Eight days is a short season, but still, a Holiday Season.

The Wiccans and Pagans, and even the Free Thinkers will have celebrated the Winter Solstice on the 21st.  Of course, that was a Saturday, and a holiday for most of us, but still, a Holiday, in the Season.

Beginning on Boxing Day, December 26th, many of the Negroes – Blacks – Coloreds – African-Americans/Canadians – or whatever politically-correct label they’re sticking on themselves these days, will be starting a weeklong celebration of the holiday, Kwanzaa.

Many Germanic peoples are celebrating the Yule Holiday, a week-long festival with Christmas inside it, but still largely patterned on old Pagan beliefs.

The Eastern Orthodox Christians wait twelve days after December 25th before they get around to celebrating Christmas, stretching the Holiday Season.  They think that Roman Catholics and all the Protestant sects are wrong.  Gee!  Who have I heard sing that song before?

Hindus just finished celebrating Diwali.  Those in India washed their feet in the filthy, polluted Ganges River.  Any who have immigrated to North America, have to make do with New Jersey.

Many Japanese join in a year-end, Shinto celebration.  In fact cultures and religions all around the world, and all across North America get together for a Holiday Season which stretches from the beginning of November to the middle of January.

Christians, with their little one-day observance are inclusively welcomed to join in.  Christ may be Your reason for the season, but a lot of others have their reasons too.  It hasn’t always been Christmas, and it’s never been only Christmas.  While Christmas has been around for two thousand years, the Jews have been observing Chanukah for twenty-three hundred years, and the Wiccans have welcomed the Winter Solstice for over five thousand.  Christmas is the new kid on the block.

Christians around the world are invited to play nice, and join in the Holiday Season, share and share alike, with open hearts and open minds, but not steal, monopolize and impose.  God doesn’t like selfish, nasty kids.

Thus endeth the reading of the annual Anti-my-way-or-the-highway rant.  Please open your hymn books to page 47, and we will all sing hymn number 666.

 

JESUS SAVES

Jesus puts his money in the Bank of Montreal.

Jesus puts his money in the Bank of Montreal.

Jesus puts his money in the Bank of Montreal.

Jesus saves!  Jesus saves!  Jesus saves!

 

Jesus is the lifeguard at the local swimming pool.

Jesus is the lifeguard at the local swimming pool.

Jesus is the lifeguard at the local swimming pool.

Jesus saves!  Jesus saves!  Jesus saves!

 

And on that note, an F-flat minor, we look forward to something a little less confrontational, and a little more educational and/or amusing.

 

P. S.

Much of Southern Ontario has just been hit with the worst ice storm since 1998.  There are still about a quarter of a million people without power.  Here at Casa Archon, we got power back just in time to publish this post, after almost exactly six hours of cold and dark.  We’re back to making the last of the Christmas cookies, and enjoying coffee, hot chocolate, warm food and warm fingers and toes.  LadyRyl, living a couple of miles closer to city center, was only without power for five minutes, since the grid which supplies her also supplies a major hospital.

While we still had daylight, I dug out the wife’s stash of candles for a little light and warmth.  We plugged a new 9-volt battery into a transistor radio the wife has owned for over 50 years, and listened to an all-news talk-radio station with its own generator.  Kudos to the utilities guys who are still out there freezing their assets.  Some folks may not get power for 36 to 48 hours.

Excelsior

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22 thoughts on “It’s Not Christmas

  1. Daniel Digby says:

    And a Happy Newtonmas to you too. At least he was born on Dec. 25.

  2. BrainRants says:

    Ever wonder what aliens would think about us if they aggregated all this celebrating grouped around the solstice?

  3. aFrankAngle says:

    Glad to know your power has returned .. which explains there’s still something unopened here … http://afrankangle.wordpress.com/2013/12/21/on-the-afa-holiday-gift-basket/
    … and thanks for letting me know about observances I didn’t know about! .. and in true Archonian style.

  4. What kind of cookies did you bake this year? Did you do the look-a-like ones again? Stay warm and happy, Archon.

    • Archon's Den says:

      In failing health and strength, this is the last year for the full range. We made everything we made last year, plus a few extra. We usually make a batch of ginger snaps for our Chiropractor, but the wife, son, daughter, and her bestie all like them, so we made a double batch – 110! Sugar cookies are baked, and I just brought the daughter over to help decorate them.

      Doc Bones has his first grandchild, a little girl sensibly named Alice, so we found a little “baby” cookie cutter, and baked eight that the adults will have to eat. :D

  5. 1jaded1 says:

    Great rant, Archon. When I mention little pagan things that are associated with Christmas, my relatives act like they want to perform an exorcism.

    Hope you have a safe and happy holiday season.

    • Archon's Den says:

      It’s amazing and disturbing, the things religious people will blindly believe, to make themselves feel good. I read a post last night from a young woman who ran into a group of Wiccans, and was totally surprised that they were such nice, helpful people, instead of the wicked, evil, perverted Devil-followers that her Church had taught her.

      I/we plan to take it easy and stay safe. I hope you do too. I wish you the best of Whatever Season you wish to celebrate. :D

  6. There are far too many holidays to remember, and with my memory problems, I will stick to just remembering Christmas, which for some reason I keep thinking is a Thursday. It may be that I am not done my shopping, and the ice storm really messed things up for us. Two of our elm trees are toast, we lost power for a good nine hours, and then just to throw a new item into the pot, our teenage boy decided to become ill with a bug.

    • Archon's Den says:

      I’ve got that memory loss problem too….I think. The calendar insists that Wednesday is Christmas. We’re done shopping, but have wrapping and cookie decorating left. Too bad about the elms. If only you had a fireplace. Sick teenage boys are even worse than sick, whiney husbands. Are you still in/near Brantford? :?

      • My mom grew up in Brantford (I’m in Hamilton), sadly she and her family have passed on. I still visit to pick up Polish Kielbasa from Huzel’s. We do have a fireplace, so we were kept warm during a 9 hour power failure. You are correct about teenage boys being more whiney than their fathers!

  7. Sightsnbytes says:

    December 23, Tips Eve. A night of partying and fun…well it was when I was young and foolish…Nice post…as usual. Have a wonderful Holiday Season!

    • Archon's Den says:

      Tips Eve, eh? Another Holiday that isn’t Christmas, to add to the list. Thanx for the kind Season’s wishes. I offer the same to you and yours. Do what you can, with snow piling up on one side, and Pamela Anderson bribing sealers on the other. :(

      • Sightsnbytes says:

        now that was funny. a million dollars for all sealers to share. goes to prove that anderson is the essence of all blonde jokes…Retire and I give each of you $165! stupid hollywood floozies

  8. benzeknees says:

    Merry Christmas Archon to you & your family!

    • Archon's Den says:

      So, here it is, Christmas morning, and I’m lurking in the dark computer room, waiting for Santa to arrive….
      A very Merry Christmas to all your brood. Is it just you and K, eating Swanson’s Dinners, or do you have other kin in? :?

  9. shimoniac says:

    Jesus is a goalie for the Maple Leafs/ Jesus is a goalie for the Maple Leafs/ Jesus is a goalie for the Maple Leafs/ Jesus saves, Jesus saves, Jesus saves.

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