Flash Fiction #147

Humbug

PHOTO PROMPT © Björn Rudberg

HOW THE GRINCH SOLD CHRISTMAS

Christians own the entire Christmas season!

That’s what he told me when I mentioned Hanukkah, Ramadan, Kwanzaa, Yule, Solstice, Boxing Day, New Years, and even Japanese Bonenkai.

There was no Biblical “Love Thy Neighbor.” He’d have none of that inclusive ‘Happy Holidays’ crap.  It was ‘Merry Christmas’ only, or return the Inquisition.

How dare those heathens celebrate when he wanted to celebrate, even if Christ was really born in April?  He even bad-mouthed the Orthodox. Christmas was the 25th – but he wanted the whole month.

I looked around the ‘Good Christian’s’ shop. Bah!  Humbug!  Merry Merchandising, and a Happy Capitalism.

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My apologies for a non-original, variation on a theme. The first, and hopefully only, Op-Ed letter from someone much like the sadly non-fictional shopkeeper above, was just published.  It seems the more insecure the Christian Fundamentalist is about his beliefs, the less he wants to admit that other religions or even variations of opinion have the right to exist.  He would be appalled to be compared to the likes of ISIS, or al-Qaeda.

A happy and joyous season to all of you, and I hope that none of us meets one of these Grinch’s trainers. 😀

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Go to Rochelle’s Addicted to Purple Addicted to Purple site and use her Wednesday photo as a prompt to write a complete 100 word story.

12 thoughts on “Flash Fiction #147

  1. A lot of points were touched on in this flash fiction. Fundamentalist Christians, commercialisation of Christmas season which seems to be happening with Eid and Ramadan in the Muslim world too. Capitalising on religion with sales and specials. Even the debate on the true date of birth of Christ. An open minded and frank piece. Nicely done.

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  2. Liz Young says:

    Christmas is when we celebrate the birth of Christ – whether he was born in April or December! Fortunately there aren’t many of thos Grinch characters around where I live, Happy Christmas to everyone, whatever their faith.

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  3. Where I live, Christmas has suddenly become a symbol of Christian conspiracy to convert people from other religions into Christianity, and Santa Claus a boogeyman as a result. Crazy times we are living in, I tell you!

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    • Archon's Den says:

      A childhood neighbor’s daughter was ‘a missionary in India.’ At the time, it seemed noble, and benign. When I grew up, it seemed more like arrogant WTF. 😯
      Thanx for the visit and comment. Stop by again in the New Year. 🙂

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  4. Ironically many of my muslim friends wish me Happy Christmas and I say Eid Mubarak when that’s the time… I have no problem with any religion or atheism..

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  5. Dale says:

    What?? Christmas is NOT all about Santa Claus? I dunno what to say….
    Merry Christmas to you and yours, my fellow Canuck! xo

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    • Archon's Den says:

      It is around my place. I’ve got that bowl-full-of-jelly figure thing taken care of.
      Joyeux Noel from the right side of the river. I’ll have the grandson float some egg-nog downstream to you from Ottawa. Should be there late tomorrow afternoon. Keep a sharp eye out….for the language police.
      (Let’s see – what’s egg-nog in French?? Lait de poule?? Chicken milk ??! ) 😳

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      • Dale says:

        Actually… I make a pretty mean “lait de poule” (stupid translation but then again , where the hell did the word eggnog come from?) myself so I’ll send you some of mine in exchange!

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