Monday, December 20, 2010

5 More days. What does it mean to you?

I know to a lot of you (ok maybe not) Christmas is the holiday in which you commemorate the birth of Jesus... by purchasing gifts for everyone else... because isn't that what Jesus would do? Yeah well, I am a firm believer in the pretty basic knowledge that Jesus was not born in December. Christmas is actually a holiday that was created to outshine the Pagan celebration of the Winter Solstice. Brumalia was an ancient Roman solstice festival honoring Baccchus (I had a dog named Bacchus once, he was awesome), generally held for a month and ending December 25. The festival included drinking and merriment. The name is derived from the Latin word bruma, meaning "shortest day" or "winter solstice". The festivities almost always occurred on the night of December 24.

I remember reading somewhere that a person said that Christmas was a time to be thankful for your friends, and family. Another person said "No, you have that confused with Thanksgiving. Christmas is a time for greed and resentment." That made me laugh, because it was funny... and true. Christmas has become a holiday of how much you can buy, or how much you can get. In all honesty I don't care what I get for Christmas (though I will be pleased no matter what it is). I told my husband I did not want anything, I did not need anything... I have everything I want and need. When pressed to make a decision I stated I wanted a new camera, a big girl camera. But in all honesty I just want the time together as a family, to be happy, to make good memories since you never know what will happen in the next year (aside from the hubby being gone for Christmas next year due to a deployment). 

I was raised Jewish. I never remember a Christmas ever (even though there was a photo of me and a tree before we converted), and when we moved to Colorado I can remember being taken to the gym in Falcon Elementary school where the entire school was gathered to sing Christmas Carols. I remember looking around and wondering "How do all these people know the words to the songs and how the song goes?" I did not know one Christmas carol, not Rudolph, not Santa Clause is coming to Town, nothing.... poor little Jewish girl. Anyway, since I was not raised in the Christian faith, the Christian meaning of Christmas means nothing to me. I celebrate Christmas to be a time of family, tradition, feast, and love. Just because I am not a Christian does not mean I cannot celebrate it, and it does not mean that the time of year holds no meaning to me. Like Ebeneezer Scrooge said (though in different context): "Keep Christmas in your way and let me keep it in mine."

And one of these days I WILL be buying this for my son... I hope it comes in adult size!!!!!!


Jupiter Family said...

Merry Christmas!!
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Just Me said...

Merry Christmas to you!! Oh I mean Frohe Weihnachten!

pottymouthmommy said...

I was raised "Christian"... aka: my parents forced my brother and I to go to church so they could have free childcare and sleep in. (they didn't go WITH us- the church we went to had a bus for lazy asshole parents to ship off their kids)

So whatevs... was never big into the whole Christianity thing.... I'm sure Jesus was cool, as was Mohammed with his eleventy-billion wives, and Buddha seems like he was a pretty cool chap too etc etc etc... I'm now a pagan and I live it up for Santy Claus and use the holiday as a time to create family memories.

So, Happy Christmahannukkwaanzakah to you!! (and pagans too!!)