Ho-Ho-Ho- Merry Atties!!!!
Cranky, scrooge atheists who keep insisting on pointing out that Jesus wasn’t actually born on the 25th of December and how most of our Christmas traditions are pagan in origin.
Yes, that’s right, Thomas lovelies, I’m giving this Attie to all of the atheists who keep insisting Christians don’t really know the real story of our Christmas traditions. If we did, we would realize how hypocritical we are being in celebrating Christmas.
Blah. Blah. Blah.
Pssst, we get it. Nearly all Christians accept the fact Jesus wasn’t born on December 25th. We know Christmas was designated to replace Saturn worship. I’ll do you even one better, the church didn’t celebrate the birth of Christ for the first three centuries, because, Origien put it, it’s not fitting for Christ’s birth to be celebrated like a pagan god. It’s not that the early church didn’t care about the date of Jesus’ birth. They just wanted to be sure we weren’t being too pagan about it. We figured out later it wasn’t that big of a deal.
We know the Christmas tree comes from Germanic pagan tradition along with all the stuff that comes from the Druids.
See, what many of you don’t understand, is that all of our Christmas traditions fit into the mystery of the Incarnation. We believe that Jesus came as a little baby to not just redeem sinners, but to redeem the world. He came to redeem all of human history and traditions. He is the center point of all human history. Christians mostly have no problem with changing pagan traditions and giving them new meaning. We celebrate Christmas gladly. We celebrate Christmas by giving gifts to all people because God gave us the gift of His son. We feast to remember that one day there will be a big feast at the Banquet at the World’s End. We love everything that is beautiful, festive and a reminder of all that’s good. We take what’s good in any culture in the world and integrate it.
However, that doesn’t mean we don’t know the story. We know. We get it. We have always known it, but have chosen to transform it. We have chosen to let the Incarnation change the world. It isn’t really a big secret. So, you atheist Scrooge’s don’t really need to keep reminding of us, as if that’s going to change our minds. It won’t. We will make you a deal. We won’t keep insisting on putting Nativity scenes in public places and you’ll spare us the condescending supposed history lesson. Deal?
So, St. Thomas, decorate the hounds, and release them. Give the atheist scrooges a good joyful bark of “Merry Christmas”.
Then give them a fruitcake. Ok, that’s mean. Give them some of grandma’s spiked punch. They’ll like that better. I’ll take some while you are at it.