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1. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y
  • Some content may be unsuitable for people that disagree*

Part Two - November 7, 2005

TOPIC: Christmas

Hey I missed this thread.

  • cracks fingers*

Okay here we go. Now I think I like this idea mentioned in the C....S thread. They shouldn't be called christmas lights. Now call me what you want but let me go further. Actaully if you let me or not I am going to anyway

Right now we have "Christmas Lights". Strings of lights that people string up around the holidays. Well actaully people start in November now because they have nothing better to do. But that is beside the point.

I think the idea of "Winter Lights" makes a lot of sense. People in the C...S are saying it is just an annoying thing for people to complain about it. But I say this, what if they were called "Satan Lights" or "Hitler Lights". People would be offended, I am willing to guess some people posting here would have a problem with people displaying "Nazi Lights" all over their house, and all over every freakin store!

But my real problem isn't with the name, people can call them what ever they want as far as I am concerned. Christmas has a religous connection no more! Well okay, I am sure it does for a couple people. But for MOST it is another week in the calendar to:

  • Drink
  • Get time off from their crap job
  • Drink
  • Buy crap that no one could possibly need for people they don't really like
  • Return all of the crap gifts they got from people they don't really like and stand in line at 5:00AM for Boxing Week Sales to get another DVD player for $35.
  • Feel good about cutting down a tree to put in their livingroom for a week, water it so it lasts just long enough the needles start raining down by new years then toss it to the curb side.
  • Eat copious amounts of GMO turkey's ending up with a few extra notches in the belt; then
  • making selfish new year resolutions that no one keeps longer than a month
  • rake up the amount on their three credit cards to they have something to pay off until next year.

Merry Christmas!? Bah! Humm-bug if you ask me!! Perhaps if it was about carrying and generosity then I would sing a different tune. Prove me wrong though if you can, I wouldn't mind.

2. Posted by Peter (Admin 5915 posts) 11y

Thing is, people put up Christmas lights to celebrate Christmas, not Winter.

It simply describes what they are. If some Satanic celebration involved hanging up Satan lights outside of their house, then I'd be more than happy to describe them as Satan Lights. At least people would know what I was talking about. If I called them winter lights, people might assume it has something to do with changing lights on my car for winter (akin to winter tyres).

If you were to go down this road, there would be a host of other things that might need to be changed. In fact, why would we stop at christmas lights - why not change the word Christmas itself to Winter Celebration?

Either way, Christmas Lights could NEVER be described as Winter Lights in Australia - they would have to be Summer Lights.

I rest my case.

3. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

Good point Peter. But I think some research may reveal that the majority of people that put up "christmas" lights don't even know why they do it. Have no idea why Dec.25 is celebrated. They just do it because their parents did.

4. Posted by Peter (Admin 5915 posts) 11y

I'm not saying people know why Christmas exists. I'm saying they put up the lights to celebrate christmas, whatever it means to them. The term 'christmas lights' simply describes what they are; lights put up to celebrate christmas. If they were lights put up to celebrate/mourn winter, then 'winter lights' would be a great term to use.

Likewise, I have no problem with the term 'fairy lights', which often describes the same thing - this despite the fact that I don't believe fairies actually exist.

5. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

hmmm good point again...

.. alas Part two as been thwarted! We will meet again!

6. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

I loath Christmas..........all holidays for that matter....the only upside is I always volunteer to work and get paid time and a half for it because no one else ever wants to work holidays....

7. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

Quoting CupCake

I loath Christmas..........all holidays for that matter....

Truer words have never been spoken!

8. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting Brendan

hmmm good point again...

.. alas Part two as been thwarted! We will meet again!

Oh B!! You give up much too easily!!!!

9. Posted by beerman (Respected Member 1631 posts) 11y

Quoting Brendan

*Some content may be unsuitable for people that disagree* Now call me what you want but let me go further.

*cracks B's knuckles*

OK, I want to call you.....FleaBottom.......and keep your hands to yourself.....

I agree that the season should be about extra caring and concern for one's fellow humans. The way the majority of people practice the season, it's seems more about the adoration of the Wal-Mart than of the adoration of the Magi. Hmm, capitalism gone awry, or marketing running rampant?

I suppose that all religious holidays have turned into marketing machines. The greeting card companies even make up new holidays (Bosses Day? Grandparents Day?) This is bad. Bad, bad, bad. I'll say it again...this is bad. Consumerism has perverted the true meaning of religious holidays, and the Sheep People (read: those who line up at 5:00 am November 25 for the Mega-Sales) follow in step with what they're being spoon fed by the Almighty (TV that is..). Christianity appears to have taken the outright lead in this respect, followed closely by Judaism (get your menorahs here, get 'em while they're hot!!)

If I see another inflatable Santa, plastic movable reindeer, light-up snowman, etc., well, it'll just be the same old thing. Who would have thunk that the baby Jesus needed lipstick, an I-Pod, and satin sheets for that duplex manger?

I don't think we have any GMO turkeys around here. And honestly, I think that would be an improvement over the antibiotic-laden, crippled blobs of white meat turkeys we get now.....Mind you, the domestic turkey is quite possibly the dumbest animal on Earth...they can drown in the rain because they won't put their heads down.....

As to the Christmas lights.....we use ours all year round. We've put them up around the living room and kitchen...they make excellent night lighting, just enough to see what is what without having to turn on a "big" light. Makes a nice atmosphere as well. Great for movie watching. And since we don't want to offend anybody's delicate sensibilities, we'll call them Kris lights.

I'm going to propose that we take all religion out of all religious holidays. Hence forth, the world shall simply worship me. I shall bring divinity and peace to a world lacking humanity.

Would someone please pass me my ermine robe and seashell-encrusted crown?

Thank you for your attention, my loyal subjects.

10. Posted by FionaNZ (Respected Member 903 posts) 11y

Quoting beerman

And since we don't want to offend anybody's delicate sensibilities, we'll call them Kris lights.

Oh, & I thought you meant Kris Kringle

Sorry about that Queenie, I should have realised it would have been you, our Green Silk & Ermine wrapped Divine Ruler that you were talking about

But I vote for the Drinking & more Drinking that comes along with these joyous occasions.. Hic