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Brendan's Daily Diatribe: Part Two

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11. Posted by IronChef (Full Member 1076 posts) 11y


I'll be the first to say it and I think with that, B, I have successfully thwarted the thread. I think most people know why the lights are up. Not because mom and dad did it. Shoot. I still believe in Santa Claus. Not the person but the ideaology. The fact that some mythical figure can actually inspire hope and good cheer in the down-troden. Hope and Joy. Oh yeah. There is the birth of Christ somewhere in there. I just hope that we all look past the commercialism and enjoy the fact that 90% of the people out there actually try to act a little nicer. Just in case good ol' Saint Nick is watching.;)

Ho! Ho! Ho!

12. Posted by TKolb325 (Full Member 197 posts) 11y

Christmas is just a hi-jacked holiday. I'm not an expert on this, but I heard that the pegans actually first created a holiday in winter, and when the christians tried to assimilate large pegan populations into their culture/religion, they had christmas happen around the same time as their winter solstice holiday so the celebrations could be similar/same.
Like I said, i'm not an expert on this story, but I heard it from a friend that is much more knowlegeable on things of this nature than I am. And from what I do know of the history of christianity, this story is not very surprising to me.
In the end, the "hope and good will" are really the only important things. Whether it is religious or not, it is a time when people give to charities, and are (supposedly) kinder to people.

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

Christmas and the early Roman holiday of Saturnalia share the same date:
Christmas Origins
Saturnalia & Juvenalia

Most common of the celebrated pagan holidays:
Pagan Holidays

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

I would like to see those figures on your 90% IronChef. Let me take a quick census,in my head. So you are saying 9 out of 10 people have a complete disregard for the wanton greed surrounding the holiday season? Yeah that could be true.

I agree with the idea of compassion and love but why do people insist on having a 2 weeks out of 52 for it? Are people that out of tune with humanity that they can barely handle caring for 14 days.

Santa Clause is a joke. Contrived by the powers that be to coerce children early on to bend to the will of "the man"

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

Quoting Brendan

I agree with the idea of compassion and love but why do people insist on having a 2 weeks out of 52 for it? Are people that out of tune with humanity that they can barely handle caring for 14 days.

Because that's when they are reminded about it over and over and over and over. No other holiday stresses good will towards men as ardently as Christmas. They have even written Christmas carols about it. You don't get the same "jolly ho ho ho" from Easter - too somber an occasion - it celebrates death (okay, and a rising), but Christmas celebrates birth, life and miracles.

I might buy the 90% try to act nicer... But, are they doing it because they really want to be nicer, or because they feel they should? It is the holiday season after all... We're never going to stop the commercialization of Christmas anymore than we will stop lightning from striking. It ultimately has to come down to a personal choice. The choice to go with the flow, endure the hectic schedules, the shopping, the whole enchilada - or take a step back and focus on what is truly important. That being peace on earth, good will towards men. Gifts come and go, so sharing your time with friends and family should be above spending the family fortune because the kids or wife or husband or mother or father what that new toy.

Isa's done pontificating and will go find her "to do" list... It may need some culling this year...

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