December 6, 2005

Merry Christmas (in advance)

So, clearly, I’ve become both more annoyed and more amused at this war on Christmas business since the pot-stirrers turned up the rhetoric on it this year. (See previous post)

For the record, I’m not planning on letting any of this “War On Christmas” (cue the nightly news graphics and music) have any effect AT ALL on the way I celebrate. I’m still going to say things like “Have a merry Christmas.” and “happy holidays” and “holiday season” and “campus store.”

I refuse to be self-conscious about it. I may even use “Xmas” — and not to insult ignorant people who think it’s taking Christ out of Christmas, but just because I want to use it and there’s no good reason not to.

I don’t want to take the Christ out of your Christmas. I can’t imagine caring how you, or celebrate your Christmasses. And I’m not sure why any of you should care how I celebrate my Christmas.1 Or, really, how I greet you as long as it doesn’t devolve into “screw you.”

Is it a Holiday Tree? Is it a Christmas Tree? I don’t care what you call it, but to me it is a Christmas Tree. Since I was little. Regardless of faith. It’s an American tradition no matter what you call it. And whatever happened to people being happy that you could still sneak in your influence no matter what you called it? If people can agree on decorating a tree on the town commons, and they say that the town needs to call it a “holiday tree” if they’re going to keep the tradition, shouldn’t Christians snicker to themselves and say “no matter what you call it, it’s still a Christmas tree - silly secularists!” And they will continue to actually call it a Christmas tree. And so will everyone else.

This year had too many bad things happen in it to dwell on stuff like this.

Except maybe for a laugh.

1 Excepting those of you who have expressed the preference that I not get tipsy and sing “Stille Nacht” followed by “Haul Away Joe” on the steep and frozen roof of our office. Your concern for my health and wellbeing is appreciated, but I know you are extremely concerned about my almost nonexistent grasp of German and my tendency to gesticulate wildly when singing sea shanties.

Posted by James at December 6, 2005 9:18 PM
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People should be far more worried about the nonstop war on truth in these troubled times.

Posted by: Chuck S. at December 7, 2005 8:04 AM

A halyard shantey should not allow for wild gesticulations. It's a two-hand worksong. Do Pete Seeger and I have to come over and show you? And anyways: "One hand for the boat." Merry Christmas.

Posted by: ThirdMate at December 7, 2005 9:01 AM

And so you see the depths of my problem.

Posted by: James at December 7, 2005 9:12 AM

James, you were just offered an opportunity to meet Pete Seeger. The proper reply is "I'm not worthy!!!" or "yes, please." ;-)

Posted by: Julie at December 7, 2005 9:48 AM

Now, saying Merry Kiss-mas is definitely trying to take the Christ out of Christmas. Merry Christ-moose is taking the "mas" out of Christmas. As everyone knows, "mas" is Spanish for "more". Christmas is about 'more Christ'. Taking out the 'mas' is much more offensive to me. Which is the more offensive statement? "Jesus is a moose" or "More kissing". Honestly. It's quite simple.

Posted by: briwei at December 7, 2005 11:19 AM

Jeez. (Oops. Am I taking Jesus out of Jesus?)

All these years I thought the saying was "Mary Christmas". Now I'm all confused.

Posted by: Mike at December 7, 2005 12:25 PM

No, Mike. You're taking the "us" out of Jesus. Want him all to yourself, huh? Selfish fanatic.

Posted by: briwei at December 7, 2005 1:05 PM

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