It’s not a “Christmas” Tree either, you fuckwits…

So, a friend of mine got this as an email from a coworker today:

This is NOT a Holiday Tree

[insert touching and sentimental drawing of a decorated tree here]

This is a Christmas tree.
It is not a Hanukkah bush,
It is not an Allah plant,
It is not a Holiday hedge.
It is a Christmas tree.

Say it… CHRISTmas , CHRISTmas , CHRISTmas

Yes. CHRISTmas –

Celebrating the Birth of Jesus Christ!!!

Take a stand and pass this on !!

The epic moronitude of some really boggles the mind. As my gentle readers know, I’m not a fan of Christmas. I like the lights. I love the family gatherings. I dig getting presents. But in general it seems to me like everyone misses the point. And bullshit like this just reinforces that feeling tenfold.

Let me enlighten those of you who have been swept up in Bill O’Reilly and his wingnut all-stars’ latest crusade – fighting the war against Christmas. Ahem – the tree you’ve got in your living room has nothing to do with Christmas. It has nothing to do with Jesus Christ.

The “Christmas Tree” is a tradition that predates Christianity. Northern European pagans decorated evergreen trees to symbolize life in the midst of death. It was a symbol of hope that the community would survive the winter, back when surviving a winter was a real crapshoot.

And, as a matter of fact, putting a tree up in one’s home was not common during the Christmas season until the 19th century when Charles Dickens, working on behalf of the merchants of London, helped to promote what we consider today to be a “traditional Christmas” ritual of gift giving and celebration during the Winter Solstice.

IF these so-called conservatives really wanted to promote some kind of pure and unadulterated Christianity they’d be insisting that we chuck the trees, get rid of the piles of presents and instead of going on a mad consumerist orgy for the holidays encourage us to go to Church and to engage in solemn reflection and prayer. They’re not encouraging any of these things because they’re full of so much shit it is streaming out of their ears.

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