Christmas isn’t far away right now, so why don’t I talk about Christmas, and not just Christmas, but also my relationship with it, and why I think it should no longer be a religious holiday.
I believe that Christmas isn’t about Jesus anymore, and nor is it really Christian. Here are a few posts that explain (1), why the modern holiday is a collation of various folk traditions, and (2), why an actually Christian Christmas would suck.
Why did I give those links? Because I’m not actually talking about those particular parts of Christmas. If I can continue, I’ll be talking about why Christmas should be celebrated as a secular holiday.
Christmas might have been about Jesus in medieval times. However, since the 19th century, this has become less of the case. Santa Claus as we know him was created in 1863 by cartoonist Thomas Nast. He eventually became a mascot for Coca-Cola during Christmas (you can see him on the coca-cola cans and bottles every December), and became an iconic character who basically belongs to the public. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was created by Robert L. May in 1939, and has since been a mainstay for over 70 years.
To put it simply, nothing about Christmas, except for the nativity, can be found in the Bible at all, and yet the Christians stole Christmas from the Pagans, and rewrote it to be about it Jesus. So technically, in the past, it was never about Jesus to begin with.
Now, Christmas is an entirely commercial holiday, and the season doesn’t start in late December anymore. It starts quite early in November, almost immediately after the UK’s own Bonfire Night holiday. It’s the best time for companies to make a profit, but the absolute worst time for a mother. But for a kid, it’s the best time of the freaking year! For an autistic boy who needs his routines, such as myself, this is a golden opportunity. For me, this is currently the only time of the year where I can guarantee that I’m still a kid, that almost everything is the same as that golden age when I was kid, before the dark ages that were brought upon me when I moved.
And yet we shouldn’t say “Christmas is cancelled” whenever the central tenets of the holiday are shown to be shambles by pompous-ass scientists who just want to kill religion. Because we like the commercial Christmas. I like it. Why? Because it’s fun! As I already said, it’s the only time when the realms of my past and present can mingle and co-exist, because for that period only, they are one and the same, because I kept it that way.
Yes, Christmas has lost whatever spiritual meaning it had in the past, but it’s ideals still live on: good will, kindness, togetherness, and peace.
No matter what Christmas movie or TV special or priest will tell you, the materialistic, consumerist version of Christmas is the true meaning of Christmas in today’s world, and we’ve never seen any need to abandon it, because it’s good for our economy. The Christians and the Atheists can try and get us over it, but will always fail, because Christmas is also a time where people can feel good in their otherwise depressing lives. Besides, we are an increasingly irreligious society, and the commercial Christmas, though it might make a mockery of the folk traditions it was inspired by, is a way of keeping the holiday alive in a world losing its attachments to religion. I don’t mean to cause offence, but for most people, Jesus isn’t a part of the modern Christmas.
And that’s why Christmas isn’t about Jesus. But we should celebrate it anyway. It’s like a warm thing in our hearts that tries to encourage us to forget the bad news and be good to each other, even if it is a toll on us all.