I was flipping through the channels the other night and Bill O'Really was on FOX news talking about this year's "War on Christmas." I've got to go back to the archives to find some of the stuff we talked about over here.
This "War on Christmas" stuff has been going on for a while. I remember waay back when I was in CCD (Catholic meetings for young folks) lo, those many years ago back on Island City. One week during a holiday season, when I was growing my hair out and wearing steel toed combat boots around like I had something to prove, CCD brought in a guest speaker to tell us wayward kids about how we were "losing what Christmas was all about." His primary example? That some folks called Christmas "X-mas."
Being the smart ass that I was (so much has changed, after all) I raised the point that only a few weeks earlier, we had learned that Emperor Constantine of Rome had converted before a great battle, and had Chi - Rho labeled on some of his armies' banners. Chi - Rho were the first two Greek letters of "Christ," and the Greek symbol for Chi is an "X," so that saying "X-mas" is just a different way of saying "Christmas."
The Christmas Warriors (tm) also can't stand when I bring up that the word "holiday" is just a conjuntion of the words "Holy" and "Day." So all those folks who are mad at "Holiday Trees" and "Happy Holidays" are getting angry at people for saying, effectively, have a blessed Holy Day. But excuse me for being literate. (As a disclaimer, I do come from the only state in the Union to replace the Confederate flag on their state flag with a different Confederate flag but nobody's complaining anymore, such is the importance of symbolism...)
The guest speaker didn't like me very much. Can't imagine why. It sure is tough to let really real history get in the way of all that mythmaking. (HT: Clicked) But I've never been the expert on the Christmas thing anyway, as the holiday (there I go again) is generally a cold time of the year, and I prefer palm trees to misteltoe and red, red wine in a plastic cup on the beach to roasting chestnuts. But my parents have a fire pit in their back patio on Island City, so we make due. Least the ice in the cooler don't melt so fast, is what I'm sayin'.
The Moms, on the other hand, gets really into it, and there is a chance you will be able to see her house from orbit for all the shiny lights.
This year, the first blogger I see to bring up the tWOC is DADvocate, and though he and I see this issue very very differently, he brings up a hilarious point. The Surgeon General has chided Santa Claus for "being too fat" to role model to kids in our obese society. Now, that's comedy.