The War On Christmas discussion continues this week at Mommyish and today, we are taking a look at Jesus memes on Facebook. The ones some of your friends or family might post admonishing others for not "keeping the Christ in Christmas." I see these on my feed sometimes and as a former Catholic and current explorer of other faiths, it offends me. Don't tell me what to do. Don't insinuate that YOUR way is the only way, because it's not.
Maybe some of you can explain to me why some Christians get SO upset at the mere notion that people with beliefs other than their own would dare to celebrate Christmas in a way that has nothing to do with Christ. Does it somehow affect their own holiday plans to know that people enjoy Santa and buy presents for their children yet, never set foot in a church? Is someone telling them that they personally cannot celebrate CHRISTmas the way they want to? I mean, some government buildings even have Nativity scenes so I really fail to see how the "enemy" is winning in this war. Anyway, I digress. Am I the only one sick and tired of seeing the memes on Facebook defiantly stating that they are NOT ashamed to keep the Christ in Christmas and that he is "the only reason for the season?" I didn't think so. Let's dig in, shall we?
1. Nope. He's not. Not even a little.
I detest this sentiment. I don't detest Jesus at all, but I am not a fan of anyone else dictating my reasons for celebrating one of our country's most popular holidays. Whether they like it or not, there is Santa and a whole other thing going on this time of year that has nothing to do with Jesus. Maybe he is YOUR reason and that is fine. But kindly don't impose that belief on anyone else.
2. Who said anything about taking it out?
Christ can totally stay in Christmas. He has to. Otherwise, it would just be "mas".
3. Why can't it be about both?
If I am not mistaken, the Wise Men brought some pretty nice swag on the day of Christ's birth. They started it.
4. Christmas is not the only December holiday, #sorrynotsorry.
When some people say "Happy Holidays", it is not meant to actively avoid the mention of Christ. Sometimes, it is said to include New Year's, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, my birthday, Festivus, etc. Christians do not have a corner on December holidays.
5. Well, Santa is pretty fat.
If you want to make room, great. Clear a California King-sized space in your home for Jesus on Christmas. The fact of the matter is, not everyone wants to make room. And that is perfectly fine.
6. Says who?
I see what you did there, Christmas meme- with your little red letters, making the Christ part stand out. And that's fine- I happen to agree that the presents under the tree are not the only thing this season is about. I simply fail to see how others celebrating the way they chose is some kind of affront to Christians. Isn't it just a wonderful thing that so many people even recognize this holiday, whatever the reason? It is about family and being with the people you love. With or without Christ, it is a beautiful time for so many. One person's celebration does not have anything to do with yours- fill your house with Jesus and celebrate Christmas exactly as you please all the while understanding that no one is trying to take it away from you and likewise, you should not be trying to take away the personal meaning of this day from anyone else.
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