This week I was watching a news show on tv about how many people are in an uproar about the word Christmas. It always irritates me. It seems like there is a different group each year wanting to celebrate their own little 'holiday' in December. Halloween was suddenly not enough! And, whatever you do don't use the word 'Christmas' because it might offend a non-Christian. It's like a bunch of people woke up one day and realized that the word Christmas had Christ's name in it and we can't have that!!!!! I mean, it isn't like we haven't already commercialized it beyond recognition anyway. But, the more I thought about it the angrier I got and I had to take a chill pill and settle down for a moment.
This is what I came to realize. This will come as a shock to my husband who has been telling me this for over 13 years. Winter Solstice was a pagan holiday. I know that much but little more about it since I'm NOT A PAGAN!!!!! Christians decided that "we" needed a holiday to celebrate the birth of our Savior. Which is true and I am WAY cool with that decision. I totally understand that Jesus was more than likely born in the summer even though....is it not hot in the desert most of the time? My argument has always been 'it doesn't really matter when Jesus birthday actually is, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Martin Luther King, Jr. were not born on Monday (and yes I actually looked it up) but we are more than happy to take a Monday off each year to celebrate. Not to mention, George and Abe DO NOT share the same birthday!!!! BUT, December 25th is the day set aside to celebrate Jesus' birthday.' I have always thought that EVERYBODY should just accept that and be cool with it.
When the chill pill started taking effect, I began to wonder why we as Christians were just sitting around and letting this happen without really much of a fight. I then had a thought (yes it did hurt because it doesn't happen that often)"Bless their hearts!!" The pagans and all those who are offended by the word Christmas--bless their hearts, their poor misguided little hearts. All they are doing is trying to take back what was originally theirs to begin with. We, after all, had taken it away from them so long ago.
This brought to my mind something that happened a few years back (totally unrelated to Christmas). We were playing in a playoff game in a land far far away. The team's mascot was the Indian. Of course, their call to battle was the 'Tomahawk Chop.' You would expect nothing less of any self respecting Indian team. But, what they hadn't realized until that night was their team/fans were not the only was all charged up by the "Chop." Their band started playing the "Chop" and our band fired it up as well. But, of course, if you're going to do it (especially in Indian territory)...You have to do it right! So each time the Indians would start pounding their war drums, our band would do it too, only with more veracity and ummph! Each time it was louder and louder and louder. Until finally, their band just quit playing it altogether. They tried an elevator music version of Tomahawk Chop over the PA system but we were all thinking who brought that mess out here!!!! Not that it mattered since we now had the band playing, the fans singing, and the football team charging down the field. We couldn't hear anything other than ours! At that moment, one of our fans stood up and yelled, "THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKIN' ABOUT! TAKE THEIR STUFF AND BREAK IT OFF IN 'EM!!!"
So, really the pagan folk are just upset that Christians took Winter Solstice and BROKE IT OFF IN 'EM! Oh yeah! Whoop! Whoop! It's ours now! Get over it!!! We won that football game on that very cold November night. Just like so many years ago, when we took Winter Solstice and made it forevermore our Christmas! Now, it is our job to not let them take it back from us in the last seconds of the 4th quarter!!! Go FIGHT WIN!!!!