I just caught a Christmas-themed commercial on television, with
a carol as the soundtrack and images of Christmas trees and Santa.
[While writing this, a second one came on.]
In case anyone hasn't noticed, or is reading this weeks from now
without looking at the timestamp, it is not yet Samhain (All Hallows),
much less (US) Thanksgiving. I also note that a friend on the other
coast described an in-person sighting of Christmas mall-decorations
going up already,
a few days ago.
May I please get time to enjoy the holidays ahead of it before
we get into full Christmas overload (which also makes it harder,
at least for me, to enjoy Christmas itself as much)? Clearly,
the not-commercialized Christian holidays are getting
not only shortchanged, but in the case of All Hallows (aka All
Saints Day) and All Souls they're actually being obscured,
papered over (in wrapping paper) by the Christmas-and-no-other-holidays
crowd. Or is it that they're not-Protestant rather than not-commercial?
The non-church-holiday-but-still-with-religious-overtones Thanksgiving
is being denied its proper time in our attention as well, saved
from being completely ignored only thanks to its football matches
and ... its customary, but now apparently obsolete, role marking the
start of the
Commercemas Christmas shopping season.
And Samhain, the Celtic New Year holiday from which we borrowed
some of our older All Saints Eve (Hallow E'en) traditions and use
as the inspiration excuse for most of our modern ones
is clearly a major target of this War On All Holidays Other Than
Christmas -- are the Catholic holidays serious targets as well, or mere
"collateral damage" in this war?
Either way, it's clear that the economic weight of Christmas,
the 800-pound gorilla of holidays, is being used to crush other
holidays, drive them into obscurity, and prevent those of us who
value tradition and wish to remember the reason
for every season from being permitted to properly
celebrate Other Holidays as they are meant to be celebrated --
that is, as holidays in their own right, not merely as landmarks
on the road to Christmas!
We who care about any of these other holidays must
stand up for our rights! Do not let them diminish the rest of
the holidays! We are being oppressed, and if we do not challenge
this annual expansion of Christmas, stop the slide down this
slippery slope, sooner or later there will
be nothing left in the calendar -- no Flag Day, no Independence
Day, no Easter, only Christmas, Boxing Day, and three hundred
and sixty three days of Christmas Eve! Look at how Lincoln's
and Washington's birthdays have already been crushed,
smooshed together into a single, unremarkable (except for linen
sales) "Presidents Day"! Every holiday you hold dear is at
risk if you do not act.
The Jewish major holidays have been poorly represented in
public consciousness for a long time, with the minor Channukah
elevated to prominence as part of the backdrop for Christmas.
And the Muslim calendar is so poorly understood on these
shores that most people have no clue when its holidays are
-- count the number of times you hear "Happy Ramadan" this
December despite the month of Ramadan having ended about a
week before the end of October (this year ... it'll be even
funnier in years when Ramadan happens in July). I've already
mentioned what happened to George Washington and Abraham Lincoln,
and to assorted Catholic Holidays that Aren't Christmas. So I
say to you: Muslims, you are being oppressed; Catholics, you
are being oppressed; Patriots, you are being
oppressed; Jews, you are being oppressed (yet again);
and Protestants who believe Easter is a more important religious
holiday than Christmas (everybody has a birthday -- how many
have a rebirth-day, huh?), you too are being
oppressed! Old-calendar Orthodox Christians, you are being
oppressed (do you think any of these Noelists are going to
wish you Merry Christmas in January? But you do get to take
advantage of the "after Christmas" sales for your Christmas shopping,
which is some compensation...) So it's clearly not simply a
"Christians gainst everybody else" thing, as some of the Christmas Over
Everything people try to portray it, since even some (many!) Christians
get short shrift here -- don't let them get away with this.
Protest to the shopkeepers, those craven servants of "political
correctness" who have bowed to the pressure of the Noelists (or
have been bribed by their shopping money) to replace these other
holidays with ever more Christmas, however they try
to Disguise their Christmasism with supposedly innocuous "Happy
Holidays" (as if they were paying attention to any holidays not
contemporaneous with Christmas -- ha!) and "Season's Greetings"
(note how no other season is credited with its own greeting?).
Boycott the stores, even entire malls, that start
Christmas too early and trample the freedom of those who would
celebrate Hallowe'en and Thanksgiving as holidays separate
from Christmas, preferring to celebrate Christmas in its
own season instead of in other holidays' time!
Make certain that the media understand that we are tired of
this War Against Holidays Other Than Christmas
and that we are equally tired of being dismissed as inconsequential
cranks. Remind them that we speak for countless others too
commercial political correctness to give
voice to their own dismay at the obscuring of the other
holidays -- the lurkers support us in email!.
Insist on being greeted with "The Monster Mash" instead of
Christmas carols tomorrow and the next day, with "Boo!" or
"Happy Hallowe'en" instead of garlands and Christmas trees.
Insist that until Thanksgiving we honour the memory of those
who settled this great nation , and overeating,
with pretty autumnal brown and orange and gold (which make
the red and green and tinsel of Christmas seem all the more
special when they show up as the transition from the Thanksgiving
decorations than when they've been up so long they become
background noise -- the Noelists are harming their own
favourite holiday in their quest to drive all other holidays
down). If you enter a store before Thanksgiving and see a
Santa hat, find the manager and insist it be replaced by a
hat with a buckle on it. Don't let them crush our holidays!
And if anybody says anything about a so-called "War On Christmas",
remind them that Christmas started it!