A Christmas Rant by Dan Barnes

Dan has done some of the work for those who would like to air a few grievances Frank Costanza style about many who like to combat those who perpetuate the so-called “War on Christmas.” You can read the whole thing here, but here are the gripes:

  1. X-Mas. It drives me crazy when Christians make a big deal about X-Mas (you heard me). X=Greek for Christ. WE STARTED THIS, we wrote x-mas when we understood what it meant. Pagan’s don’t want to take Christ out of Christmas, they are oblivious, they don’t care. We did it, forgot we did it and then got ticked off.
  2. Happy Holidays. Holiday means “Holy Days”. It’s not much different that Christmas, it means days that God set apart as Holy. STOP CRYING! It’s obnoxious.
  3. Hallmark, or should I say the boycott there of. Listen, Hallmark isn’t required to sell religion Christmas cards, they are not a Christian store. They don’t want to have to compete with the Christian Book Stores, STOP COMPLAINING ABOUT IT. Hallmark can sell whatever they want, if you don’t like it, shop someplace else, but stop whining!
  4. Selective Pagan campaign. If I hear one more person go off about how “female angels are pagan” I might lose my Christmas cheer. THE WHOLE TREE IS PAGAN. The lights, the gifts, the date, it’s all pagan. You don’t like it, celebrate Christmas in the spring with no tree, no gifts and no equinox. Leave the barbie doll angels alone.

Agree? Disagree? What part of the “war on Christmas” do you tire of? Does this so-called war have any justification?

Αυτω η δοξα

2 thoughts on “A Christmas Rant by Dan Barnes

  1. Couldn’t #1 and 2 possibly fall under something like the etymological fallacy? Whether they had noble religious origins or not, doesn’t current usage dictate their meaning? If something that originally had religious meaning behind it later gets repurposed then the origin doesn’t matter much anymore.

    Just a thought. They don’t bother me.

  2. Just wondering if you’ve seen In Defense of “Happy Holidays” | 9Marks, which is very similar to this post? I’ve never quite understood the purpose of the campaign to get stores to get their employees to say “Merry Christmas” instead of “Happy Holidays”. Let’s suppose, for the sake of argument and against all common sense, that they are wildly successful in their efforts and stores switch to saying “Merry Christmas” en masse. Does anyone really expect that people are going to start thinking, “Wow, all these employees keep saying ‘Merry Christmas’ to me, therefore Christianity must be true. I’d never have seen the light if they had told me ‘Happy Holidays’ instead. I better go repent right now. I just wish I could thank each and every Christian that fought the war for Christmas because without them, I would have never seen the errors of my ways.”?
    As for “justification” of the war, I think what it basically comes down to is that some Christians feel that culture needs to reflect their beliefs in order for them to feel that their beliefs are validated.

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