Christmas is coming.......but how many actually, really, TRULY question 'WHY' they are celebrating?
I bet the no. 1 answer is....'well, we do it every year...tradition ain't it?'
There is alot to be said for keeping traditions alive, but why this one and why does the advertising industry and all forms of media bombard us with Christmas 'programming' from as early as the SUMMER TIME..?
Why don't people go..."hey, you know what, we have been celebrating Christmas for ALL OUR LIVES...I wonder how much we have spent in all? Can anyone remember what they got, say 4 years go, and what you gave?? I bet the answer is NO! SO...why are we bothering this year? Lets NOT, let's find something else to do...especially if we get to save LOADS of money and time!"
The true meaning of Christmas is (apparently) to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ...so why has a big old fat man in a white beard hijacked it??
|good old Santa Claus..??|
December time has had a long tradition of celebration, primarily the Winter Solstice. There is a myriad of info online with regards to this celebration and it is from this that our modern traditions around 'Christmas' emerge. It is no coincidence that the date of Jesus's birth coincides with the timing of this.
Here is a link to a great website, giving all sorts of explanations...read at your leisure!
..'Where did Christmas originate? From the Bible or paganism? What is the real origin of Santa Claus—mistletoe—Christmas trees—holly wreaths—and the custom of exchanging gifts? Many are concerned about putting “Christ back into Christmas.” Was He ever there? Here are the stunning answers!'
If you really do want to celebrate, then how about this...
If you are going to have a gathering this year, friends family, why not do the 'secret santa' idea, decide which of you is going to get the ONE present and MAKE IT YOURSELF, NO SHOP BUYING! That way alot more thought and effort would go into the whole occasion. Everyone brings round food, everyone shares...or you give the host/ess a set sum for her to go and buy the food...that way you are not individually spending shed loads in excess when you really do not need to....
...FORGET THE WHOLE THING ALTOGETHER! I mean, it is not as if you haven't given THE WHOLE OF YOUR LIFE to this 'celebration' and no doubt, a WHOLE LOAD OF MONEY AND TIME to it as well!
And last, but not least...the FOOD!!
Do you honestly think that Jesus would want you to have round your table the sacrificial remains of a dead animal, in his name?? How many times have you seen Jesus pictured like this....
..so why is it acceptable to have this as a centerpiece.....?
..OR THIS, I should say.....
|one of God's 'precious creatures'.|
There are also many so called 'Christians' who still enjoy the sacrifice, and gladly tuck into their Sunday roast and their Xmas dinners. I found it quite shocking last year, our local church, in the poster for the 'free Xmas Day Lunch '...a roast turkey was shown! How can that be right?? Are not turkey's 'God's creatures' also? Should not the churches be advocating their 'flock' all go vegan? For is it not one of the greatest 'sins' to commit.'thou shalt NOT KILL'? Or should the bible be re-written to say.."thou shalt not kill HUMANS..but it's perfectly fine to kill others of God's creations...." Hypocrisy at it's finest, on display, every year!
..So...just where did it originate that a turkey was 'the' sacrifice of choice', on Jesus's birthday?
..here is a little snippet for you, as an explanation...(courtesy of Yahoo Answers)
At one time in this country the meat was goose. They were plentiful and the fat from them gave a wonderful dripping. If you want to know what dripping is then ask the question.
Wartime saw the decline in meat eating and I can remember having sausages for . After the war Chickens came to the table as goose was escalating in price then somehow the American holiday of Thanksgiving at which the turkey was and is always served influenced the British. sprang up and suddenly turkey was on offer. It was cheap and they were easy to breed and fatten.
One turkey would feed a whole family and have loads left for tea time and boxing day. Then maybe a risotto just before New Year. The frozen turkey helped everything along as it could be purchased and stored well before Christmas. I think that now people are going on to beef,lamb etc as it is, due to it's cost, more of a treat.
Have a happy and blessed Christmas.
It is very telling, just from this one paragraph, that people are still so indoctrinated into the 'traditions' of animal murder at Christmas. See how this writer is referring to it as a 'treat'. Well, I am sure the poor turkey is REALLY looking forward to Xmas this year....NOT!
Many people will argue FEROCIOUSLY with me on these last few paragraphs stating "well it is OUR choice what we eat and if we want to eat meat, we are entitled..." "Animals are here on this earth for our food, we are at the top of the food chain...so if it's there, gonna eat it.." and the classic..."can't do without me meat and after all, where would I get me protein from??!" That old chestnut! LOL
It could almost be that the real meaning was hijacked, somewhere along the way, and turned into one great big money making commercial scam! What better than to sucker the masses into believing they have to join in and buy, buy, BUY..and if they don't there is even a name for them ( and my good self, no doubt...).....Scrooge!!