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Merry Christmas to everyone, and yes even to atheists, because Christmas is a very inclusive celebration. Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, the man who died on the Cross to forgive us of our sins.
It’s a time when people remember what it’s like to be good, and because of that, it is why the Christmas holidays are my favorite time of the year.
At the risk of sounding like too much of a Christmas shill, I do acknowledge the existence of celebrations such as Saturnalia and Yuletide. Saturnalia is an ancient Roman holiday celebrating the winter solstice. Yuletide is an ancient Germanic Holiday.
Saturnalia showcased role reversals and behavioral reversals. Slaves were allowed to feast before their masters, the masters served the food. Slaves were given the freedom of speech. They were given the temporary privilege of gambling. Everybody enjoyed gift giving and feasting.
Yuletide featured feasting, getting drunk, getting drunk, and getting drunk. There were sacrifices, praying to Odin, idol worship, and dirty blood rituals.
Over time, Christianity proved to be the better midset, making the ancient holidays of Saturnalia and Yuletide obsolete. The worship of idols was forbiden, no more blood sacrifices, no more worship of false gods, no more debauchery, etc.
Christianity won, paganism lost, and now the Christian holiday is recognized universally as the official Christmas holiday. Giving gifts, sharing stories, feasting on good food, Christianity pruned out the worst elements, and retained the best parts. Who can resist?
It’s the time of year when the clawing, the gouging, the thievery, and lies, drop to a minimum, so if anything, even non religious people can appreciate it.
In Eastern Orthodox, Christmas is celebrated on January 7. The reason for that is because December 25 is January 7 on the Julian calendar. So if you’re like me, you get Christmas not once, but twice every year. It’s awesome.
Now in this Christmas, chances are, you’re going to be asked to drink. If you do, try not to overdo it. Drinking isn’t necessarily bad, but you don’t want to drink ’till you puke. It won’t impress the girls at the party, and it would be bad for dry-cleaning.
I wish everyone a safe and merry Christmas. Be nice to the people you meet, and do make good second or third impressions.
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