My large family started as a Christian family. But as the years went by about half of us ended up not believing in God or Christian values. All of us continued to celebrate Christmas, though. There was no conscious thought to change much about the holidays so little changed. Secular Christmas is everything Christmas except that little thing about being the birthday of the son of God.
Secular Christmas is everything Christmas except…
If you say “Merry Christmas” to me I will say it right back. If you send me a Christmas card, I will be sure to send you one back. Don’t expect a baby Jesus mention in my card. I don’t mind this time of year being called the Holiday Season but I am more likely to call it Christmas and the New Year.
I’ve always liked receiving gifts and giving gifts so I have never missed the gift exchange at Christmas. I like eggnog and peppermint ice cream and consume both near Christmas. I don’t even mind bringing trees into the house to decorate. Personally it is easier to have an artificial tree which is what I have.
I sometimes use the cutesy Xmas shorthand and secretly like the idea of there being no Christ in it.
I sometimes use the cutesy Xmas shorthand and secretly like the idea of there being no Christ in it. My Christian friends think “Well at least it has a cross in it.”
I even think it quite likely that Secular Christmas is spreading. In my town, Syrian refugees were allowed to get Christmas gifts for their kids at some charity thing this year. I believe they will give those gifts to their children and just say it is the time of year to give and get. I will lay odds that 98% of them will remain Muslim and will just start this new Secular Christmas as a part of being Canadian.
So for all you Christian people who complain that you can’t say Merry Christmas anymore, Secular Christmas allows you to do this. Just don’t expect the Merry Christmas you hear back to mean anything about the baby Jesus.
Secular Christmas means Santa Claus and commercialism.
Secular Christmas means Santa Claus and commercialism. It means all those delightful traditions you’ve been doing all along. Just don’t expect everyone wishing you a Merry Christmas to attend your church’s Christmas mass.
A hot chocolate toast, then (it’s what I happen to be drinking), to Secular Christmas.