So get this, two thousand and twelve years ago tomorrow a man was supposedly born who's existence would change the world forever and produce one of the largest followings ever known. His name was Jesus Christ and he was the son of God. This man became more and more well known in his time with tales of him turning water into wine and healing the blind ran rife throughout the lands and eventually, at the hands of the Roman's who were mainly polytheistic and believed in many gods (Most of them stolen from the Greeks and renamed), he was crucified. As an atheist this guy breaks a lot of my rules and beliefs and I struggle when trying to convince myself of the authenticity of his stories, but, nevertheless every year on December 25th myself, my family and roughly about 33% of the people on the planet celebrate Christmas Day.
We exchange gifts and cards and pleasantries for the season of good will and spend time with those we love, we enjoy parties at the places we work and eat and drink to our hearts content safely in the knowledge we can pledge a resolution against exactly that just a few days later on new years eve. All of this in celebration of the birth of that crazy dude that it is said walked on water and came back from the dead each on a separate occasions.
I don't mean to be that guy but, has Christmas lost its meaning slightly in this modern era?
Does anyone else think this?
How many of the people making your Christmas cards are christian do you think? How many Christians flood to the toy shops and expensive jewelery shops and the like in order to show their love and kindness in a materialistic way? I'm not so sure either but am I alone in thinking that if people want to hop on the band wagon of one religious holiday and take the perks without giving thought to the origin maybe they should make their own holiday? National spend your money on others day? whats wrong with that? National Spend the day with your loved ones? sounds good to me?
But, the blame is not entirely on just the people. There is, after all a lot of money to be made out of these people, and who should look after that for them? make sure their Christmas is the best ever? We don't need to go into this do we? Why do you think that John Lewis advert you just watched depicted the cutest looking 8 year old kid you could imagine smiling at his perfect parents because they bought him a £9000 crystal chandelier to hang from his perfect little fucking face. That was too much, I apologies.
I suppose what bothers me the most about Christmas is when it really starts, all the preparations and sly little reminders on whatever medium you just happen to be watching or listening. You're lucky if its not in full swing by the start of November. And for what? One sodding day of the year. So Merry Christmas everyone! and please don't think of me as bitter or a "Scrooge", I'm perfectly happy being the hypocrite, are you?