Song: Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
Artist: Sly And The Family Stone
Album: Greatest Hits
Today’s Quote: “Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.” ~ Unknown
Here it is, Christmas Eve and my holiday spirit is nowhere to be found. Each year I find it more difficult to get into either the secular or non-secular spirit of the holiday. It seems like every year, the commercialization of the holiday becomes more crass with ever increasing emphasis on the idea that your value as a human being is directly proportional to the cost of the gifts you give and receive. Or maybe it’s because I can’t really afford to indulge in the crass commercialism and, as a result, I feel inadequate as a human being.
In regards to the religious aspect of the holiday, I think the History Channel has spoiled it for me by providing evidence that Jesus more than likely was not born on December 25th although, even when I was young, I had my doubts. They kindly pointed out to me that the Gospel of Luke mentions that angels appeared to shepherds in the fields with their flocks and that the shepherds of that time did that in the spring when ewes delivered their lambs. I also gained the knowledge that the Magi were most likely Persians who believed in astrology and observed an astrological phenomenon in April of about 6 B.C.E. that could be interpreted as the Star of Bethlehem.
I’ve also become aware of the origins of many of our Christian holidays and most, if not all, of them were adapted from pagan festivities and given a Christian slant. Christmas used to be the Roman Saturnalia which culminated in the ritual sacrifice of a poor Roman couple on December 25th until the Church determined that the 25th would be Christ’s Mass day, hence Christmas.
Yes, ignorance can be bliss. Well, tomorrow I will celebrate the arrival of Santa Claus with my grandchildren. It is they who give me something to believe in during this holiday season.
Oh, by the way, nobody is getting a luxury SUV or diamond jewelry from me this year. Sorry.