Yes – Christmas is a Christian festival!
It’s not often that I even mention my faith, because my faith is my own business and, if you choose not to believe in the same things that I do, then that is entirely your prerogative. However, when I read some of the comments in forums about whether one should say “Happy Holidays”, or “Happy Christmas”, I just despaired!
Seriously, are you that bothered by the fact that the holidays and the traditions that you enjoy at the end of December are, in fact, based upon a Christian festival? It can’t be because you think that celebrating a Christian event will send you into eternal damnation, because you don’t believe in that in the first place!
Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ and it has been for centuries. So, even if you are not a Christian, what the heck is wrong with saying “Happy Christmas”, or indeed, taking the days of work, which no doubt you do!
So, if we are to become a 100% secular society and scrub all trace of religions from our lives, let’s take a look a few of the other days of the year that atheists might like to change the names for.
Let’s strike this one straight out of the atheist dictionary, because Sunday, as you might have guessed, gets its name from the pagan goddess of the sun. While in English the name of the day has retained the reference to the sun God in other European languages such as Italian, the name of the day means The Lords Day, or Domenica.
We have another problem with Monday too, because that is the day devoted to the moon god. I guess you can see where this is going to lead now, so I will be brief.
Tuesday gets its name from the one handed Norse god, Tiw, who was especially gifted when it came to one-on-one combat.
Wednesday breaks down into Wodan’s Day, A chap you might know better as the Norse God Odin. I suppose the angry atheists could be comfortable with this one, if they tell themselves that day is named after a Marvel Comics character.
We can pretend that Thursday a safe atheist day too, because it is named after the Norse god of Thunder, Thor, who, of course, was invented by Stan Lee, is a member of the Avengers, and was not ever worshipped as a god.
Friday comes from the Anglo Saxon god called Fridge, which was the Norse name for the planet Venus, so basically, Friday is the day of Venus.
Saturday is taken from the Roman god Saturn.
So, there you have it, every single day of the week in the English language is named after a god that people used to worship, and I won’t even bore you with what the names of the months of mean. Oh, and let’s not forget that the very way that we count the passing of the years is based upon the number of the years that it has been since the birth of Christ.
The whole history of the world is steeped in religions, fables, myths, and fairy tales, that you have every right to either believe, or not believe, but do they have to be forgotten and obliterated from our language, simply because you don’t believe that there is any truth in them?
You can say “Happy Holidays”, if you like, and I won’t be offended, so please don’t be offended, if I carry on celebrating Christmas in the Christian way that I choose and I continue to say “Happy Christmas”
(Which, incidentally, derives its name from being the eve of the Christian feast day, All Hallows' Day, which is a day dedicated to remembering the dead, including the Christian Saints and Martyrs.)
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