Holiday History, Hysteria, and
A few thoughts from Prof. Lee
It is Christmastime again and
everyone is lighting their home like a carnival sideshow.
I try to look for the meaning. I know
that we are supposed to be celebrating the arrival of the Christ
Child. My eyes tell me a different story. It appears that in our
society, the entire celebration has gotten completely pagan with
its Pantheon of holiday characters. The whole Santa legend along
with the alternative Kwanzaa and Chanukah bit is quite confusing.
Mainly it appears to be a commercial bonanza for merchants and an
expensive ordeal for parents, where all are mostly concerned with
living up to immature and unrealistic
of children. I am grateful for the happiness of the youngsters,
and confused by the behavior of the adults.
It is an inappropriate time of year
to celebrate the arrival of Jesus.
This is clearly not the time of year
that Christ was born. There is a verse in the Bible stating the
lambs were in the fields as the three wise men traveled to
Bethlehem. Probably the spring, about when the circus hits the
road every year.
The Son of God had His birthday
rescheduled by some Roman SOB.
This winter celebration which we call
Xmas, with the feast and gift exchange, goes back to before the
time of Christ. At some later point in history, an early Pope of
Rome, to satisfy the populace, allowed the pagans to keep their
feasts and orgies. But he renamed them as Christian Holy Days.
This compromise went along with bread and the circus. The emerging
Christian religion, and all its clerics, were given recognition,
and as the old guard was unaffected; he slid the bill through the
senate. We’re still stuck with it.
My four-year old daughter asked me
what I want for Christmas.
My stock answer for years; “fame &
fortune”. She asked, “Why do you want that?” I had to think. I
guess its insanity. I mean you have got to be nuts to want to be
famous. I’ve never seen any good come from fame. Everyone famous
gives up his or her privacy. Some give up a lot more.
History’s most famous showman
Masses of people came to see the
wonders. From what I can learn by reading the press of the era, it
was quite a production. It was the longest running sideshow of all
time. He made a pitch that got an awful lot of attention and had a
very high closing ratio. He performed miraculous stunts. He healed
the freaks. His concessions dept. served food and drink to the
spectators with the lowest stock bill in history, a few fishes and
loaves. He closed with piercing and suspensions. His last
performance was an escape act with a huge boulder and a cave. He
put on a show so spectacular, that great numbers of fans still
attend lectures just to hear about the show. Now that’s fame. What
an act to try to follow!
Let us all celebrate His birth with
Merry Christmas to all!!
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