The made up "War on Christmas" has started. Again.
Previously it was some fundies and conservatives foaming at the mouth over people saying "Happy Holidays*" instead of Merry Christmas during the holiday season. These folk need to get a life that involves living with their fellow human beings instead of demanding everyone else follow their narrow and preferable version of theocracy view of the world.
Now it is over the fact that Starbucks ' holiday cups this year are simply red and green. OMGHERD!!!!!!! PLAIN CUPS IN TRADITIONAL CHRISTMAS COLORS!!!!!!! NO MENTION OF JESUS AND SUCH!!!! WAR ON CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SOMEONE SEND A WHAMBULANCE!!!!!!
Um, dudes, Starbucks has always had secular holiday cups. Previous years have had the cups featuring snowflakes, reindeer and other non-religious holiday symbols. Never once have they featured Christian holiday symbols.
Considering that for the most part, Christmas as a big holiday in the western world is pretty new. In fact it was more or less illegal in the early American colonies and the Roman Catholic Church celebrated it with a mass with no extra trimmings for most of it's history. It really wasn't until the Victorians adopted it for family celebrations that it became a big thing.
Heck, the vast majority of the traditions were stolen from pagans, including Dec 25th since the Church wanted to stamp out all other religions and stole pagan holidays and overlaid ones that they made up, like Jesus being born in the winter, when he was clearly born in the spring. So, if they wanted to celebrate His birthday correctly, they can bloody well figure it when it was (I think some scholars pinpointed it to sometime in April) and move their big birthday celebration to then and let everyone else celebrate the winter holidays however they want in peace.
Wishing folk a Happy Holiday during this time of year covers BOTH religious (Christmas, Hanukkah, Solstice/Yule, Kwanzaa and whatever religious celebration happens around this time) AND the nice secular let's all go out eat, drink and be merry enjoying and surviving the winter holidays. With the caffeinated beverage (or not) of your choice in cups that come in festive colors.
And those screaming the loudest. Why don't you stop screaming and do what Jesus would probably do during this season. Make sure the poor and needy have the basics for survival, maybe some extras to make the holidays happier. Feed the poor, comfort the sick, be kind to everyone, whoever they are. I extremely doubt that Jesus gives a crap about about how his birthday is celebrated. Unless it is quietly by doing good works and stop shouting about it at the top of your lungs. That would make Him very happy.
*Holiday, as in: (from “holy day”), originally, a day of dedication to religious observance; in modern times, a day of either religious or secular commemoration.
Image Credit » Jean Crawford Evans 2015