Something Scott Walker and I Agree On

Nov 08

Yes; you read that correctly.
There is something that the prime candidate for “Biggest Douche in the Universe 2011” and I agree on.
It comes from an article I read this morning in the Sheboygan Press regarding the conifer that stands in the rotunda of our state’s capitol.

“Walker said Monday that the evergreen decorated with ornaments and adorned with a star in the center of Wisconsin’s Capitol Rotunda is a Christmas tree, not a holiday tree as it’s been called for the past 25 years.”

With that one statement Walker has again solidified his stance on returning the state of cheese to the days of yore; the days of indentured servitude, everyone packing heat, and the offending of non-Christians everywhere with a plant.
To many people, though I tend to disagree, I am a screaming liberal – frothing at the mouth with my leftist views. So why would I agree with Scott Walker on publicly renaming the “Holiday Tree” a Christmas Tree? Putting it simply, because it is a Christmas Tree.
The Christians of antiquity incorporated the pagan rituals and celebrations into their faith’s practices to make following Jesus an easier pill to swallow. Christmas is a pagan holiday with Christian candy coating. So if any Wiccans or neo-Druids are offended, they need to do some research on the holiday.

 
The name “Christmas” I could see as somewhat unnerving. It is after all Christ Mass, which goes beyond being Christian to being strictly Catholic. But for those of us non Catholic kids who grew up celebrating Christmas, we didn’t think twice about the “mass” aspect of the name and more often than not didn’t even consider the Christ aspect. Sure they sang songs about Jesus and Charlie Brown’s classic Christmas special had Linus brilliantly reiterating the birth of the man, but in all honesty Christmas was more about Santa than church stuff.

 
I celebrate Christmas every year as a staunch agnostic. I do so because it is a part of American culture, not because of any religious overtones. I decorate my house with all the symbols of the season: a decorated plastic tree, energy sucking colored lights, tinsel and garland permanently knitted into my carpet and the styrofoam Santa sign that says Happy Birthday Troy on it that my mom made for me many, many years ago. (Yes, I am one of those lucky kids to be born on December 25th.) But I also have a mennorah that goes on my entertainment center, right next to my Buddha statue that permanently resides there. (As I write this I am contemplating the fabrication of a little Santa hat to put on my jolly little Buddha.) I do these things because it is a tradition. I do them because I want my kids to have the amazing memories of the holiday season that I was fortunate enough to have. I do them because it brings my family together. And I would do them all the same if Christmas was called Saturnalia, Allah Day, or Shiny Pineapple Festival. I will even go so far as to say that if it were called Lucifermas, I would still celebrate the holiday with the same themes of family, giving and love. Because really, when it gets down to it, the name doesn’t mean squat.

 
A Christmas tree is a Christmas tree because that’s what we have been calling it for 100 years or more and I for one am just fine with maintaining that tradition. The hyper sensitive people who find the name offensive really need to ask themselves why they are offended by a namesake for this tree that represents the one time of year where nearly all Americans of any faith (or lack thereof) come together under the unifying theme of “peace on earth, goodwill toward men”.

http://www.sheboyganpress.com/article/20111108/SHE0101/111108020/Walker-s-Christmas-not-holiday-tree?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Cimg%7CFRONTPAGE)

4 comments

  1. Just a smiling visitor here to share the love (:, btw great layout.

  2. Hello.This post was extremely motivating, particularly because I was looking for thoughts on this issue last week.

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