We are living in a time, when it is morally acceptable to be a selfish bully. We have elected someone as President who got rich from overcharging people and storing it up, instead of giving to the poor and needy. He ran on a platform of helping OTHER people be able to keep their money instead of giving to those in need. While in office, he cut funding from programs that GAVE to those in need, while giving the money saved to fellow rich people with NO financial need. And, despite the warnings of Jesus, himself, about rich people and heaven and who himself spent a life of ministry TO the poor and needy, the church behind him have applauded and called him a saint...and in so doing invalidated their own foundation.
We live in a time when it is more acceptable to talk about a woman's ass than to listen to her words. We live in a time when it is more acceptable to pay for a boat than to fund a homeless man on the street. We live in a time when it is more acceptable to arrest fleeing refugees rather than protect them. We live in a time when it is more acceptable to attack gun victims than take the guns away from those shooting at them. And, we live in a time when those victims and the victims of abuse or harassment are deemed more guilty for speaking out than those that did harms to them.
So, we live in an era of monsters, and those monsters are very often the SAME people that will soon be singing hymns of "comfort and joy" to each other, making all the rest of us feel uncomfortable about celebrating the season at all. In this time, we need to remember that the celebrations of this season PRECEEDED the Christian church who stole it from them.
Jesus was NOT born on December 25th, as everyone knows. There was no snow at his birth, and no wise men showed up on that night. In the centuries after Christ, the church took those traditions from other religions and starting worshipping them, themselves, which is common to church history. It is also why these "Bible" followers that say bearing false witness will send you to hell will put a Santa or Elf in every room and make sure their children worship his diety.
Jesus and Christians didn't invent worship of the season, and they do not own it, now. It has long been a period of self reflection, giving, and rebirth, and this year I wish you all a happy distraction FROM Chistians, as you celebrate the season in your own fictional and creative ways.