Attacks on Christmas In 2009: “And a Happy Solstice Day to You, Too”.

by CJFosdick on January 14, 2010

I can find it in my heart to feel sorry for non-believers, for those with no religion at all in their lives, not necessarily Christian, but any religion at all. Their existence must be so barren, so empty, so lacking in meaning that I personally cannot understand why these people are so vocally persistent to take religion from those of us who believe.

One atheist I heard on TV kept insisting that there was no Christ, her argument being that the winter solstice was an actual, provable fact, and not like Christ who never existed, (her opinion). Thus Christ is just a myth. She insisted on and on ad-nausium that we are celebrating is “Winter Solstice Day”, the longest night of the year, not Christmas. I think she forgot that south of the equator, they are celebrating the summer solstice, the shortest night of the year, not the longest. Yet, in countries south of the equator, they celebrate Christmas the same day it is celebrated up here in the winter solstice region.

In the course of her diatribe, she said that Christians must scare their children terribly by teaching them of hell.  I’ll counter her argument with this: I think it would be devastating to a child who asks his parent what happens when we die and that parent answers, “We’re buried in the ground and that’s it.” If you believe this, what is the purpose of life at all, if we’re just placed in the ground and are no more? What a bleak thought. What an absolutely empty, meaningless way to believe.

Somehow, “Winter Solstice Day” doesn’t inspire me to do anything. It just happens — no meaning at all — except that we are deep in winter and the days are going to get longer. It doesn’t make me want to feel the gladness, love, and sharing I always feels at the Christmas season. It doesn’t make me feel the wonder and enchantment of Christmas as I sit in a darkened room by myself with the Christmas tree lights on, listening to Christmas carols, a private time I do at Christmas that has meaning just to me. It doesn’t make me want to give thanks to God for sharing his only son with us, as I do at Christmas, recognizing that Christ was sent here to earth to gives us mortals redemption, so that we might be able to live our lives with hope, to know our sins can be forgiven, to inspire us to live a better life. There is no joy in “Winter Solstice Day”. Belief in God gives us something bigger than ourselves to live for, so that our lives do have meaning. It gives us commitment to an ideal, faith as opposed to mere science. We feel unconditional love for our God and for his son, Jesus. We become more compassionate if we follow the teachings of the gospel. We know that we will see our loved ones again when we die. It is a hopeless life if you don’t believe there is an afterlife. I believe this. “Winter Solstice Day”?  Just a cold, short-day time of the year.

So, don’t try to take my love of the Christmas season from me. You can say, “Happy Solstice Day” if you want; just allow me the right to say “Merry Christmas”. I’m not trying to change what you believe. Why must you insist that I change what I believe? Actually, no matter how hard you try, you will never-ever change my mind. Nor will you change the billions of people world-wide who believe in Christ. Your effort is futile. Quit trying!

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Gabe December 22, 2010 at 10:32 am

How would the existence of an afterlife make this life less “hopeless”? If there is no afterlife, then this life is all we’ve got! We have only a short time on this earth to do good! On the other hand, if you do believe in an afterlife, doesn’t that mean the only purpose of this life is to get into heaven? And who says that either living eternally with God up in heaven, or suffering eternally with Satan down in hell is more fulfilling than resting peacefully in the void?

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CJFosdick January 6, 2011 at 9:48 am

I believe religion is a journey within a person, a spiritual quest of faith that is both deeply private and profoundly meaningful. People other than ourselves, like you Atheist, can enter into this growth, make suggestions, even tell you what to believe, but only you will know deep-down within yourself where your journey is now and where you want it to lead.

That, Atheist, is the mistake you and other Atheists are making. You are trying to force your ideology on the rest of us who believe there is a force greater than ourselves, a deity, called intelligent design, Spiritualism, God, Allah, Jehovah, or whatever we call the God we personally worship. What do you worship, Atheist?

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Amzy April 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Well actually, the atheist you described in your article is, in fact, right. Christianity was purely secluded to Europe about the time Christ was born(In reality, since he was a jew, Jesus’ name would’ve been something like Joshua or Yeshua). Now, the Church had been hacking away the heads of Pagans, but they realized they couldn’t kill ’em all, so they decided to convert as many as they could by corrupting their holidays. Christmas originally was the celebration of the winter solstice(also called Yuletide). And many other holidays were also changed, such as Halloween. Halloween, also “Samhain”, celebrated the new year to the celtics and the end of the harvest time as well as a time when the dead returned to earth. The catholic church changed it to All Saint’s Day.

By the way, you really shouldn’t complain about atheists, Christians have bullied, forced, and destroyed people into converting. Atheists are just giving just desserts.

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