Why Christmas has become a Universal Holiday!

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Why Christmas has become a Universal Holiday!

©2012 Fred Hallman

I just watched the finest Christmas show ever which just so happened to be on the (gasp, who’da thunk it!) Sci-Fi channel (thank you Netflix, damn you telecommunications industries ala carte versions of broadband, you greedy grinches you!)

Anyway, it was Warehouse 13, Season 2-episode 13 entitled “Secret Santa”.

The Warehouse 13 agent played by Eddie McClintock retold an old but true story from World War One about a spontaneous ceasefire that broke out on Christmas eve in the trenches of Belgium in 1914.

It seems that German soldiers began singing Christmas carols and the English soldiers in their trenches 100 yards away began harmonizing. Soon they actually lay down their arms in a spontaneous ceasefire and met in the middle to exchange gifts.

Later in the show, the character Artie played by Saul Rubinek is reunited with his long estranged father played by the fine and most definitively Jewish character actor Judd Hirsch, who gave his (now we know) Jewish son Artie his childhood piano, which happened to trigger an insight in moi the viewer, which brings me (finally) to my main point which is –

“Why Christmas is a Universal Holiday!”

To misquote Cole porter,

“?” Brit’s do it, Huns do it, even China men and Japs do it!”?”

As do Aussies, Russkies, South-Americans, North Americans, aw heck!, if we’re going to “Do the Continental!” it’s all of them!

Now originally, Christ Mass was a thoroughly Roman Catholic affair.

“Christmas” as we know it of course originated in the 1800’s as ad campaigns in the New York City department stores to bolster lagging winter sales, since no one in their right mind would venture out of their already cold apartments into the arctic blasts of New York City winters without a really, really good reason; which as we all know by now (since the invention and subsequent brain-washing by Madison Avenue of the entire electro-magnetic “UNIVERSE”) has become essential ergo, “Universal”!

I assert that the commercially driven as we know it “Christmas” being devoid of dogma and celebrating the giving of gifts ala the Magi emphasis as promulgated by the “MadMen” rather than the “Christ Mass” emphasis on the Christ child Himself as promulgated by the Roman Catholic church, allowed the “Christ Mass” custom of gift-giving on Christmas Day to seamlessly infiltrate and then integrate the American protestant masses in a commercial coup, and subsequently even those in the world who don’t believe in Jesus the Christ per se!

The angel (with the angelic hosts chiming in singing The Hallelujah Chorus ad infinitum) when announcing the coming birth of Jesus is quoted to have said…

“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace toward men of goodwill!” (King James Version)

(And in a nod to our Jewish Brethren, since I mentioned Saul Rubineks and Judd Hirsch’s fine performances,) the Orthodox Jewish bible (“Yes Virginia! There is a Santa Clause” for my humble prose purposes anyway) puts Luke 2:14 this way…

“Kavod to Hashem in the Highest; and on haaretz shalom among Bnei Adam kavvanah tovah (of good intention).”

It is the last line of Luke 2:14 (“…on earth peace toward men of goodwill!”), commercially separated from religion by the ad guys and co-opted by the commercial interest of the entire world that serendipitously reinforces goodwill through the reinforcement of the spirit of giving, which in itself manifests as goodwill in what I hope turns out to be an ever increasing feed-back loop and just (striking coincidence here) what the Prince of Peace ordered!

“What a concept!” to quote Steve Martin.

 

And that is why I believe that the universally self-interesting desires of peace and goodwill, manifested as a commercially driven event have resulted in the world-wide phenomenon now known as the celebration of “Christmas”.

Less “commercialization of Christmas” you might say than the bowing of the knees of Mammon to the glory of the Prince of Peace.

So Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays and bring on the dancing girls and the gaudy light shows!

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Ho ho ho!

 

 

 

 

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Comment by Safe Bet's Amy on December 5, 2012 at 12:39pm

I like your "   Belief/Religion " tag.  But what about those of us who DON'T "believe" in "religion"

Comment by Matt Paust on December 5, 2012 at 4:36pm

Faux News is reporting that the real miracle of this WWI Christmas Eve singathon is that by sheer coincidence two gay regiments--one German, the other American--happened to be facing each other from their respective trenches.  One of the German soldiers had a gorgeous tenor voice and started singing a solo, and then all heaven broke loose. 

Comment by Poor Woman on December 5, 2012 at 4:42pm

Christmas versus Mothra! LOL

@Matt: gay regiments?????

Comment by fred hallman on December 5, 2012 at 6:09pm

Tags are what search engines across the net use to find related subjects the more tags the more hits.  simple boolean search theory!  nnd what more could you want than a Godzilla Christmas tree?  A Mothra choir?

 

Comment by Amy Abbott on December 5, 2012 at 6:40pm
OY and indeed "what a comment." I am flabbergasted (there's a word my parents used) at the commercialization and also de-Christmasing of a Christian holiday. While your article is funny, it also underscores a huge point. Last week I saw an Advent calendar at MegaBux Coffee company for many dollars. When you opened each little door (as my family did for the month of December when I was a child) there was nothing related to Christmas, rather it was something like "get forty cents off on your next puke-a-chino." Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Just wrong.
Comment by tr ig on December 5, 2012 at 6:46pm

Fred you're killing me man!

BBQ TONGS and happy holidays

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzN4DWSJHn8

Comment by John Fleshman on December 5, 2012 at 6:46pm

Thanks for the laugh funny comments both by Fred and Matt's. "Liked" for a wonderful picture of the Godzilla Christmas tree and a sense of humor.

Comment by Poor Woman on December 5, 2012 at 7:39pm

LOL

Comment by fred hallman on December 11, 2012 at 8:58am

True enough.

I wrote about it's currency, not it's origin.  But most Romanized holidays were co-opted.  Easter is a corrution of Ishtr hence the fertility symbols assocciated with said earth-mother goddess.

Comment by Arthur James on November 29, 2013 at 4:36am

`

I saw this at the Top of OS Friction Club.

This does not remind me of ` Christopher

O'Reily. He Helps sponsor Talented Youth

Musicians. I think Christopher O. Reilly

is in Boston. This guy reminds me 

of Barack O' Bama (taser).

He visit Manhattan, and

march in O'Mace Day

Parade. O my gosh

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