It’s time to stop celebrating Christmas.


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It’s time to stop celebrating Christmas. It’s a ridiculous holiday, and it does more harm than good.

Look at the history of Christmas. It was originally a Pagan holiday that celebrated the winter solstice, but then Christian leaders made up a lie that Jesus was born on the winter solstice to steal the appeal of the celebration and undermine their competition. It’s one mythology telling a lie to undermine another mythology. That’s not a cause for celebration, but the situation is more absurd than that because sometime after World War II Coca~Cola invented the modern version of Santa Clause and helped money hungry corporations steal the grandeur of Christmas from the Christians and use it to indoctrinate gross consumerism into children, which is a distinctly un-Christian and un-Pagan practice. So Christmas is a celebration of irresponsibility, lies and mythology. This holiday isn’t based on reason, celebrating it is equivalent to celebrating irrationality, which is equivalent to celebrating insanity. Christmas is a celebration of insanity.

The only reason we still celebrate Christmas is because humans tend to do what they’ve always done even if it doesn’t make any sense or is hurting them. Despite all the dick and fart jokes on the internet, society has actually evolved a lot since the invention of the internet. People are better informed than at any time in history, and rationality is becoming more and more popular. We’re smart enough to lay this obsolete holiday to rest and move on. We’re smart enough to know that we’ve got real problems to worry about.

I suggest we replace Christmas with a new holiday called, “Just Help Someone Day.” You don’t kill a coniferous tree or spoil your children on Just Help Someone Day. You don’t dress up like a Pagan monster. You don’t put up lights or lawn decorations. You just go help somebody. The reason you celebrate Just Help Somebody Day is because it’s rational and empathetic. It’s what you should be doing anyway. If you simply must have presents and hot chocolate then we could have Present Day once a month or once a season. We could have Hot Chocolate and Silly Hats Day too. Let’s celebrate life without pretending to believe in mythology and lies.

If we keep raising kids on absurd, irresponsible, anti-intellectual mythologies they’ll keep living in a warped reality and acting accordingly foolish. If we get kids used to helping people, maybe they’ll retain that cultural practice into adulthood and pass it on to their kids. Let’s raise the bar. Let’s stop celebrating Christmas.

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About wise sloth

Note: The information I share here may seem random, but it explains why I write about a lot of the subjects I do. I was raised poor white Texas trailer trash. At the age of 17 I got baptized in a Southern Baptist Church, and at 18 I attended a Christian college where my Biblical studies promptly led me to the conclusion that Christianity is mythology. I left that school at 19, and a year later I joined the United States Air Force as an all around computer technician. I was stationed in Italy, Germany, Kuwait and Hawaii where I took online and night classes in psychology, which led me to the conclusion that the military is a cult. For all the good things I got out of the military, I never got a good explanation of why we invaded Iraq. So I volunteered to separate from the military early when my career field was downsized and moved back to my home state of Texas. I found that during the seven years I was enlisted, either America had changed or I had. I was dismayed by the apathy, materialism, wastefulness and anti-intellectualism of civilian life in American suburbia. So I sold everything I owned and immigrated to New Zealand. As majestic as that was, it wasn’t the land of milk and honey I was looking for. Unable to find work in the IT sector I managed a warehouse, worked alongside migrant laborers in fruit orchards and vineyards and studied creative writing. For personal and financial reasons I eventually moved back to America. I’m still kicking around trying to get it all figured out. My long term goal is to build an intellectual monastery where smart people can live for free in a stress free environment where they can focus on their life’s work. It would sure help if I got a MacArthur Fellowship, sponsorship and/or an agent. I’ve been blogging since 2006 about topics that I feel are important and don’t get enough attention. The Wise Sloth blog contains editorial, philosophical, instructional, inspirational and satirical posts in the form of essays, lists, comics, and fiction, which tend to be irreverent, humorous and controversial. I update it as often as possible. View all posts by wise sloth

2 responses to “It’s time to stop celebrating Christmas.

  • Sir C

    We should bring back the winter solstice. It could as simple as “Let’s prepare for the winter in joy and happiness”. Our culture is in a bad situation where it has been screwed up by religion over thousands of years. It’s so bad, that normal people, most of the people (including me) don’t even know we had a [stolen/corrupted] winter solstice “holiday”. To heal our culture, we need a lot of social and cultural power. That means good leadership and tons of money.

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