I hope you all have survived Thanksgiving, or at least in dealing with the folks who do Thanksgiving. The Christmas season is fast approaching in it’s wake. Now I know that not everyone celebrates the holidays the same way. In the last couple of years, I’ve seen more and more people disconnecting themselves from the traditional holidays, or just dropping them altogether. I honestly can’t blame them for it. In a sense I have too.
Now don’t fret, your favorite weird uncle isn’t going to stop coming around. I mean, someone has to spike the egg nog. But, like so many others, I have taken a long hard look at these holidays. Speaking specifically about the big three; Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, from here on out speaking of them as holiday ‘seasons’ and not as the actual holiday themselves. I have a reason for that, which I will explain.
Let’s start with Thanksgiving. Every third Thursday in November, we gather ’round the dinner table and gorge ourselves on a carb and protein binge fest. Now, we were told in school that we do this because the Pilgrims and the Native Americans sat together as a sign of peace and friendship. Anyone who has ever opened up an American History book can smell the bullshit on this like an after dinner fart. White folks of European decent committed genocide on the native population in both hemispheres of the Americas. This isn’t debate, this is fact. So I say #fuckpilgrims. I say let’s get together, enjoy the bounty of the fall harvests, but roll up our pilgrim decorations and smoke them. This is time to come together with family and friends. Let’s enjoy some food and reflect what we’re thankful for. We don’t need genocidal maniacs to have a holiday devoted to thanks.
Christmas season is a loaded time, even for the best of us. There are a lot of people who have nothing, and no one, or what they do have is horrible memories and shitty people around them. I say, to hell with it, make your own holiday of it. If a hack comedian can come up with ‘Festivus’ and people take that shit semi-seriously, I know you can come up with something tailor-made for yourself. I guess it’s because that time around the 25th of December is a magical time. Is it because we were told it was, for so long? Could it be because of the Solstice? Or could it be because it just simply is? I like this time of year, despite being a grumpy ass. I’ll admit to being afflicted with some warm fuzzies.
Here is the thing about Christmas: not everyone is Christian. This so called ‘War on Christmas’ comes up every year. (No it’s not a war on Christmas, its a bunch of people who can’t handle the fact that others have different ideas than their own and they are uncomfortable about it) But ya see, there are a number of cultural and religious holidays that come up this time of year also. So I refer to Christmas as being more of a season than referring to the actual holiday. This is not to diminish any non-christian celebrations, it’s just habit. My spiritual holiday is the Solstice, as I am pagan and not Christian. But I celebrate on the 25th also because this is cultural. There has been enough of a secular influence on the holiday that it has become more a part of our culture than religion for a large number of us. And I’m cool with that.
Again, this is a time to come together with friends and family. A time to appreciate each other and deal with the fact that everything is about to get frozen and snowed over for a few more months. I think the orgy of gift giving should be pared down to a few meaningful gifts, but that’s just me. Hell, I’m happy with a phone call and a beer. (for some people, their absence is present enough for me)
To reiterate; there are other holidays during this time of year. And they celebrate differently. So if you get offended when someone doesn’t mention your particular winter celebration when greeting you, tough shit and get over it. You can either politely correct them, or (and I know this is a long shot) appreciate that they were wishing you good cheer and magical holiday juju in their own personal way.
New Years. I really don’t give a much of a damn about New Years. I don’t like getting shit-faced drunk, or dealing with shit-faced drunks. I get a nice buzz, wait for it to wear off so I’m not hungover in the morning, kiss my beloved for luck, and then go to bed. I know there is resolutions and crap, but they have become a bit of a joke. At best, it’s a time to get a game plan set up for the coming year and take advantage of the one day off. (And the time and a half you get when they ask you to work on the extra day off you were supposed to have.)
Moral of the story: The holiday season is a mixed bag and different for everyone. Let’s keep that in mind and just enjoy it in our ways. It’s time to celebrate, a time to reflect, and a time to enjoy. Make it work for you and yours. And if anyone gives you guff about it, then send them a bag of dicks. (Actual real thing)
Remember kids: stay in school, don’t drink and drive, and watch out where the huskies go and don’t you eat that yellow snow.