Saturday, December 06, 2008

Christmas Trees and Santa Claus

I don't really want to spent my whole fun holiday complaining about Grinches, but really.... am I the only person who believes Christmas trees, Santa Claus' and candy canes are NOT religious symbols??? I'll give them a Nativity and a cross, but the rest of it - NOT RELIGIOUS. I think it's silly to forgo the Christmas tree because it represents a religion. It represents people who celebrate Christmas, many who have never stepped foot in a church of any kind. Weird.


Ragamuffin said...

found this about the Christmas Tree tradition: Late in the Middle Ages, Germans and Scandinavians placed evergreen trees inside their homes or just outside their doors to show their hope in the forthcoming spring. Our modern Christmas tree evolved from these early traditions.

Legend has it that Martin Luther began the tradition of decorating trees to celebrate Christmas. One crisp Christmas Eve, about the year 1500, he was walking through snow-covered woods and was struck by the beauty of a group of small evergreens. Their branches, dusted with snow, shimmered in the moonlight. When he got home, he set up a little fir tree indoors so he could share this story with his children. He decorated it with candles, which he lighted in honor of Christ's birth.

I notied how scarce Christmas cards with a Christian message inside are becoming. I went to three stores over the weekend before finding a card with a message I liked that also had a nice contemporary design on the front. There were happy holidays, happy winter holiday, seasons greetings. Its become politically incorrect to have anything to do with Christianity. People are becoming 'christian phobic' dont want a Christmas tree because that might have something to do with Christianity.Silly, yes?

deanna said...

Silly and sad. It's funny that the tree's origin is exactly what the "Winter Solstace" folks are looking for, yet unable to accept. LOL Oh, well... they scream tolerance, yet do not practice that themselves.