I don't have much useless info but I have some opinions that others may find useless.
(good night, nurse, I'm going to try to keep this shorter than my usual missives)Sunmountain
I was all set to agree with you that this is a season and not a specific holiday. Then I thought about Nursing Mother's thread about her signature being co-opted and I had a Eureka! moment... we're talking about two different things here
There's the general holidays season to which you were refering. Then there's the Christmas season to which NM and I are refering. So when she says that Jesus is the reason for the season, she means the Christmas season, not the general multiple holiday season. The Christmas season runs from the first Sunday of Advent through Epiphany... and Jesus is
the reason for that season.
But you are right! He is not the reason for the rest of the holidays and we get that. I love all of those holidays. The confusion about what one means when one says the "season" is that they overlap. Maybe Christians should
celebrate the birth of Christ in May... lol. But I would find it difficult to get into the spirit of Christmas without bitter cold, snow, fireplaces, etc... I know, I know... it's just a Pavlovian response now.Tara
, I hear what you are saying and thank you for the mental exercise in what would it be like to live in a country that is predominantly Jewish, for example. I think that I understand you, but I just disagree with you. I'm not able to explain it very well, but even putting myself in the place of being in the minority still doesn't make it seem like a big deal to me. Again, I think our misunderstanding is that we mean two different things when we talk about a Christian culture. I can see where there are Christian window dressings in our culture... the bank holidays, the endless commercialism, etc... But that is not
what I mean when I refer to the lack of a Christian culture. I'm talking about a society that embraces the tenents of true Christianity.
Now, I understand that you might not even want a Christian culture. All I'm saying is that for all of the appearances, this culture is not genuinely Christian. Whether it should be or not is the stuff of a different thread.
I refuse to get into a debate about how many non-Christians were killed in the name of Jesus Christ versus how many Christians have been killed because
of their faith in Jesus Christ. But I have to address one comment... the notion that Adolph Hitler was a Christian. (chokes on her cereal)
That's like pointing to a woman on the street wearing a mink coat, alligator shoes and munching on a steak sandwich and calling her a vegetarian because she donated money to PETA!! You can call yourself whatever you want and that doesn't make it so.