Saturday, December 09, 2006

War on holiday cards

So you think there's a "war on Christmas"? The reality of it is that there's a much stronger "war on non-Christians". Before Dubya got in there and fired up the xian right-wing, this time of year was more peacefully settling in to what it really is: an ancient holiday held around the solstice to honor certain gods or prophets, some of which have virgin-birthdays around that time... a time when people bring out their own particular choice of traditions that come from various influences over hundreds to thousands of years. It's also a time of year when people feast and imbibe quite often and buy things like there's no tomorrow.

I've always had a very weird and dysfunctional relationship with Christmas for various reasons, even when I was a Christian myself (many years ago). What it has come to be for me is a list of obligations that I would rather skip except in a few cases where it means getting in contact with friends. Mr B's family still require cards and simple gifts to be sent (and besides, he is not a godless heathen like I am, although he's a bit heretical) so we are down to just a small pile of those. Fortunately, although they are Christians, they are not of the evangelical variety (there is lots of wine at family gatherings), so they don't give a hoot if it says Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, or what... as long as it's a nice card and not something with nudity like this, or something that's not rude or in bad taste, but funny is alright. My family, on the other hand, are of the other variety of Christian... Baptist, Pentecost, Assembly of God, right-wing protestant dominionist, blah blah blah etc. So because of the political climate that has developed (the war on non-Christians) I no longer send them anything. I don't want to potentially insult them with my secular greetings.

I'm rather stubborn, and rather than taking an "I don't give a crap, it means nothing anyway" attitude, I go with my conscience, so I refuse to send out cards that say "Merry Christmas" because that has become a political statement. Now see what you did, all you Christian Warriors? You've created an ugly divisive wall where there wasn't one before. I believe in tolerating other people's beliefs as long as they don't involve hurting others. That's why "Season's Greetings" and "Happy Holidays" work for me. There's shouldn't be anything offensive about them at all.

Holiday cards can be really odd, can't they? Look at the one above with the guy shooting at you (WTF?) and how about this one from the Swingin' Sixties? (click to enlarge, as always) What is that? Interspecies Erotica? (sorry, we just watched "Clerks II" last night, which is pretty funny if you like just a bit of tastelessness, and I do) Is this like a manly-man's fantasy? A woman's body with a trophy head? [snort]

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FreakyNick said...

I started reading something here about "Holiday Cards", but my the words just turned into blurry peripheral noise by the incredibly offensive picture on the second card. It is so offensive I just can't stop looking. I try to read the rest of the article, but my eyes won't obey, they are drawn toward this offensive photo. BTW, I don't mind being offended.

I know, I know. typical male response. I'm sorry, did you say something? Hang on just one second I need to take a 10th look at your post. ;-)

I haven't seen "Clerks II", but it is one I've been meaning to view soon. The first "Clerks" was great. I like most of Kevin Smith's movie. I don't mind tasteless, and as I've already stated, I don't mind being offended.

Blueberry said...

Ha ha! Or should I say "ho ho"? Nick, here is where I found that particular "offensive" image here, so you can be even more offended by the rest of the collection.

Fernando said...

Deer fuckers are sick.
Dear fuckers are not.

I say the same thing about murderous warmongers vs paegans but that just doesn't have the same ring to it.

Undeniable Liberal said...

"I believe in tolerating other people's beliefs as long as they don't involve hurting others."
If more people thought like that, Our country would be much better off.

Michael Bains said...

Happy Holidays!
Felice Navidad!
Merry Christmas!
Horny Hanukkah!
Salubrious Solstice!
Smoke 'Em if ya Got 'Em!
errr, ummm (???)
and a Gnarly Noodlemas too All Y'all!