It’s become a bit of a tradition for me to write a post during holiday season which explains how much I really dislike the holiday season. There are a myriad of reasons for this.
First I’m an introvert, and the sudden explosion of parties and socials and “fun little get togethers” sets my stress level to “run away screaming.”
Second, and most importantly, is the way Christians mistakenly equate “the Christmas Shopping Season” with “Christmas.” This drives me into a state of frustrated confusion which leaves me wanting to scream1.
Of course, the pinnacle of this confusion is the so-called “war on Christmas.”
Now, please allow me to be clear. The vast majority of Christians in this country are very aware that there is no such thing as a “war on Christmas.” We know that “happy holidays” is a perfectly acceptable to wish people well, and are able to differentiate between “not being an exclusive presence” and “persecution.” The whole concept of a “war on Christmas” springs from conservative pundits who are in a cynical pursuit of better ratings. Anger, after all, is the easiest way to cultivate a mass of people.
It’s also, I should point out, what Star Wars correctly points out is “the Dark Side.”
This year, the “war on Christmas” manipulations have begun early – this time in response to Starbuck’s new holiday cups. What’s the problem with the new cup, well, the article linked above describes it as such,
In previous years, Starbucks’ iconic holiday cups, which the chain uses in lieu of white cups in November and December, featured wintry or Christmas-themed designs like snowflakes, ornaments and nature scenes. This year, the cups are more minimalist — a red ombre design that Jeffrey Fields, Starbucks’ vice president of design, said was meant to embrace “the simplicity and the quietness” of the holiday season.
Yup, the cup doesn’t have “Christmas” imagery like… ornaments. Taking these away is apparently marking Starbucks, as “anti-Christmas” in the eyes of cynical commentators – and their easily angered followers are being whipped into an easily predictable inferiority complex which is highlighted by statements like this one,
Since you’re running away from Christianity, I’m running from you! Just exercising my financial choice http://bit.ly/1MKb3Zk #ccot #tcot
Thankfully, this year’s rendition of “the war on Christmas” is being met with Christians who are not being whipped up into an angry frenzy. This is something for which I am grateful, and gives me hope that the Church in this country is not entirely deceased. We Christians need to remember, Starbucks is a coffee company 2, we are the ambassadors of Christ in this world.
Also, the bulk of December is not Christmas. It’s Advent – and the colors of that season are Purple and Rose.