Merry Christmas, my Beloveds!
Yes, I went there! So, what's the big deal? Well, for some...it's a HUGE deal! It's politically incorrect to wish some people a Merry Christmas. Many people don't celebrate Christmas, so the term, "Happy Holidays" was adopted. But is that correct, really? Aren't we just presuming that everyone who we wish this greeting upon is happy? I know many people who don't find the holiday happy at all. It's filled with painful memories and/or grief. And yet, it's appropriate at this time of year to bestow this greeting upon them, despite how they might feel about it.
This is true of the Pagan community as well. At this time of year, we have the usual, albeit good-hearted and amusing, disagreement of the origins of Christmas. Who's holiday was it first? Well, some historians tell us that it was originally the Roman Pagan holiday of Saturnalia which was, admittedly, about 8 days of complete and utter debauchery. I'm certain that's a lot funnier now, than it was then. At some point however, the holiday was Christianized to include the Pagan holiday, and the birth of Christ was celebrated on December 25th as Christmas. The rest is and should be history, but it's not.
I am not a scholar on the origins of Christmas. Yes, I know it's origins were Pagan, but more than that, I have not a rat's ass to give. Pagans celebrate Yule at the Winter Solstice on the 21st of December. We have a Christmas tree and a visit from Santa at our Yule celebration. Our Clan children, who are being raised by Pagan parents, are excitedly awaiting a visit from Santa on Christmas morning, just as are most Christian children. On Christmas morning, many of us wish our friends, Pagan, Christian, Jewish, etc., a "Merry Christmas". Is it "politically incorrect?' In my opinion, it's the intention and sentiment that matters, not by what words you choose to deliver the well wishes.
Despite popular belief, Pagans are not "anti-Christ" or anti-Christmas". Many of us incorporate the Christmas holiday into our Pagan lives out of respect for our Christian family members, respect for Deity or just because it's the Season O' Joy! Dammit!
Let's face it, no matter when, where or for whom the holiday is celebrated, one can not deny the magic of the Season. It's the Return of the Light, both literally and spiritually. It's the time when family and friends draw closer, people treat each other a little kinder and are more thankful for what they have and for those in our lives.
So, who's holiday is it? It belongs to the heart whom it touches.
In Darkness, Light!