Xtians began using “Xmas” 500 years ago, since in Greek, X is the “Ch” in Christ
Around the holidays, some people (not to name names or anything) urge modern society to put the “Christ” back in Christmas. There’s much to criticize about the hollow vacuousness of consumer culture, after all. Most of us can buy into the idea of better treasuring time with family and friends; and who’d oppose charity and compassion for the less-fortunate? (Well, apart from that strangest of philosophical tribes, the Objectivists, that is…)
Heck, the leftists among us might even be open to the Christian (Read more…)
Conservatives. Ah. Some of them never cease to amaze me. Take this guy for example. I guess, as one of those infidel atheists (or I.A’s, as we like to be called) I should thank him? But this is just so damned awkward. He clearly doesn’t quite know what to make of us. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vfs_Rg3YeXY Let see… […]
I know tomorrow is the first Sunday of Advent in the Christian calendar (as well as the first day of December), but I can’t resist posting this today. I confess I’ve been listening to carols for a week now, since the snow blanketed my part of the world winter wonderland white.
… on the the Harper Christmas card too. But his boss said no (wait for it), one rodent is a enough. Budda-bing! (1) Trashy, Ottawa, Ontario
Most atheists are as irrational as those who believe in religion. And perhaps even more hypocritical.
There’s no greater example of this than those vocal opponents of religion who criticize Christmas but in just a few months time celebrate St.Patrick’s Day and other religious holidays with unrivaled enthusiasm.
St.Patrick’s Day is of course associated with celebrating the Irish, but it was created and is still renowned as a day to remember Saint Patrick and the introduction of Christianity to Ireland.
The very same snarky atheists who attack Christmas but partake in St.Paddy’s Day, could argue that
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by Obert Madondo: If it’s a Christmas present, it’s a terrible one. No, an insult. A window into the insidious, hostile and frozen core of political power in Canada under Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives. Yesterday, Christmas Day, Harper’s Aboriginal Affairs Minister John Duncan wrote to Chief Spence, whose indefinite hunger strike here in Ottawa has READ MORE
Christmas isn’t quite over yet – here’s Sean Quigley from Winnipeg, drumming and singing his heart out in this video that went viral last Christmas:
Bill Maher’s 2001 Christmas message is just as timely and wise now as it was 11 years ago. For the second year in a row, I will allow Maher, an agnostic who is highly critical of organized religion, to have the last word on Christmas Day here on 350orbust.
Jesus, centre, separates the sheep from the goats. Don’t ask what happens to the goats. Below: St. Paul and modern Evangelical favourite Ayn Rand.
Today is Christmas, and thus an opportunity for many who think of themselves as adherents of the Christian faith to lecture everyone else sternly about the need to “put Christ back into Christmas.”
This is, after all, His birthday, they remind us – although, actually, it’s almost certainly not, but that doesn’t really matter as Dec. 25 stands in for it at a conveniently miserable time of year when European pagans would otherwise quite
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Dear Santa: While you’re up on the roof and whatnot (incidentally, you want to make sure you hit the southeast chimney; the other two are just for show), would you be so kind as to get rid of the wicked ice dams we have up there? Maybe have the reindeer whizz on them or something? [...]
In the spirit of the holidays, we’d like to share with you this lovely collection of Soviet greeting cards. Enjoy! (There’s more where that come from if you check out this link.)
To all fellow bloggers and visitors of my blog.
A few weeks ago, Nicholas came home to help decorate our Christmas tree. Nick is never that interested in the ‘girlie’ stuff of decorating, but he was only slightly grinch-like after I gave him a hot chocolate with mini-marshmallows to sip and put on Phil Spector’s “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree”. As we were hanging baubles, I asked my young man if he’d like to take some decorations back to his home to do up his room for the season. ”No!!!!” was his reply. I rolled my eyes and made a feeble attempt to convince him otherwise, but it
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This holiday season, needs no reason to offer a stranger a happy greeting, where both me writing and you reading is like the coincidence of us meeting, walking past each other in heavy snow that has rendered the city streetless, let me smile, and wish you and yours, a very happy and Merry Christmas.
So, myself, Joey Oberhoffner, Derrick Jacobson (@AlbertaAltruist), Marc Doll (@DollHouseYYC), and Stephen Anderson (@StephenDAnderso) got together to eat tacos. For charity. For every taco eaten we’d get our pledges to donate. Pretty simple. Also, pretty awesome. With an anonymous donor matching up to $5,000, we just had to eat as many tacos we could. And [...]
STAVE ONE. It was one of those long winter days. I was back in town late, that Thursday, well after dark, driving down the main street watching the heavy snow cover the road and sidewalks. I’d been out of town almost the whole … Continue reading →
The U.S. National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released its updated Arctic Report card earlier this week. Like many other recent reports about the condition of the north, the canary in climate change coal mine, the news is sobering; new records have been set for snow extent, sea ice extent and ice sheet surface melting. [...]
This Christmas, our family is grateful for Tyze Personal Networks. For those new to my blog, I am the mother of a young man with severe disabilities who is adored by everyone in our family. I’m also the daughter of an almost 91 year old who has never listened when folks told her she was old. This year is my son Nicholas’ second Christmas since moving out into his ‘own’ place. Nick’s care staff are part of our closest circle of supportive friends and we are in constant touch with them about everything from Nick’s Christmas list to arranging transportation . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: This Christmas, We are Thankful for Tyze
So why would a non-Christian celebrate Christmas.
Well first of all from a religious point of view Jesus Christ is not just the Christian Messiah but also considered to be an important prophet amongst both Muslims and Jews so there is no reason they cannot celebrate his birth, while not recognizing him as the Messiah.
From a non-religious point of view there is a lot of controversy over
… doesn’t have anything better to do than to declare war on Santa-haters? Really, Uncle Tony? Really? The Government of Canada has no guidelines that restrict federal employees from putting up Christmas or other holiday decorations in their workspace. “There are those who would like to snuff out the holiday spirit in the name of [...]
Bollocks to Christmas!
I have a love-hate relationship with Christmas.
What I love:
*Getting a few days off work.
*Having a somewhat lighter workload on the days surrounding the holidays.
*Spending time with family and friends who I don’t get a chance to see very often.
*Good food (especially the home-made kind) and drink.
*Lights and decorations that help brighten up the dark, cold winter.
*Christmas comedy specials and holiday marathons of certain TV shows.
*A very small minority of Christmas-related songs.
Note that none of those things have anything to do with religion, and are common to almost all
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I have a love-hate relationship with…
This originally appeared as a column in the December 22 print and online editions of the North Bay / Nippissing News, the weekly newspaper I’ve been writing for recently. I’ve been recovering from some fairly serious illnesses over the past … Continue reading →