It’s 10:17pm on Christmas Eve. I’ve got a snifter of Bailey’s in my hand and the Trailer Park Boys Xmas Special is on the TV.
“You’re not fuckin’ Santa Claus, Julian, and I don’t need your fuckin’ cherry trees,” says Ricky, in the best line from the special
And then there’s this:
I’ve watched How the Grinch Stole Christmas eight times over the past 2 days. Surprisingly the kids watched it the whole way through without dicking around or playing with their goddamn phones. The following scene got me chuckling every time.
I mean, just look at it.
Read an interesting thing a few minutes ago. There’s a man by the name of Gary Gygax who co-invented Dungeons and Dragons. He also happens to be Christian. He doesn’t, however, celebrate Christmas because as he quite rightly points out Jesus was not born on December 25th and a celebration during the winter solstice is in fact a pagan ritual. The gist of his argument is that if you are Christian you should not be celebrating Christmas. He couldn’t be more right. Christmas really is bullshit. And I’m not writing that to be a jerk… or a Grinch. What we know as Christmas today, was nothing more than a festival to celebrate away the darkness of the shortest day in Europe, December 21st. Early Christian leaders, the smart bastards, co-opted this festival by telling the uneducated masses that Jesus, the son of a particularly powerful god, was born at that time. Thusly, they snuck Christ into the winter solstice holiday, and his presence in it became more and more prominent. Of course, if one goes to Northern Europe, one can still see the remnants of the original pagan holiday. In Sweden for example one never hears about Jesus during Jul, which is nothing more than a festival of lights and a time for families to get together, exchange gifts, have a feast (or several) and get drunk. And that’s the way it should. Because after all, if you’re going to church on Christmas you’re simply taking part in a huge fucking lie.