Maybe could come up with non-religious names and descriptions for the above three and co-opt them away from the religious.
We don’t call it ‘Easter’ in our house, but ‘Bunny Day’. ;) Hmm… Maybe we should call Christmas ‘Santa Day’ or something similar? Like many, we’ve long called Thanksgiving ‘Turkey Day’.
Weird… I never really thought of Thanksgiving as religious.
I tend to agree with this. I also happen to find it interesting how religion was brought into holidays. After-all, I don’t think it was the other way around. Let’s look at Christmas for example, which I have really 3 essentials of Christmas, there is the date of December 25th, there is the consideration of the birth of Jesus, and we have Santa Clause. First, of all Santa Clause is not real, he is not a religious person, well that depends as he is called, “Old Saint Nick”, but wait a minute, if he is not real, how could he be called a Saint? So, does this mean that we give recognition to people that are not real? So, anyhow some way or some how, it was decided that Jesus was born on December 25th, because there was not only excellent time tracking methods back then, which I imagine if we were looking at the moon in the sky, at where the stars were aligned at the time Jesus was born, we would have been taking a scientific astrological approach towards when this birth occurred. Here is the part that I get stuck on, we have the date and it seems to remain the same as always, yet there is no significant similarities to Jesus and Santa Clause. People like Santa Clause he is good Jolly man, not sure why he is also a Jolly Elf as he does not resemble what Elf is as we would know, just like we do not know what Jesus looks like either yet, we have painted the picture of what he looks like from the stories we tell about… well both of them. So, everyone likes Santa Clause, the kids love him and they are sold in to believing of his existence. Then one day in a christian church Santa Clause became a topic, talking the kindness of this wonderful person and how he sacrificed his time building toys for children, and he would give them away as gifts. People would praise him, welcome him into their homes, think about him every year and set a day aside for him. Jesus may have been compared to Santa Clause, Jesus was a miracle worker, he did many things that showed great power. So, why not unite Santa Clause and Jesus together in one special day, that could be called Christmas. It sounds wonderful so many similarities between the two and how else can we take an International holiday more special than to celebrate with the gift of giving.
Why should it stop there, why should Christmas be the only holiday. Well, didn’t Jesus die, of course he did, and how did that happen? Well, it just so happens there is this “bunny” doesn’t play any major importance, but it is fun, not only is it fun but we can tie candy, easter eggs, and hunting for easter eggs, which what the heck is an easter egg? Oh, wait a minute, Easter represents Jesus… that makes more sense now.
What is done is these holidays are taught to children upon birth, before we are even aware of what religion is, because we are born into it. Our families teach us, drag us to sermons and spoon feed this into our lives even when we do not want it. We begin to realize that others have different beliefs that are not the same as ours and we grow hatred towards others that are religiously different. The thanksgiving story is a prime example, we have Pilgrims that escaped England to protect their religious culture, which they settle and begin the hostile takeover of the land from the indians. But, what occurs before thanksgiving, there is a prayer. More religion culture forced on us through our way of life. I guess what my sticking point really is here, and reason for this short story, is that religion requires support. Religion is only as strong as people make it, it only exists for the people that enforce it, without these national and international holidays, if they were not tied to religious beliefs, then religion would lose support.
A good way to separate the religion from the holiday is to rename the holiday entirely. Change the name of Christmas to Santa Day, Thanksgiving to Turkey Day, Easter to Happy Basket Day. Call the holiday what it really is, don’t mask it by hiding religion behind it.