Those who know us well, know our views on Christmas. And it's that time of year again. But it comes with mixed blessings, for though we're annually aghast at the "waste" surrounding rituals adhered to by people who don't usually believe in the "reason" for the season, (and therefore it puzzles us as to what they actually get out of it...) the silly season does come with one advantage, at least for me.
While people are running around like headless chooks, organising annual this, that's and the other --- most of which have absolutely no place in the reason for the season that I can see, that frenetic activity affords me the ability to heave a sigh of relief and go to sleep for a while.
No we don't "go on holiday". Everyone else appears to relocate to some unnamed campsite wherever, (to have barbies with their same neighbours somewhere else... ) so our resident town becomes a relatively quiet haven. Just the place for a decent holiday.
Do these same people ever wonder why they allowed themselves to be conned into something which primarily serves only big business?
What is now Christmas, is emblematic to me, of why people do what they do these days.
When I want to buy someone something, I'll do it at the right time and place, for the right reasons.
And when I want to acknowledge the reason for the season, I'll do it at the time of year when shepherds would actually have been on the hillsides surrounding Bethlehem, not on the date of a pagan festival, subverted by the Church of Rome, who thought that such compromise might increase converts into their ranks.
Whenever compromise is the basis for something, compromise always wins, but truth never does. Something that the system called "churchianity" has yet to grasp.