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BlankspaceMerry Christmas 2011

Merry Christmas

A very merry Christmas from everybody at Meercat9.com. Technically that might include the authors of the news network, but strictly speaking I'm just speaking for myself.

It's been a wonde-- it's been a year. It's been another year on the Gregorian Calendar and it's almost over. The Summer/Winter Solstice was two days ago and Hanukkah has passed. Now all that's left to do is enjoy Kwanzaa and the most westerly significant part of the holiday season - Christmas.

While I wish a Happy Holidays to everybody who doesn't celebrate Christmas, I must ask; why not? Why can't you celebrate Christmas even if you're Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Buddhist or something else? I'm the farthest thing you could find from a Christian and I love Christmas.

Christmas is a festival that dates back thousands of years, in celebration of the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, celebrated by hundreds of different religions, cults and cultures. Almost every part of the Christmas tradition; the trees, mistletoe, presents, Santa, date, carols and flying reindeer have originated from non-Christian cultures and beliefs. In fact, The Bible says the Pagan ritual of decorating a tree is a sin...

Christianity hijacked Christmas about a thousand years ago in the same way that capitalist consumerism has hijacked Christmas today. I say that Christians own Christmas just as much as anybody with enough money to buy a 3D HDTV.

I wish you well with the last week of the Gregorian Calendar, but even more, I wish you a Merry Christmas. Whether you choose to celebrate by praising Jesus, spending time with family, taking advantage of the Boxing Day sales, spinning Draidles, worshiping the sun or trying to bonk that new intern in the naughty-santa's-little-helper shirt ... make it your own and don't worry that you aren't allowed to have both Christmas and any religious tradition at the same time.

And let's try to not forget the most important part of Christmas and the holidays, the reason for the season; PRESENTS

- Billy Moffat (24/12/11)