December 4, 2012
Let's Put A Stop To The Holiday War
It's that time of year again, what time of year is that you ask? It's time for the battle of the holidays, you know when the Christians start in with "Jesus is the reason for the season" and "Put Christ back in Christmas" and many Pagans start with "it's our holiday, you stole it" or "It's a Yule tree, not a Christmas tree" along with other statements.
While the later is true many Pagan practices, festivals, and traditions where Christianized in order to encourage more people to follow Christianity, there is no reason for rudeness or name calling from either side.
We as Pagans, owe it to each other and our ancestors to show we are better than that. If we ever want the respect that other religions have and that so many demand that we deserve, then it's high time we start acting like it. You can't just demand respect, you have to earn it. The only way we as Pagans will do that is to treat others, all other whether we agree with their beliefs or not the way we wish to be treated.
That being said I do not mean to let the haters out there walk all over you, put you down, or get under your skin, I mean, just because you see a sign on a church saying "Jesus is the reason for the season" don't get all upset and start bashing them, that's their belief and just like our beliefs it should be respected. Yes there are many haters out there, and yes I loath them as much as anybody but if we start hating and bashing others beliefs then we are no better than they are.
This should be a time of year for reflection, rebirth, and family, so let go of the negative and embrace all that is magickal about the Solstice/Yule and don't worry about things that are out o your control.