Friday December 25, 2009

The Reason for the Season

   Fah who for-aze!
   Dah who dor-aze!
   Welcome Christmas,
   Come this way!
 
   Fah who for-aze!
   Dah who dor-aze!
   Welcome Christmas,
   Christmas Day.

I always feel sorry at this time of year for the people who insist that they don't celebrate Christmas because they aren't Christian. I feel sorry for them because they believe that Christmas is a Christian religious holiday. It's not.

I also feel sorry for the Christians who insist that we "need to put Christ back into Christmas" and that "Jesus is the reason for the season". They're wrong too.

Oh, there's certainly a Christian religious holiday set on December 25. But the mid-winter festival is far older than that. The longest night. The return of the sun. A festival of lights. Gathering family and friends. Yule. Saturnalia. Celebration.

For years, I've been insisting that Christmas — the Bank Holiday, the gatherings, the lights and decorations, the cookies and giving and sharing — is a secular holiday. It's a time to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of the next. It's a time to push back the midwinter darkness with lights and cheer. It's a time to gather together with family and friends.

The Christians gave the current holiday its name. But Christmas transcends religion. I wish more people could understand that.

   Fah who for-aze!
   Dah who dor-aze!
   Welcome Christmas,
   Come this way!
 
   Fah who for-aze!
   Dah who dor-aze!
   Welcome Christmas,
   Christmas Day.
 
   Welcome, Welcome
      Fah who rah-moose
   Welcome, Welcome
      Dah who dah-moose
   Christmas day is in our grasp
   So long as we have hands to clasp
 
   Fah who for-aze!
   Dah who dor-aze!
   Welcome Christmas
   Bring your cheer
   Fah who for-aze!
   Dah who dor-aze!
   Welcome all Whos
   Far and near
 
   Welcome Christmas
      Fah who rah-moose
   Welcome Christmas
      Dah who dah-moose
   Christmas day will always be
   Just so long as we have we
 
   Fah who for-aze
   Dah who dor-aze
   Welcome Christmas
   Bring your light
 
 
   Welcome Christmas
      Fah who rah-moose!
   Welcome Christmas
      Dah who dah-moose!
   Welcome Christmas
   While we stand
   Heart to heart
   And hand in hand
 
   Fah who for-aze
   Dah who dor-aze
   Welcome welcome
   Christmas
   Christmas Day
"Welcome Christmas" Copyright © 1957, Theodore Seuss Geisel

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