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December 27th, 2007

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02:53 pm - While I'm ranting anyway...
I'm not a Christian. I have no vested interest in Christianity or any of the trappings of Christianity.

And yet...

I really, really hate this trend of referring to Christmas as Hogswatch and Santa Claus as the Hogsfather. It's not cute, it's not charming or funny. It's deliberately insulting, intentionally belittling, and petty. In this age of religious tolerance that includes being tolerant of those who do not believe in religion, it's ridiculous that this term has proliferated the way it has. Yes, I get it. Not everyone believes in Christmas. And all those who do are clearly too stupid to live because OH NOES, they believe in a god. Now STFU and let people enjoy themselves.

If you don't like having a day off for NOT MY HOLIDAY! OMG! Then work and ask for a comp day.

Do you think if I liked the Discworld novels, I'd be less offended?
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Date:December 27th, 2007 08:44 pm (UTC)
Actually, Decemberween has been yearly toon on Homestarrunner for quite a while now.


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Date:December 27th, 2007 08:48 pm (UTC)
I stopped reading Homestar Runner years ago and then completely forgot about it.
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Date:December 27th, 2007 08:45 pm (UTC)
Also, I heard on NPR the other day that St. Nick in Germany was Blue.
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Date:December 27th, 2007 08:49 pm (UTC)
So he's secretly Dr. Drakken?
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Date:December 27th, 2007 08:48 pm (UTC)
In it's original form no. But a lot of people on the internet are using it like this:
"Stop talking about your Hogwswatch holiday! I don't care! I don't want to hear what the Hogfather brought you!"

To me, that conveys a level of (trying to think of the concept in English...) exclusionism, that's not quite what I'm looking for, but a separation between those people who have this holiday and me. And because of that separation, and the fact they don't say Christmas, it conveys a strong negative image, which, when added with the idea that these things in discworld are set up as a believed-in fantasy conveys to me that they consider Christmas a believed fantasy, rather than a religious expression. (Yeah, yeah, I know, it's same thing.)

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