"So this is Christmas"
What a song for, well, non-christians. Really, why is the word "Christmas" even in there? Another year over, and new one just begun? Um, not for another week, pal! Unless you are using the Winter Solstace as the year-end mark, in which case... WHY SAY CHRISTMAS? Seriously, there is nothing Christmasy about that song! I think only one other holiday song that makes me as angry as this one is "Do They Know It's Christmas?" (In a moment, don't get ahead of me.)
"And so this is Christmas
For weak and for strong
For rich and the poor ones
The world is so wrong"
Now, that's warm and fuzzy. With such a negative message, the next step would be to assign blame. What group of people could this song possibly pin the blame on for there being week and strong and rich and poor? You know, I can see only one group alluded to here. John Lennon: atheist, hater. At least he can't blame Christians for racism.
"And so happy Christmas
For black and for white
For yellow and red ones
Let's stop all the fight"
Well, there's that, then. You know what, Atheists? Based on the belief that you are capable of experiencing joy, even on Dec 25th, have a Merry Christmas.
"Do They Know It's Christmas?" also known as "Feed the World"
This is a song written by democracy. Yes, I mean that in the most derogatory way possible. Take for example this clear understanding of Christmas and Christian faith:
"There's a world outside your window
and it's a world of dread and fear
Where the only water flowing is the bitter sting of tears.
And the Christmas-bells that ring
there are the clanging chimes of door
tonight thank God it's them instead of you."
I mean, Wow. Just... Wow. I'm sure glad this isn't every third song I hear every time I'm out at the mall, or in my car, or anywhere Holiday music is heard. Way to go, Band Aid. You ruined Christmas with your ignorance.
Then there's this gem:
"And there won't be snow in Africa this Christmas-time.
The greatest gift they'll get this year is life.
Where nothing ever grows
no rain or rivers flow
Do they know it's Christmas-time at all?
Here's to you
raise a glass for ev'ryone"
Oh, yeah, feel that Christmas Cheer! Raise a glass, everyone! You are not starving to DEATH, but some people in Africa are! Oh, and while were adding injury into this song, how about some insult along with it? Those ignorant 90% Muslim savages in the Southern Hemisphere won't know it's Christmas because it doesn't snow in the Summer. That's the reason. Even in the few primarily Christian nations of Africa, it's still Summer! But that's okay, the only water that will flow there are their tears! No, seriously, That's in the SONG!
So, do I really care about non-Christians completely missing the point of my Christian Holiday? Not really. No more than I would expect a Jew to be offended if I made Matzo Houses for Hanukkah. It only shows astounding ignorance.
I mean, any Christian should know certain things about Christmas; It's a Winter Solstice Holiday that was hijacked by Romans to help make the many, many Christians in the expanding Empire feel welcomed. Most scholars agree Jesus was born in the Spring. The Wise Men arrived years after (remember, Herod heard of the prophesy and ordered all boys under the age of 2 killed). Also, Israel (and Equatorial nation) would have had no snow (HOW would they know it was Christmas Time?) so, that part of the Nativity is nearly universally wrong. In fact, the Manger would have been pretty warm. Animals ain't stupid, there's a reason they would have all packed in there together at night. And that's just the things wrong with the Nativity, I'll leave dissecting the tradition of Santa Clause (or any of the traditional Christmas decorations used) as an exercise for the reader.
I know, most Christians don't think of those things at Christmas time. We should. Even if the traditions we celebrate are largely driven by commercialism and cross-contamination of pagan rituals, the season should be a time to reflect on how the symbols we choose teach us about Life and the meaning of Christ's Atonement. After all, he was born so he could die for us, so while most people leave contemplation of the Atonement as a tradition for Easter, it's really the true meaning of Christmas. God so loved the World that he gave his only begotten Son, to live a life of example, pure and sinless, and to allow Him to sacrifice Himself for our sins. Kind of makes that Africa song feel like a slap in the face.
Yes, we should think about those in greater need than ourselves. And many people give their time and work to help improve the conditions in parts of the world suffering drought, war, famine and disease, but those people generally do that all the time. And if the rest of us chip in at Christmas time, well that can only be a good thing. But don't let those atheists guilt-trip you into abandoning your traditions. The origins of those traditions are less important than the symbols we see in them now. Those traditions are there to bring our family and friends closer together. They are opportunities to let the people you care about the most deeper into your hearts. So, even if "Feed the World" and "So This is Christmas" are your favorite holiday songs, I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas. May the light of God shine in your heart and light the lives of those around you. May you be blessed, and bless others in return. And, like the Africa song says, the greatest gift we'll get this year is Life. Live it with love.