The Myth of Christmas

Christmas is a celebration which few, it seems, question what is being celebrated.  Anyone who questions the existence of Christmas is often criticised as cynical, Scrooge-like or Humbug. If you ask someone what they are celebrating, they probably look at you incredulously saying ‘But it’s Christmas!’ and go on to mention the religious, family or holiday connotations or simply have no idea how to answer.  Many people at this point say ‘Well, it’s for the children’ as if this justifies them not having an answer.

Unquestioned assumptions surround the existence of Christmas and like most myths are rarely questioned – they simply reduce our ability and responsibility in choosing how we spend our lives.  This is not to say that Christmas can’t be an enjoyable and reflective time of year.  It does mean that if it is blindly responded to with the associated ‘should ought or must’ language attached, then we are hoodwinking ourselves into believing we are choosing to life on our terms.  I encourage you to examine your own myths and choose meaningfully in everything you do.

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