What in the Fresh Hell Is This? Wishing Someone a ‘Merry Christmas’ Is White Supremacy

H/T Town Hall.

Where in the Hell did the America I grew up in go?

I want my America back not some namby pamby politically correct nation.

I mean, we shouldn’t be shocked that people like this exist. Ever since ‘wokeness’ latched onto the political Left like a barnacle, the hot takes have grown more insane. Whatever you thought was ‘too extreme’ quickly was turned on its head with these people. Since Obama, the ‘woke’ Left has thrust scores of pseudo-intellectual talking points into the social media universe in the hopes of making it mainstream. Yet, the most common is making everything into a vehicle for white supremacy and then bashing it. Ladies and gentlemen, these people think that a man who holds the door for a woman is a sexist, misogynist dinosaur. Are we shocked that they decided to put Christmas on the white supremacy list? 

 

Even now, we can’t say Merry Christmas on certain platforms, who have opted for the more politically correct ‘happy holidays’ send off. But as Jen Bokoff of the Disability Rights Fund reminded all of us today, a lot of people don’t celebrate Christmas, so please be cognizant of that because “the default Merry Christmas as a normal greeting is also white supremacy culture at work.” Yeah, we’re not all mentally defective, Jenny. If I see someone with a yarmulke on, I’m not going to say, “Merry Christmas.” Also, this isn’t some random holiday. It’s not something where only half the nation celebrates. The vast majority celebrate Christmas. In fact, billions do. And not all Christians are white people. I guess it would shock Jen that a lot of people of color are—gasp—Christian. 

The added idiocy with this ‘wishing merry Christmas is white supremacy culture’ take is that it carries this connotation that all holidays are relatively equal with regards to participation. Sorry, given the numbers, no one really celebrates Kwanzaa. I think more people attend ComicCon than those who celebrate Kwanzaa. We’re also the most religious industrialized nation. It’s not even close. The United States has a population of 331 million; 205 million are Christians.

It’s all part of the multi-pronged assault on other institutions that divert attention away from the power base that progressives think we should all trust without question and worship like God, and that would be the government. You can’t be trusted with firearm ownership, only agents of the state can be. We’ll give you free health care.
 
We’ll take care of you from cradle to grave. The list goes on and on, but religion and its Constitutional protections present the biggest threat to the progressive agenda, the woke agenda, which is why they workday and night to eliminate these people from society. So, piss these people off, and wish everyone a Merry Christmas this year, next year, and for all time. 
 

THE ORIGINS OF CHRISTMAS WREATHS

H/T Santa’s Quarters.

A little history of Christmas Wreaths.

Christmas Wreath

Wreaths are ornamental arrangements that can be found in homes throughout the year; however, for many, they are a seasonal decoration, and the holiday most widely associated with wreaths is Christmas. While they can be made of almost anything, Christmas wreaths are most often made of fresh greenery and seasonal flowers. During this season, they are generally either placed flat on a surface for use as an Advent wreath or hung on one’s wall or front door. Although they’ve become a holiday tradition in the United States and in other parts of the world, many are unaware of the long history and assorted meanings associated with them.

ETYMOLOGY AND ORIGINS

The word “wreath” comes from the Old English “writhan,” meaning “to twist,” and over the centuries, wreaths have been associated with a variety of cultures. It’s believed that wreaths date back to the Persian Empire, ancient Egypt, and ancient Greece, but their purpose during those times differs from the way that they are popularly used today. In the Persian Empire, wreaths called diadems were a sign of power or authority worn as a headdress. They were made of fabric, adorned with jewels, and often worn by royalty. Ancient Egyptians also wore a type of wreath as a headdress, but theirs was made of flowers and called a chaplet. In Greece, particularly Rome, wreaths made of laurel were worn by emperors and awarded to warriors and others as a symbol of honor. Additionally, Romans awarded olive leaf and laurel wreaths to winning athletes and even poets. Wreaths were also hung on doors and are believed to have been signs of victory.

HOLIDAY WREATHS

Christmas wreaths are also connected with the pagan holiday of Yule, marking the winter solstice, which was celebrated by ancient Germanic and Scandinavian peoples. This 12-day festival, which was also called midwinter, was held to honor the returning of the sun and the seasonal cycle. The wreaths used during Yule were meant to symbolize nature and the promise of spring. They held candles that were lit in hopes of the return of the warmth and the sunlight. Rome, too, had an annual midwinter celebration, called Saturnalia, during which they worshiped Saturn, who was the god of agriculture or sowing, from Dec. 17 through Dec. 23. For Saturnalia, Romans used holly wreaths as a form of decoration and also gave them as gifts.

Today, some religions use wreaths for purposes not associated with Christmas. Ramadan, for example, is a holy month observed by Muslims, and at the conclusion of Ramadan, the end of fasting is marked by a three-day celebration called Eid al-Fitr. Door wreaths are often displayed during this time.

CHRISTMAS WREATHS

But perhaps the most widespread and well-known use of wreaths comes in connection with Christmas and with Christianity, as their circular shape is said to symbolize eternal life and the unending love of God. In the 16th century, the use of wreaths during Yule was adopted by Christians and became a custom in the form of Advent wreaths. These wreaths were traditionally made of evergreens, which also symbolize eternal life, holly oak, and red berries. The red berries and the thorny leaves of the holly oak represented the crown of thorns worn by Jesus and the drops of blood that they drew. The Advent wreath is meant to hold four candles, three purple and one pink. The first candle to be lit during Advent is meant to symbolize hope and is a purple one called the prophecy candle. On the second Sunday of Advent, another purple candle, called the Bethlehem candle, is lit. It symbolizes love to some and the manger of Jesus to others. The pink candle, called the shepherd candle, represents joy and is lit on the third Sunday of Advent. Peace is represented by the angel candle, which is the final purple candle and is lit on the fourth Sunday of Advent. Sometimes, a fifth, white candle is added to the center of the wreath. This is referred as the Christ candle, and it’s lit on Christmas Eve. These candles symbolize the coming of the light of Christ.

For some people, Christmas wreaths are not meant to be religious symbols but rather are strictly for decoration. Today, a wreath that’s hanging on one’s door at Christmas may symbolize the invitation of Jesus into one’s home, or it may be inviting the spirit of Christmas into the home along with good luck.

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12 Facts About ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’

H/T Smithsonian Magazine.

Some Christmas Carol trivia.

Amaze and astound your loved ones with these pieces of carol trivia

Partridges, turtledoves, geese… you know the drill. (Wikimedia Commons)

 

You might already be getting tired of Christmas carols, but they have a long history. Here are twelve things to know about a Christmas classic.

It first appeared in print in 1780

According to the Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes cited on Wikipedia,  the earliest printed version of this poem that researchers know of dates back to 1780 and the book Mirth Without Mischief. In that version, it was a chant or a poem that wasn’t set to music.

It was originally a kind of poem known as “cumulative verse”

This Christmas classic would be well-suited to being a chant or poem–it’s written in a poetic form called “cumulative verse,” where each patterned verse contributes to a longer narrative. If you want another example, think “There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.” “Rhymed verse may have originated in dancing and singing–cumulative verse in recitation and instruction,” writes Lina Eckenstein in Comparative Studies in Nursery Rhymes.

Some believe that it was created to teach Catholic children the catechism in a coded way–but it probably wasn’t

This structure, along with other facets of the song, has caused some to believe that the rhyme was a way for British Catholics to subversively teach Catholic children the catechism, because their religion was controversial in 1700s England. However, writes David Mikkelson for Snopes, this theory only appeared in the 1990s and isn’t supported by any documentary evidence–meaning it’s deeply unlikely this link authentically exists.

There are really 12 days of Christmas

Furthermore, Mikkelson writes, “there was absolutely no reason why any Catholic would have to hide his knowledge of any of the concepts supposedly symbolized in ‘The Twelve Days of Christmas,’ because these were basic articles of faith common to all denominations of Christianity.” These tenets weren’t directly linked to any celebration of the 12 days of Christmas, which actually begin on December 25 and end on Twelfth Day, January 5, also known as the Feast of the Epiphany.

The poem is, in some form, likely much older than 1780

Like the twelve-day celebration of Christmas itself, writes Tanya Pai for Vox, “The 12 Days of Christmas” likely has roots that well predate 1780. It may have been French in origin, she writes.

A Scottish holiday poem is very similar

This theory is backed up by the fact that other poems about the twelve days of Christmas do exist, such as Scottish poem “The Yule Days.” This poem includes a king sending his lady, partridges, geese, ducks, swans, the list goes on–just like the English poem.   

Its origins probably relate to a memory game

“Although the exact origins of the song are unknown, it is highly probable that it began as a memory and forfeit game for twelfth night celebrations, which would have been said and not sung,” write authors Mark Lawson-Jones and Dominic Walker. “The players gathered in a circle and the leader would recite a verse and each would repeat it, the leader would add another verse, and speak faster, and so on until a mistake was made by one of the players, who would then drop out of the game.” The last player standing was the winner.

Some versions contain bloody things we’d now consider animal abuse but were seen as entertainment

Even in English, there are a number of different, less-well-known variants of the lyrics. These range from the relatively innocent–“Ships a sailing” instead of “Pipers piping”–to lyrics that reflect earlier times’ attitudes towards animals, for instance, “Bears a-baiting” or “Badgers baiting” which refers to the practice of getting these animals to fight with dogs. This form of entertainment was relatively common during periods of celebration.

Some people think the animal references relate to feasting-and Europeans did actually use to eat most of the animals mentioned

There are a number of animals mentioned in all versions of the song–and many of them are things Europeans would have eaten, leading many to interpret the animal sections as relating to feasting, writes Olga Khazan for The Atlantic. That means that partridge in a pear tree wasn’t just for holiday decorations.

It wasn’t set to music until the 20th century

The tune of this now-familiar Christmas carol only dates back to the early twentieth century, when it was composed by Frederic Austin. It’s based on a traditional folk song but both the lyrics and the melody were altered by the composer.

Giving someone all the gifts in the song would be expensive

It’s pretty unlikely that anyone ever received all of the gifts proposed in the song–if so, however, they would have been costly, writes Pai. Today, if someone wished to replicate the list, they’d be looking at more than $30,000.

It has been parodied numerous times

Like most Christmas carols (“Jingle Bells,” anyone?) “The Twelve Days of Christmas” has been parodied on numerous occasions. From comedian and Las Vegas performer Fay McKay’s boozy version “The Twelve Daze of Christmas” to “The Twelve Days of Starcrafts,” you’ll find a parody out there to suit every festive mood.