It's Christmas, damnit: The rant of a conservative atheist.

I'm getting more than a little tired of this kind of thing-- stores, businesses and people shying away from the big "C" word nearly as much as the MSM tried to shy away from anything to do with the Swift Vets a few months ago.

It's unmitigated PC crap, and I'm sick and tired of it. It's a Christmas tree. It's a Christmas list. The effing holiday is flipping CHRISTmas. You know, the big guy. Whether you believe in "Him" or not, if it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, guess what: It's a frigging duck.

Now, I personally don't believe in the background story. I don't need to. I believe in myself, and that's all I need to share the more important moral convictions most religious people tend to hold. As Kim du Toit aptly put it, "the product without the packaging or marketing." But, I realize that a whole hell of a lot of people do believe in the Christ part of Christmas, and I'm just dandy with that. I don't feel any need to avert my eyes from the hues of red and green, nor nail santa to a stake because "he" is an icon of *gasp* religion.

See, one of the first things they teach you in Conservatism 101 is: Tradition: Good. Whiney hippies who want to change the world to suit their mangled little view of reality: Bad. So that's why, while I don't necessarily buy into the marketing, I'm perfectly fine with the icons. Bring 'em on! I love the huge tree at Rockefeller Center. I can appreciate how beautiful the centuries-old churches are, decked out for the season. And even if I didn't, much as is my reaction to other things of a generally annoying nature, I'd effing deal with it like a rational, well-adjusted member of society.

So, this year, and every one that follows, I'd ask that regardless of your personal beliefs, you wish everyone a Merry Effing Christmas. And if you should feel the need to pop some PC twit in the nose for mangling the name of the flipping holiday in some manner, all the better.

posted by Mr. Lion | 12/09/04 @ 15:02 | comments (1)