It certainly feels like it with the lockdown, health and economic headlines scaring us all senseless this year.
But maybe it always was a political issue…
According to history, the first pope (Constantine) declared the 25th of December to be the day we should celebrate the birth of Christ.
Now, there are a couple of issues here..
The declaration was made in the year 336 AD – that’s AD – AFTER Christ. In the years 0-335, the birth of Christ wasn’t celebrated, as far as we know, at all. So how did he know? He didn’t, he just picked a date…
Why the 25th December? History points to this being a political act to steer people away from the pagan tradition of acknowledging the winter solstice, when the harvest was in and gratitude was placed firmly in the hands of nature, humanity included.
Was this the beginning of a certain lack of gratitude for nature’s bounty?
There are billions of humans on this planet and I’m pretty sure there are a whole lot of them who either don’t celebrate Christmas because of their religious beliefs or they are just totally fed up with spending too much money on plastic bits and pieces and general craziness of it all.
So, how about this for a contraversial idea. This year – 2020, the year when the world went mad – what if we ‘postponed’ Christmas until March 21st.
We could celebrate on the first day of Spring in the northern hemisphere;
*New life budding from the very earth we stand on.
*A promise of better weather to come
And on the first day of Autumn in the southern hemisphere;
*Getting in the harvest
*Preparing for a cozy winter
And why shouldn’t we call it Christmas – the Bible is very vague as to the time of year and exact date that Christ was born. Surely with the pandemic and economic collapse of many sectors of society, as a species we should be preserving our lives and nature as a whole, rather than being overly concerned about the political views of a pope who lived over 1600 years ago.
And as for the plastic bits and pieces..
However hard we try, a plastic-free lifestyle atm is virtually impossible unless you are mega rich and don’t possess any electric or electronique devices… hmm … perhaps the answer is to grow plants specifically for plant-based plastics – maybe we could start them all off on 21st March next year – when the Universe, God or whichever higher power you feel close to can spring forth and bring us all together under a non-political umbrella that hasn’t really existed since before the year 336AD.
Worth a thought anyway 🙂