The longer I blog, the more I realize how utterly stupid I am and the less I understand the world I find myself living in. Most of what I have been taught to be true is apparently not true anymore. It’s a very surreal feeling. I feel like everyone else got the memo but me and I haven’t a clue as to how I am to go about getting my email address on the list for future reference.
Take this Sea-Tac Christmas tree kafuffle. I never realized that the general wisdom dictates that Christmas trees are now considered a secular symbol of the ‘holiday’ season. What seems incredibly apparent to me, but not to my obvious betters, is that to even refer to a tree as a “Christ-mass” tree would dictate a religious connation. Let’s not even discuss what “holiday” we are referring to when we talk about the ‘holiday’ season.
This actually goes a long way in explaining why I had so many emails asking when one should put up the Christmas tree or decorate the home for Christmas. I kept saying one does it at the beginning of Advent which lead to more emails from Christians asking what is Advent and when does it begin.
I could understand if you were Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim or Hindu asking what is Advent and when does it begin, and as far as I know most religious Jews, Buddhists, Muslims or Hindus don’t bother putting up Christmas trees as it concerns a religious tradition in Christianity. I am obviously stupid so I am probably wrong about that assumption as well. It was just, I couldn’t understand if you were a Christian why one didn’t know what and when Advent begins as it’s an integral part of Christian religious teaching. If you didn’t know the religious tradition just why would one go to all the hassle up of putting up a tree and decorating it?
I get it now. Christmas trees are a traditional secular symbol used in a generic holiday season which falls in December. Mea Culpa.