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O'Reilly inadvertently finds meaning of Christmas

November 29, 2005 Leave a comment Go to comments

Bill O’Reilly tells us why businesses should love Merry Christmas:

Every company in America should be on its knees thanking Jesus for being born. Without Christmas, most American businesses would be far less profitable. More than enough reason for business to be screaming “Merry Christmas.”

As I wrote last December, Christmas is very much a commercial holiday. It always has been. Since the primary tradition was invented by elites basically to calm down the masses, rampant consumerism can certainly be seen as the meaning of Christmas. It diverts the attention of the masses from important matters to things like Xboxes.

But, I’m beginning to sound like some sort of Marxist, so I’ll stop there.

Of course, someone should inform Bill that the gift-giving tradition driving holiday season profits has little to do with Jesus. In fact, with or without Christianity, it’s conceivable that the winter solstice festivals would have been civilized, so to speak, in the same way as Christmas has been. Without paganism, there’s no reason to think Christianity would have created Christmas or that it would need the creation of a sort of “folk identity” that led to Santa Claus and gift giving.

(via ThinkProgress)

Categories: Social issues
  1. Lindmere
    December 8, 2005 at 7:07 am

    C.F. the story on Yahoo that many “megachurches” are closing for Christmas Day. For most Americans, Christmas “tradition” has more to do with opening gifts and watching football games than going to Mass. Woe to the American economy if people really “Kept Christ in Christmas” and substituted hand-crafted Nativity scenes for light-up Santas, carol singing for mall cruising, and charitable donations for gift buying. Bill’s rants about Capitalist Jesus are not only bizarre, they’re wrong. Catering to their preferences will not make Evangelicals shop more, but it certainly could make everyone else shop less.

  2. December 8, 2005 at 2:21 pm


    Also, those megachurches are bizarre. Are you going to church or to the mall?

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