Bil Browning

Christmas blessings

Filed By Bil Browning | December 25, 2008 8:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Bing Crosby, Bing Crosby quote

"Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won't make it 'white'."

-- Bing Crosby (1904-1977), American singer and film actor.


Merry Christmas to all of our Projectors. We're taking the day off, so feel free to stop by and share your blessings of the past year with us. We're blessed just to have so many of you here with us every day!

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A Christmas quote from an American film star who physically beat his older sons to the point that they grew into dysfunctional, adult alcoholics.

Very peculiar.

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | December 27, 2008 9:30 AM

Hey, you should have grown up Catholic!

Christmas Blessings are not acceptable from you to me.

I am an atheist.

I hereby renounce all the trappings of religion.

I renounce all blessings, benefits, graces, sanctifications, and advantages supposedly conferred on me by any religion or by any religious act done by me or on my behalf in the past, present or future.

I condemn as monstrous the idea of original sin, and renounce any baptism done on my behalf to wash it away.

I reject as ridiculous the idea of an atoning sacrifice and spurn its presumed benefits.

I do not believe that any god, supernatural realm or afterlife exists, and will not act as if they did.

I do not believe that any book, building, place, person, thing or action is holy and will not pretend that they are.

I do not think that praying is anything more than talking to oneself and will not make believe that it is.

I do not believe that any person is more sanctified than any other, or that any human being should be elevated above another in any way, due to ancestry, race, gender, occupation, belief or for any other reason and will not feign that I do.

As a principled and rational person, it pains me that someone, somewhere may be counting me as an adherent of an irrational superstition which has done and is doing irreparable harm to humanity and with which I profoundly disagree. Please remove my name from the records of the church, and record that I am no longer a Roman Catholic. Please send me confirmation of this action. Please do this as soon as possible.

Robert Ganshorn Robert Ganshorn | December 27, 2008 2:43 AM

And I'll get your little dog too!

"To be blessed" means 'to be favoured by God'. Blessings therefore are directly associated with God and come from God. Therefore to express a blessing, is like bestowing a wish on someone that she will experience the favour of God. "May you have a blessed Christmas", therefore can also be translated as: "May you experience the favor of God during this Christmas period."

Well, it doesn't necessarily have to be the 'christian' god that you are referring to.

I mean I might ask the blessings of the Goddess upon, you, or say simply, "blessed be", which has nothing to do with Christ or the god associated with him.

For me, the Holy day, which is the term where holiday comes from, was on Sunday. Now the silly christians, who stole the holy day in the first place from the pagans and dressed it up in their own trappings, changed the day celebrated.

Not that there is much holy about the whole shebang anyway at this point.(That is, unless you think making money and selling things is holy, then there you go.)

Blessed be, and may the Goddess, and the God who was reborn on the Solstice, guide you in the coming year.

I know you are a sweet man and meant good will. Just pulling your leg. Reasons Greetings.

You know, there's a common convention known as courtesy. Since you know damned well the spirit in which the Christmas wish was offered - to share warmth and good fellowship - all of your other protestations are inappropriate and rude.

You don't need to believe in the same things as others who offer good wishes to accept them graciously, or at least silently.

I have never been a Christian of any kind, and don't really believe in God. But if someone offers me a Christmas greeting, I don't return the favor by taking their head off. And I've been known to offer Christmas wishes of my own, recognizing that other people appreciate the sentiment.

I doubt you have any illusions that your diatribe against Christmas wishes in particular, and religion in general, will actually get anyone to renounce their personal beliefs for yours. So other to than to hear yourself rant, I don't understand your purpose in attacking Bil.

Usually when someone needs to wear their beliefs on their sleeves, whether it's called for or not, it often means that it is the proselytizer who is bucking up his own flagging faith. Ironic, isn't it?

There is a difference between a Christmas greeting and a Christmas blessing. A Christmas blessing is a form of being special and having power "though god" over another peson. "Christmas" was the key word that made Bil's "Christmas Belessings" Christian. Why not Kwanzaa Blessing ? Would you send Muslim blessings to a Jew or other non-believer? Try sending Wicca blessings to the Pope. It could get a good witch tortured or burned at the stake during the inquisition.

Don't worry, Charles. Next year we'll use the headline "Merry Christmas to everyone (except Charles Merrill)."

Please remove my name from the records of the church, and record that I am no longer a Roman Catholic. Please send me confirmation of this action. Please do this as soon as possible.

Hmmmmmmmm.... I don't think Bil's in charge of that!

Regardless of whether you are celebrating Christmas, Kwanzaa, the winter solstice, Chanukah, or simply just being alive on December 25 of 2008, may the season be pleasant and filled with joy.