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Yes Virginia, there is a Kwanzaa
The American Thinker ^ | Dec 6, 2994 | Andrew Sumereau

Posted on 12/06/2004 10:42:58 AM PST by oldtimer2

Yes Virginia, there Is A Kwanzaa

December 6th, 2004

It's that time of year again, the time when much of the grown-up world conspires in a fun game of "let's pretend," a time when normally serious people think, act, and behave as if something fantastic, something wonderful, something make-believe is actually true. I'm not talking of the "jolly old elf" you might be expecting. I am referring to that much more mythical of things, the "Holiday Season," as proclaimed in "Happy Holidays" and "Season's Greetings."

To hear the plain truth these days is such a rare occurrence that it may cause shock to the central nervous system. It is outrageous. It is blasphemy. So steel yourself for what is to follow.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: christmas; kwanzaa; madeupholiday; neopagan; plaintruth
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Here is the truth. We are not in the "Holiday Season." Believing Christians are currently observing (or rather should be observing) the season of Advent, a holy period of preparation for the Feast of the Incarnation and the following Twelve Days of Christmas. Now it is acknowledged that the vast majority of people of the United States are at least nominally Christians of one denomination or another. They by definition, therefore, believe, in varying degrees of intensity to be sure, that the Creator of the universe humbled Himself to become man, splitting asunder space and time, and was born in a lowly manger in Judea two thousand years ago. The celebration of this event, the Feast of the Incarnation, has been celebrated joyously by believers ever since.

By any rational measure this event remains the most momentous in the history of Western Civilization. Billions of words have been written, vast amounts of art created, awesome buildings and churches dedicated, nations' destinies decided, and finally, millions of individual lives transformed, because of this central fact. For those who believe, it provides joy, comfort, and repose.

Each December, America's Christians are persuaded, subtly, indirectly, and, more and more, directly, to deny and hide their belief. They must celebrate, not the joyous birth of a Redeemer, but rather the multicultural confusion of approved holidays representing different sentiments promoting a vague human kindliness. They are instructed and encouraged to pretend to believe in things an honest eight year-old would laugh at with derision. Against the stupendous Incarnation and the accompanying two thousand years of tradition and devotion what do we have arrayed? One genuine and two ginned-up alternative holidays.

The original multi-cultural offering is a Jewish historical and religious commemoration of a miracle – Chanukah – which is not counted among the High Holy Days of Judaism, but which is a genuine and ancient commemoration of legitimate significance. Conveniently, Chanukah takes place around the same time as Advent, and has become invested with temporal equivalence as an opportunity for the gift-giving, greeting cards, songs, and other less spiritual accoutrements of a religious commemoration, as have also attached themselves to Christmas.

Chanukah begins tomorrow night, and I wish all of my Jewish readers a meaningful celebration and commemoration, one deeply connected with the survival of the Jews throughout millennia of persecution. As such, Chanukah merits its own commemoration, not immersion in a vague and deracinated "Holiday Season" or a "greeting" keyed to Winter, not to the inspiring story it symbolically re-enacts. Chanukah deserves to stand and be celebrated on its own, distinctively Jewish basis.

However the American scene is also now featuring a neo-pagan, fake-Druid solstice Saturnalia and a modern invention of politics and hodge-podge spiritual nonsense--Kwanzaa. But I have said here the one thing you are not supposed to say. Have you noticed and experienced the inexpressible joy and ecstasy with which these latter two holidays are celebrated? No? Well, that's all right, you are not supposed to notice the ambivalence of their few celebrants. It doesn't matter anyway. These holidays are doing the job for which they are meant, to make credible the fiction of competing holidays. They have been artificially promoted and, in the case of Kwanzaa, invented, to lessen the impact of Christmas. Everybody knows this. Really.

The resulting "Holiday Season" allows the vast economic exploitation of Christmas while serenely ignoring its core. It naturally and inevitably leads to one blatant insult to Christianity after another, from "X"mas sales at the mall to Winter Festivals in the public schools.

Christians are certainly not blameless in this travesty. They complacently allow themselves to be denied the spiritual and psychological fruits of the central core of their faith. They are routinely cowed into accepting the preposterous nonsense that proclaiming and celebrating Christmas is a form of intolerance and hate. They go along with the silliness. For conciliation's sake, they agree to make sure to hide the Creche, or at least place it beside a Menorah, so as not to be labeled a bigot, or worse. And of course the educated elite would prefer a secular chorus of Jingle Bells or Frosty the Snowman to be sung at approved "winter" gatherings so as not to be offended, so remove Adeste Fidelis from the program.

Recent international events have served to illuminate the lack of seriousness of most of the west. Across the globe we see people dying for their beliefs. We see righteous anger and irrational savagery. At home we fight among ourselves to come to grips with realities and consequences of the fight between good and evil.

To survive in this world the West must regain its seriousness. We must put aside childish things, return fantasy and make-believe to children, and call things what they truly are, restore honesty, and return to substantive truths. Let us begin by restoring Christmas, and let its light illuminate our darkened world. Let us restore the glorious traditions of centuries and scorn the attempts at usurpation by the invasions and inventions of those who hate Christ and detest the celebration of His birth.

Andrew Sumereau is a writer residing in East Stroudsburg, PA

1 posted on 12/06/2004 10:42:59 AM PST by oldtimer2
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To: oldtimer2


It is way past time for us to begin fighting back.


2 posted on 12/06/2004 10:45:23 AM PST by oldtimer2 (TANSTAAFL)
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To: oldtimer2

wonderful article. very true. Anybody who wishes me "happy holidays" gets a nice loud "merry Christmas" in return. It's not "the holiday season", it's Christmas.


4 posted on 12/06/2004 10:48:06 AM PST by timtoews5292004
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To: oldtimer2

5 posted on 12/06/2004 10:48:26 AM PST by JoJo Gunn (More than two lawyers in any Country constitutes a terrorist organization. )
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To: oldtimer2

I'm dreaming
of a whiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiite Kwanzaa ...


6 posted on 12/06/2004 10:48:39 AM PST by coloradan (Hence, etc.)
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To: oldtimer2

I don't see the inanity of Kwanzaa as something created "to lessen the impact of Christmas." I see it created to get more people to continue buying more crap from stores in our "ownership society". At this, I think it's been mostly a failure, since (like the article says) few people give Kwanzaa any credibility or observance.


7 posted on 12/06/2004 10:50:42 AM PST by Blzbba (Conservative Republican - Less gov't, less spending, less intrusion.)
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It was created by a black studies college professor as an anti-whitey holiday. It is a total fabrication whose history is worth exposing.

It is actually amusing to see those who are suckered by this fake old holiday.


8 posted on 12/06/2004 10:53:56 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: coloradan
of a whiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiite Kwanzaa ...

Just like the one no one EVER knewwwwwwwwwwwwwww......

9 posted on 12/06/2004 10:54:09 AM PST by Neenah
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stay tuned -a homosexual holiday will be proposed. Any prediction on what IT will be called?


10 posted on 12/06/2004 10:54:33 AM PST by DBeers
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When it does happen (and it will), it will be to commemorate the Stonewall riots.


11 posted on 12/06/2004 10:55:54 AM PST by dfwgator (It's sad that the news media treats Michael Jackson better than our military.)
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To: oldtimer2

To Tell the Truth, Virginia...


12 posted on 12/06/2004 10:55:56 AM PST by BibChr ("...behold, they have rejected the word of the LORD, so what wisdom is in them?" [Jer. 8:9])
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To: coloradan

Lol!


13 posted on 12/06/2004 10:56:59 AM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: oldtimer2

I am 53 years old and I have NEVER heard of the phrase:

Feast of the Incarnation


14 posted on 12/06/2004 10:57:15 AM PST by steplock (http://www.outoftimeradio.org)
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To: longtermmemmory

Furthermore, this professor was a Marxist and the celebrations of this "holiday" emphasize collectivism, as may be expected. Furthermore, the term "Kwanzaa" is Swahili, from East Africa. African Americans are basically West African in origin, largely from what is now Nigeria and its neighbors. Its celebration by African Americans is equivalent to Slavic Americans celebrating St. Patrick's Day to commemorate the history and heritage of the Slavic peoples.


15 posted on 12/06/2004 10:59:01 AM PST by Wallace T.
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To: oldtimer2

Ahh yes -- KWANZA!

Ronald Everett - the convicted felon who invented Kwanza and burned a woman's mouth with a hot soldering iron.

Wonderful holiday for a race of people to celebrate.


16 posted on 12/06/2004 11:00:10 AM PST by steplock (http://www.outoftimeradio.org)
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The story of Holiday Season needs to be told. You know the one, where three wisemen from Mecca have just enough oil in their lamps to lead them to worship the birth of Santa Claus, in a manger, in Africa.

Display your Festivas Tree proudly and prepare your list of grievances. Holiday Season draws near..

17 posted on 12/06/2004 11:01:36 AM PST by small voice in the wilderness (Quick, act casual. If they sense scorn and ridicule, they'll flee..)
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To: Wallace T.
Its celebration by African Americans is equivalent to Slavic Americans celebrating St. Patrick's Day to commemorate the history and heritage of the Slavic peoples.

LOL, but oh so true.

18 posted on 12/06/2004 11:02:42 AM PST by dfwgator (It's sad that the news media treats Michael Jackson better than our military.)
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To: JoJo Gunn

I have that exact model. Dangerous dang thing. Burned myself several times on it.


19 posted on 12/06/2004 11:03:22 AM PST by ElkGroveDan
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To: oldtimer2

here's the entire song:

I’m dreaming of a white Kwaanza
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten and children listen
To hear Marxist diatribes

I’m dreaming of a white Kwaanza
With every Kwaanza card I write
May your days be silly and trite
And may all your Kwaanza-ah’s be white


20 posted on 12/06/2004 11:03:45 AM PST by Neever
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