Twas The Month Before Christmas

The following missive seems wholly appropriate as the Christmas season descends upon what is described as a Christian society called Barbados. Reproduced for the reading pleasure of the BU family (The original attributed to Clement C. Moore)

Twas the month before Christmas

When all through our land,

Not a Christian was praying

Nor taking a stand.

Why the PC Police had taken away

The reason for Christmas – no one could say.

The children were told by their schools not to sing

About Shepherds and Wise Men and Angels and things.

It might hurt people’s feelings, the teachers would say

December 25th is just a ‘ Holiday’.

Yet the shoppers were ready with cash, checks and credit

Pushing folks down to the floor just to get it!

CDs from Madonna, an X BOX, an I-Pod

December 25th is just a ‘ Holiday’.

Something was changing, something quite odd!

Retailers promoted Ramadan and Kwanzaa

In hopes to sell books by Franken & Fonda.

As Targets were hanging their trees upside down

At Lowe’s the word Christmas – was no where to be found.

At K-Mart and Staples and Penny’s and Sears

You won’t hear the word Christmas; it won’t touch your ears.

Inclusive, sensitive, Di-ver-si-ty

Are words that were used to intimidate me.

Now Daschle, Now Darden, Now Sharpton, Wolf Blitzen

On Boxer, on Rather, on Kerry, on Clinton!

At the top of the Senate, there arose such a clatter

To eliminate Jesus, in all public matter.

And we spoke not a word, as they took away our faith

Forbidden to speak of salvation and grace

The true Gift of Christmas was exchanged and discarded

The reason for the season, stopped before it started.

So as you celebrate ‘Winter Break’ under your ‘Dream Tree’

Sipping your Starbucks, listen to me.

Choose your words carefully, choose what you say

Shout MERRY CHRISTMAS,

not Happy Holiday!

Please, all Christians join together and

wish everyone you meet

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Christ is The Reason’ for the Christ-mas Season!

0 thoughts on “Twas The Month Before Christmas


  1. DO YOU KNOW THAT THIS IS THE WORST POST I HAVE EVER READ, ON ANY BLOG, COLUMN, MAGAZINE OR ANY OTHER MEDIUM ANYWHERE IN THE CIVILIZED WORLD, CYBERSPACE, ALL GALAXIES AND INTERIPHONAL REGIONS ???


    • @JUST ASKING

      Can you say why?

      Perhaps the question is too much to ask?

      Do you understand what dialogue means?


  2. Dies Natalis Solis Invicti (Wikipedia)
    Main article: Sol Invictus
    Dies Natalis Solis Invicti means “the birthday of the unconquered sun”.
    Modern scholars have argued that the festival was placed on the date of the solstice because this was on this day that the Sun reversed its southward retreat and proved itself to be “unconquered”.[citation needed] Some early Christian writers connected the rebirth of the sun to the birth of Jesus “O, how wonderfully acted Providence that on that day on which that Sun was born…Christ should be born”, Cyprian wrote John Chrysostom also commented on the connection: “They call it the ‘Birthday of the Unconquered’. Who indeed is so unconquered as Our Lord . . .?”

    Although Dies Natalis Solis Invicti has been the subject of a great deal of scholarly speculation,.[citation needed the only ancient source for it is a single mention in the Chronography of 354, and modern Sol scholar Steven Hijmans argues that there is no evidence that the celebration precedes that of Christmas:
    “While the winter solstice on or around the 25th of December was well established in the Roman imperial calendar, there is no evidence that a religious celebration of Sol on that day antedated the celebration of Christmas, and none that indicates that Aurelian had a hand in its institution.”


  3. A winter festival was the most popular festival of the year in many cultures. Reasons included the fact that less agricultural work needs to be done during the winter, as well as an expectation of better weather as spring approached.Modern Christmas customs include: gift-giving and merrymaking from Roman Saturnalia; greenery, lights, and charity from the Roman New Year; and Yule logs and various foods from Germanic feasts.
    Pagan Scandinavia celebrated a winter festival called Yule, held in the late December to early January period.[citation needed] As Northern Europe was the last part to Christianize, its pagan traditions had a major influence on Christmas, especially Koleda, which was incorporated into the Christmas carol. Scandinavians still call Christmas Jul. In English, the word Yule is synonymous with Christmas, a usage first recorded in 900.


  4. By the High Middle Ages, the holiday had become so prominent that chroniclers routinely noted where various magnates celebrated Christmas. King Richard II of England hosted a Christmas feast in 1377 at which twenty-eight oxen and three hundred sheep were eaten.[79] The Yule boar was a common feature of medieval Christmas feasts. Caroling also became popular, and was originally a group of dancers who sang. The group was composed of a lead singer and a ring of dancers that provided the chorus. Various writers of the time condemned caroling as lewd, indicating that the unruly traditions of Saturnalia and Yule may have continued in this form.[79] “Misrule”—drunkenness, promiscuity, gambling—was also an important aspect of the festival. In England, gifts were exchanged on New Year’s Day, and there was special Christmas ale.[79]
    Christmas during the Middle Ages was a public festival that incorporated ivy, holly, and other evergreens.[80] Christmas gift-giving during the Middle Ages was usually between people with legal relationships, such as tenant and landlord.[80] The annual indulgence in eating, dancing, singing, sporting, and card playing escalated in England, and by the 17th century the Christmas season featured lavish dinners, elaborate masques and pageants. In 1607, King James I insisted that a play be acted on Christmas night and that the court indulge in games.[81] It was during the Reformation in 16th–17th century Europe that many Protestants changed the gift bringer to the Christ Child or Christkindl, and the date of giving gifts changed from December 6 to Christmas Eve.[
    Source wikipedia


  5. David I can tell you why. Because the rhyme, as clever as it may be, is irrelevant in our island. We have no Target, nor Kmart, nor Lowes nor Starbucks. Christ is very much present in Christmas in Barbados and statements about the Senate trying to eliminate Jesus is misleading. And apart from a few yahoos, no one here promotes Ramadan or Kwanza to sell any books.


  6. Churches are rammed at Christmas in this island, people very much greet others with a “Happy Christmas” as opposed to a “Happy Holidays”, Christmas trees are known here as Christmas trees, and there is no Government effort to supplant baby jesus, in fact mangers remain a very popular public display in decorations. I don’t buy your transliteration other than the modest criticism of shopping – modest in that the point of the poem is far more a critique of effort to take christ out of christmas, which I just don’t see as an isssue in this island.


  7. Many Christians have taken Christ out of Christmas, I grew up in a church going family who celebrated Christmas. As I grew older I continued following traditions of the past for some time when my daughter was small. Since I no longer follow Christ as my God, I too have taken the Christ out of Christmas and celebrate it as a time for friends and family. In Trinidad the Hindus have just finished celebrating Diwali or the festival of lights. As a child we looked forward to this festival even though we were not Hindus. It is the same for the Hindus, they look forward to Christmas and are not Christians. I know of a Muslim girl telling me that her father bought a Christmas tree and had presents under it on Christmas morning for his children. It is good to see people from all over the world celebrating each other’s festivals whether they are believers or not.


  8. this poems sounds stupid and it is unrealistic. no one has stop anyone from worshiping chirst. why put something that applies to america here, this is a bajan blog. why must we continue to act like a colony and not as an island? we even see in the papers and around the island, items quoted in US dollars. is that now our currency? if u travel overseas, NO ONE wants US$ – yet we previous slaves and present lovers of the white massa system, have to continue living as if we must show we love white massa country in order to get somewhere in life.


  9. @chocalate city hassle

    Are you suggesting or disagreeing that Bajans do not exhibit Northamericanesque attitudes right here in Barbados?

    To understand your point better because this blog focuses on Bajan issues we should not discuss wider issues? Do bajans live on a rock in the middle of the ocean? Oooops then again we do!


  10. @ David
    Is it possible to filter the IP address as well as the alias? Gotta be something that can be done to stop that denizen from “Da Looney Bin” with his idea of “fun”.


  11. Quoting David “Why do Christians ignore the realities of some Christian festivals?”

    Don’t know David you’ll have to ask Zoe, or Brother Georgie Porgie or one of them learnted fellows.


  12. Or maybe some Christians are afraid to acknowledge that the sun has been widely worshiped in all human societies. No sun no human life. Of course now we know that the sun is just an old ball of fire, but still no sun, no food, no us.

    Maybe is is scary to acknowledge that our lives depend on a ball of fire. Something that is itself not alive.

    So the non-living thing (the sun) keeps all life alive.

    But David I ain’t no Einstein as Amused reminded me on another thread only today.

    So now I will sign mysel only Random.

    Random


  13. Maybe this blog would have been viewed differently if BU/David had edit to replace with businesses in Barbados and notify the submitter of the changes to be made.


  14. Random (Thoughts) | November 10, 2011 at 8:03 PM |
    Thanks for the ray of Light! It brings molecules of fertility to the barren religious landscape in this brainwashed nation!
    Thank Go(o)dness for the sunbeam of knowledge and wisdom!


  15. Christmas my ass. Crop Over wid Kadooment is the holiday spirit … Mount Gay Eclipse … Oh yo yo yo Somet’ings happening and it so exciting …


  16. For all y’all quarelling about “relevance” of this post to Barbados…

    I went into a store in town to look at Christmas cards…

    Some said “Merry Christmas”, but a lot of them said “Happy Holidays” or some other moniker…

    I believe that, as much as all religions be allowed to celebrate their holy times, no other religions should be pushed out because of that. Like islandgirl said, it’s good to see people celebrating each other’s holy times, even if they’re not of that religion.

    However…

    We ARE becoming more like little America each day, so don’t be too suprised if things that are not “relevant” right now, BECOME so!

    And as BU David said…we should be able to discuss world issues on occasion on a Bajan blog…unless we’re from Jupiter!

    @ BU David…

    Are we from Jupiter, sir? Should we be so insular as to ignore everything that’s going on in the world?


    • @Seeker

      Barbados is simply being drowned in a see of enculturation and we seem powerless to retain our identity in the process.

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