Christmyth: A holiday alternative to Christmas

Christmas celebrations indoctrinate people into Christianity because they can be fun and make people want to participate in the Christian holiday and Christianity.  Most people are forced to take one or more holidays at Christmas time, so they end up participating in Christmas celebrations.  To prevent Christian indoctrination, people who aren’t Christian could have an annual celebration of their own on December 25 called Christmyth or Christ-Myth. The name of this celebration sounds similar to Christmas, but means that Jesus Christ is a myth or fictional character.

Centre for Inquiry Canada, an organization for atheists, agnostics, skeptics, and secularists, had an online chat party called Christmyth Social on December 25, 2019, but Christmyth can be more than online socializing by atheists and agnostics.

People argue that Christmas is already a secular celebration to people, but the people they’re talking about are mostly of Christian ancestry and the same can be said about all religious holidays.  Hanukkah is a secular celebration to non-Jews who are of Jewish ancestry and Eid al-Fitr is a secular celebration to non-Muslims who are of Muslim ancestry, but the U.S. and other western countries don’t have federal or statutory holidays for any religion but Christianity.  As long as Christmas is a statutory holiday, people who aren’t Christian can celebrate the holiday as Christmyth.  If you’re not a Christian and someone sends you a “merry Christmas” message, you can respond, “Merry Christmyth.”

Christmyth movies could include Religulous, Star Wars movies (because the force is an alternative to the Christian God), Star Trek V:  The Final Frontier, In Search of Ancient Astronauts, Root of all Evil? etc.  Christmyth carols could include John Lennon’s “Imagine,” Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven Is a Place on Earth,” Red Hot Chili Peppers’s “Shallow Be Thy Game,” Tombstone Da Deadman’s “Ballad of the Non-Believer,” Shelley Segal’s “I Don’t Believe in Fairies,” etc.  Christmyth books could include God Is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens, The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, God:  The Failed Hypothesis:  How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist by Victor J. Stenger, Chariots of the Gods by Erich von Daniken, Bhagavad Gita, etc.  These Christmyth movies, carols, and books appeal to atheists, agnostics, or religious people who aren’t Christian.

Christmyth celebrations could be environmentally friendly, animal friendly, and healthy unlike Christmas celebrations.  Instead of turkey and eggnog, Christmyth celebrations could include plant-based foods and drinks.  Christmyth celebrations could go without real or artificial Christmas trees.  Presents could be opened right away instead of wrapping them in decorative paper for opening on the morning of December 25.

Christmyth activities could include secularism activism such as, depending on the location, emailing politicians to demand an end to government funding of religious schools, prayer recitations at government events, and other government promotion of Christianity.

For Christmyth, instead of Santa Claus, there could be a fictional character named Saint Claudia.  Instead of being a white male like Santa Claus, Saint Claudia could be female, multiracial, and disabled.  There are enough able white male role models in popular culture.  Making Saint Claudia multiracial would make children like people of different races and make it easier to find people to play Saint Claudia in countries around the world.  Making Saint Claudia disabled would make kids less likely to bully disabled people.  People with Asperger’s syndrome are frequently targeted with cyberbullying.  Saint Claudia could have Asperger’s syndrome so children are less likely to bully people with Asperger’s syndrome.

Instead of living at the North Pole like Santa Claus, Saint Claudia could live at the South Pole.  Instead of being assisted by elves like Santa Claus, Saint Claudia could be assisted by dwarves.  Instead of being transported by reindeer, Saint Claudia could be teleported by the dwarves into people’s homes to deliver presents.  Instead of leaving milk and cookies for Santa Claus, kids could leave Saint Claudia a healthy salad.  Santa Claus frequently says, “Ho ho ho!  Merry Christmas!”  Saint Claudia could say, “Ha ha ha!  Merry Christmyth!”

Many Christmas carols could be adapted for Christmyth by changing the word Christmas in the lyrics to Christmyth and changing the name Santa Claus in the lyrics to Saint Claudia.

Festivus on December 23 is another alternative to Christmas that was first seen in an episode of the T.V. series Seinfeld. Festivus celebrations were entertaining to watch in a comedy show, but the airing of grievances, wrestling match, and aluminum pole won’t appeal to most families.  Festivus doesn’t have celebrations for kids and movies.  Also, many people need to work on December 23.  Christmyth celebrations on December 25 would be more appealing to most people, particularly children.

Christmas is often abbreviated as Xmas. Christmyth can be abbreviated as Xmyth. Happy Xmyth!

Ashu M. G. Solo is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary researcher and developer, electrical engineer, computer engineer, intelligent systems engineer, political and public policy engineer, mathematician, public policy analyst, writer, research book editor, engineering and math instructor, entrepreneur, former infantry officer, corruption whistleblower, former political operative, progressive activist, and mixed combative arts fighter.  Solo has over 875 reviewed publications.  He was educated in electrical engineering, computer engineering, intelligent systems engineering, mathematics, physics, aerospace engineering, nutrition, exercise science, economics, entrepreneurship, and other fields by University of Waterloo, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, Cornell University, Open University, University of Colorado Boulder, Carleton University, University of Saskatchewan, etc.  Solo can be reached at amgsolo@mavericktrailblazers.com.

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