A New Spin on “More Christ”

In: Mish-mash, Mom's Oracles, Red Said

To My Dear Friend Derrick J,

With the aroma of savory foods wafting from my kitchen, infused with the scent of pine-needled, Christmas decorations, I found myself thinking of you this morning. If you were here, we would be having so much fun cooking, sprucing, baking, singing, and dancing together while we make everything pretty. My thoughts were interrupted by Aziza who read aloud a Facebook post of yours declaring your distaste for all things “Christmas”. Since I know how much you love a grand soiree, I am convinced your disdain is for the overwhelming reminder that you are an atheist living in a Judeo-Christian stronghold. Please allow me to dispel a few notions and focus on what we know to be true.

Let’s cast aside the fact that neither can you prove that God does not exist nor can I prove that He does. For to make my points, it is not necessary to consider God or the Christ but rather the man, Jesus, about whom there are countless historical references and who, for all intents and purposes, is “the reason for the season”.

What we know for certain about Jesus, the man, is that he was crucified for the treasonous act of denying the divinity of Caesar- you know the guy who Jesus refused to exact taxes for from his disciples…For that reason alone, he deserves respect. He said “No” exercising his humanity, refusing to bow even to the point of death. But he didn’t just die. He was beaten, scorned, laughed at, spit upon, forced to carry the weapon which would kill him, and still, there is not one account of him retaliating verbally or physically nor attempting to blame anyone, demonstrating fierce manliness and a refusal to be a victim. Bravo, he is at least a god of a man!

Could you or I do that, my sweet friend? I would like to think that my principles are the essence of my being and therefore intrinsically woven in a way that I would cease to exist without them. However, I really do not want to ever be challenged to that degree. You have certainly been confronted by the State and know firsthand the hate and thievery that comprises it. Like him, you were accused unjustly. And that sucks!

So what did this man say that was so horrible to cause the religious leaders and statists to murder him? Well lotsa stuff. But what I find to be universally applicable and certainly a threat to those who would promulgate the need for force are the Two Laws he claimed summed up all the rest: Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength; love your neighbor as yourself. I claim that these laws sufficiently and universally apply to all. For those who believe in God, great, you’ve heard it before. But for you, darling, if there is no God, then that means that You are the most all-knowing, all-powerful being of YOUR life in which case, yes, loving yourself perfectly is your job and then…see law #2. And YOU know why this is such a threat: Love conquers fear and without fear, darkness has no power to control. Love is the answer to all of the interesting questions.

As you stroll about catching a tune from a Christmas carol, remember what you share in common with the man for whom it was written- a fierce and determined love of humanity and an unwillingness to bow to the State as your God. Also, it is not Jesus, the Christ, or even Christians who you are angry with but rather the statists, in collusion with the corporatists, who use the memorial of the event to control the masses- you know, the ones we are trying to free.

I have mad love for you!

Forever Your Flame Dame,


Happy Poinsettia Day!

In: Rad Red

Indeed, December 12th is the day of the Poinsettia. Who knew? Here is a little history on how the plant came to be here in the United States, although indigenous to Mexico. “Joel Roberts Poinsett was the first United States Ambassador to Mexico being appointed by President John Quincy Adams in the 1820’s. At the time of his appointment, Mexico was involved in a civil war. Because of his interest in botany he introduced the American elm into Mexico. During his stay in Mexico he wandered the countryside looking for new plant species. In 1828 he found a beautiful shrub with large red flowers growing next to a road. He took cuttings from the plant and brought them back to his greenhouse in South Carolina. Even though Poinsett had an outstanding career as a United States Congressman and as an ambassador he will always be remembered for introducing the poinsettia into the United States.” (Some website…)

And for those who are looking for the ultimate Christmas flower, the Ecke Family is credited with being the largest grower in the country, and I can personally attest to the brilliance of the gorgeous plants grown by the southern California family. They are spectacular and if cared for properly will last way past Christmas. I have kept one alive and thriving for several years myself. Red, white, pink are only three of the most popular colors but they come in quite the assortment of varied shades. I naturally prefer red!

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Why Christmas Red?

In: Rad Red

Pungent fir wreaths, boughs of holly, intensely-colored poinsettias, spiral-striped, candy canes, and Christmas trees with apple-colored, decorative balls have all been part of my Christmas experience. I have often wondered why, but until now have not known the purpose of the use of red and green. I must say that I am amazed that the tradition was not taught to me, particularly since I was raised Catholic.

The Christmas tree decorated with red and white round balls apparently has nothing to do with the birth of Christ. Eastern Christians are said to have revered Adam and Eve as saints on December 24th as early as 1000 AD. Though the Catholic church did not embrace them as saints, Medieval Christians maintained the tradition, imparting the knowledge of the mystery story to illiterate believers through a reenactment that came to be known as the Paradise Play. An evergreen was used to symbolize the two trees in the Garden of Eden with red apples and white wafers being hung upon it to symbolize the fall of man and his redemption through the body of Christ. So, yes, there is Scriptural meaning, but not in regard to the birth of Jesus but rather His death and resurrection.

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