I just got finished reading the "Fuck Christmas, we aren't having it this year" article over on k5. Some of the points are well taken, and in fact within my own immediate family we decided to have a one-year hiatus on gifts, mainly because we couldn't think of anything to give each other. I was most interested, however, in the "we're not judging anyone who does celebrate Christmas" statement near the end of the article.
Jim Rome has said on multiple occasions that "anytime you hear the phrase 'no offense', you can be sure of one thing: somebody's about to be offended." I've heard many variations on the "I'm not judging you for not X" theme over the years, and I understand that the person saying it means it well, but it wears thin. The fact remains that if you take a position of "I don't drink", "I don't eat meat", "I believe in God", "I don't celebrate Christmas", etc., unless you explain why that position only applies to you (e.g. "I don't drink because of a history of alcoholism in my family"), it's impossible for another person not to feel judged. If you believe X is right, then you must believe that !X is wrong.
I hope that all of you reading this are someplace warm (or cool, as your preference dictates) with people that you love (even if it's just yourself) and that you have time to relax and enjoy. In other words, Merry Christmas.
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