Holy Day to Holiday:
AN ONGOING CHRONICLE
by Pauly Fongemie, Web Master
It has been a steady, disturbing trend for
quite some time now. It began as a subtle shift in the media-cultural
a trickle of molten sulfur that bubbled up from the depths of that
place, hardly unnoticed by the many, including too many Catholics,
it is now a miasma of profanation, even blasphemy of sorts. Used to
roasted slowly by its ever-intensifying heat, the populace no longer
to notice that their Christmas goose has been cooked. We are stewing in
our own perfidy. And the American bishops, with the exception of one,
utter nary a protest, as of the year 2006.
What? you may say. What are you talking about,
what blasphemous stew, what profanation?
To see how Christ's Holy Day [holiday
comes from Holy Day] has been profaned and hijacked, let us take a
gander down memory lane, otherwise known in media land as "the Holiday
First, let us put some perspective on our
tour of "the Season."
It starts around the end of August, just in
time for the Labor Day weekend. Commercials, programs with Labor Day
specials, newscasts, newspaper ads, etc., all proclaim the coming
holiday, but instead
of saying "the Holiday" without any adjective, "Labor Day" is roundly
and hailed for all to bask in its patriotic glow. You know the holiday
is Labor Day with absolute certainty. And proclaiming it as such
is almost unnecessary because it is the only festival around that time,
so the media is stating the obvious, you could say. And nothing is
here, in fact it is quite right! So why mention this? Ah, I am setting
the stage for that perspective mentioned above.
Now it is autumn and as September
October, why wouldn't you just know it, another holiday is on the
Only this time there is not one but a cluster. October features
Day and that now biggest selling, biggest growing so-called holiday,
Halloween, the pagan gala. However, instead of saying the "October
both Columbus Day and the Wiccan celebration are acclaimed separately.
course, thanks to political correctness, the outright hatred of
even remotely suggesting Christianity, and the deliberate falsifying of
history, Columbus Day is headed for the dump heap of history. But for
it is still a convenient holiday enough to use for the elite's
own purposes [camouflage to deflect from the intended all-out war being
waged? or concentration on other weapons in the war against
Christendom?]. So "they" let us "keep" Christopher Columbus a little
until it becomes "safe" to get rid of the future Saint's Day.
Oh no, you won't catch the cultural
lumping Columbus and Halloween together as one big "Season," thanks be
to God, but do not let them know, for this, too, could evaporate, on
the other hand, probably not, for
you see, is just too important to have to share the spotlight. Yet,
is the reality of a cluster, a small one, but still a cluster,
for a short "season." Ah, you say, I see what you mean by perspective,
its shape is by now becoming quite visible.
And again in November another cluster: Veterans'
Day and Thanksgiving, which some in the media tout as more popular than
Christmas. Now you begin to hear much chatter about the upcoming
the "Holiday Season." But as before, the two are scarcely intertwined
instead are placed on separate pedestals. And once more, no one is in
doubt about the holidays being promoted. Thanksgiving, a secular
is unambiguously proclaimed as Thanksgiving. Oh, occasionally a
media talking head might say "holiday," but almost always, it is
as in "Thanksgiving holiday." I mean, what secularist or materialist
possibly object to being thankful? And they can count on us Catholics
up our little pilgrim centerpieces to celebrate unwittingly the
anti-Catholicism of that long-ago sect's prejudice. If the Pilgrims had
been anti-anyone else, do you honestly believe, even with all the
value of Thanksgiving, that we would still be celebrating it? Even if
had nothing to do with anti-Catholicism unlike the Pilgrims' ideas
Christmas and even though Thanksgiving as an official national holiday
began with President Lincoln? If you do, contact me, I have some
good land reclassified as "wetlands" by the ecocrats that I need to
In 2002 A.D., the Moslem Ramadan was included
in the above cluster, to bomb or not to bomb, etc.
In the year of our Lord, 2006, a September promotion for
decorative items featured a product for Halloween, a matching one for
Thanksgiving, and a dissimilar one for some undefined "holiday." The
matching set for the first two featured symbols that clearly said pagan
ghouls and a Turkey feast. The third, was festooned with snowflakes. I
do not know what holiday has snow as its main hallmark, unless it is
that other pagan celebration, Winter Solstice, I suppose. But the
promoter did not say what he meant, so he of course could have meant
Christmas. Each year it is getting more difficult than the last to drum
a plausible excuse for this snub of Jesus Christ, our King and Savior.
The snowflakes would have been a sweet, soft addition, if there were at
least the Star of Bethlehem, the Lion and Lamb, almost anything of a
Scriptural reference but, of course, it was most definitely
absent. In other words, every holiday but "Christ's Mass". The witches
and ghosts must be given full accord, but the Holy Ghost, the powers
that be forbid it! In early October, 2006, a fully religious Yom
Kippur banner was broadcast for those Jews observing it, no "Blessed
Holiday" citations, but "Yom Kippur", just so no one would be in doubt
what was being respected.
Now it is the end of November and "the
Season" has arrived. That is "the Holidays", or "the Holiday Season."
This cluster is larger, but since the principle, on the surface,
is clustering, size is immaterial. How do we know it is a cluster and
many holidays belong to it? Well the media elites tell us over and
Hanukkah, the newly created Black holiday of Kawanza, the "Holiday,"
[still referred to as Christmas when an odd cultural elite type forgets
the holy word slip out] and New Years' Day. No one ever misses
Why even the Arts and Entertainment Network [AE] and the like have
greeting banners extending a Happy Hanukkah, complete with religious
While there are no such same for the Black holiday, that ought to be a
reality within a few years, after all, it takes time to become
Even a non-Tradition has to establish credentials in a fast-food
society. [The year 2005 saw the debut of the Kwanza banner.] And
everyone says Happy New Year! But there is no Merry Christmas,
merely a generic holiday greeting from the AE and its cohorts. See
The biggest holiday of them all, is
and ever more rarely mentioned by its rightful, blessed name,
You hear "Winter Solstice" sometimes, but usually it is just called
Holiday." Of course our elites are pig-headed enough to think we can;'t
think at all, aware of what they are up to when the date, December 25
[Christmas throughout the world] is always referred to. Who is kidding
whom here? All government schools have a non-Christmas Christmas, if
believe it! You know, that pagan festival where we all put up a tree
lights and exhibit conspicuous consumerism. I mean, think about it: a
national holiday, the name of which it is verboten to say! It would be
if it were not so sad. So many non-Christian business moguls, many of
Jewish, counting on the Christmas Season for their bucks: The more we
and see Christmas as a buying spree, the more Christ is dismissed and
marginalized. I don't know that this was the original idea, but it
matters because Satan can use in a most special way those who do not
they are working for him. Recall when everyone said "Merry Christmas,"
now it is more often than not "Happy Holiday."
Probably the most blatant example of a media elite choking on
Christ's Holy Name is prolific on the Home and Garden network
[HGTV], which has lots of "Holiday Specials." A few of the hosts
Christmas, but they are in the minority. Repeatedly we hear, this and
for "the Holidays." You know they don't mean Hanukkah exactly, as
is always mentioned with the religious aspects heavily promoted.
and Stars of David are everywhere. You will have to use a microscope to
find a manger scene. Is the perspective clearer now?
You know they don't mean New Year's, or Kawanza
either, for the same reason. So, by process of elimination, when they
"the Holiday," they must mean Christ's Birthday. Sometimes they say
Holidays and intentionally cluster all the events, but listen closely.
Christmas as Christmas, traditionally known, loved and celebrated
is disappearing from the cultural milieu.
One host on HGTV had the arrogance to tell
her viewers about the Advent calendar, a strictly Christian custom. She
pooh-poohed the custom as no longer religious, saying, and I
"It used to have a religious significance, but that is no longer the
Or words close enough to use the quotes. Imagine this, now! Of course,
she failed to mention what that religious custom is, she was so busy in
promoting a secular Advent calendar, an oxymoron.
Well, they are doing the same thing with Christ's
Mass or Christmas, only the princes of Hell have to engineer the
endeavor more carefully because after all, Advent is not a national
but Christmas is and there are just enough true Christians left in
to cause a little ruckus for now. So the installment plan is being
Evil on the slow pay-as-you-go method is Satan's preferred modus
It is so clever.
One of the hosts on this network [in 2003]
started to say "Christmas" and caught herself just in the "Old Nick" of
much like some pundits start to say "unborn baby" and they catch
and say "fetus." As I mentioned, some of the hosts still say Christmas,
but they are not the majority. And even they use Christmas secularly
always. Hell forbids that the Manger, the Birth of Christ and the
this awesome Historical event ever be uttered or promoted by the elites
among us. No, we have Hanukkah for that. And Kawanza for that, a newly
created subset of Black culture which serves to overshadow Christ,
except when adopted for
use by a Black Christian family. The woman who was one of those
instrumental in promoting
the "tradition" of Kawanza did not speak of Christ in her explanation
an interview. The actual holiday was founded by a man, I believe.
No, don't look for too many mangers in Martha
Stewart's hallowed halls where expensive sugarplums dance in her head
garlands for the sophisticate adorn the multi-millionaire diva's many
No, the Holy Day of Christmas is just another holiday, a big one, but
another holiday and not a Holy Day, or at least if it is to these
vanguards of secularism,
it is a closely-guarded secret. And it can't be that they wish to keep
religion out of their presentations because they all do a big Hanukkah
show complete with the most important religious symbols, while seeming
to downplay their own religion, if they have one as traditionally
Now, there is nothing insidious about holly,
reindeer, garlands of lights, and all the other secular decorations
belong as much to the season of winter in northern temperate zones and
are also associated with Christmas, in of themselves. These cultural
are lovely. The objection is that they have come to symbolize the
of Christmas in our culture, thus excluding or marginalizing our Savior
and the Stable in Bethlehem:
Shepherds have been overtaken by snowmen.
The closest you will get to the manger [except for a two-second glimpse
once or twice] is the ubiquitous Angel, usually "cutsied" to death
as a parody of the real being. One host mentioned the religious
of the Holiday, and then said "Angels." Not one hint about Christ.
Christ there is no Christmas. Watch at your own peril and weep.
Whenever anyone says "Happy Holiday [or] Holidays"
to me, I always reply, "Holiday? What holiday?" It is interesting to
how few are able to be more specific. Well, a generic holiday greeting
is meaningless and impersonal, thus phony, just as phony as the "Peace"
wishes, as in "Peace on earth and good will to men," which is an
Biblical translation. The correct Scripture passage is "Peace
to men of good will." What a difference the interchange of a
That was last year [paragraph written in 2003]. This year [2004, 2005]
in with the same insult to Christ. There was a week of "Happy Hanukkah"
with religious symbol, the Menorah. A week later "Merry Christmas" was
nowhere to be found, just the impersonal "Happy Holiday." In
a big corporation banned their employees from greeting one another,
between only Christians, with "Merry Christmas." Christ is not
correct. The city of Las Vegas, Nevada permits the Hanukkah Menorah,
no Christmas religious symbols, only a tree, which is a cultural
but not the Christmas symbol as the Menorah is for Hanukkah.
Ironically, the big three networks, which
are supposed to be so liberal [and they are, of course] did what
appears to be their best to present Christian programming on Holy Eve.
Meanwhile in cableland the religious programming consisted of the usual
It's a Wonderful Life type films, which are fine, but two of the more
networks ran "documentaries on Christ and Christianity. I could only
one of these for less than a half hour: it was all I wanted to view:
virginity of Mary was put into doubt by a "scholar," who intimated that
the noun for "virgin" was the same as "young girl, or maiden" thus "we
really be certain Our Lady was a Virgin"; and from another: the Angels
Christmas Night were reduced to an imaginative addition by St. Luke who
adapted his Gospel account on "a couple of teenagers in the fields."
there's liberal, and then, there's liberal.
Fr. Richard McBrien and other assorted heretics and dissenters when
rational "non-denominational" scholars can plant doubts?
Since the original file was posted, December,
2001, the light of Christ in America has dimmed more and more. Now I
people comment on the above phenomenon with the same comments as I have
written here. In November of 2004 a Protestant said almost the same
things to me, along with e-mail comments from Catholics, etc.
It is now 2005 and there is a glimmer
of light in the winter darkness: a few evangelical Protestants are
fighting back and the Roman Pontiff has called us back to the real
meaning of Christmas [it has nothing to do with rushing around buying
gifts and doodads]. But most
Catholics [there are some very fine notable exceptions here and there],
who are supposed to be Christian soldiers, are AWOL or missing in
action or both ...
In 2005, FOX News---for once the good news is that
the cable channel---did a commenable job by including beautiful stain
glass Nativity scenes with Christmas in the text. The bad news is that
it also had secular "Christmas" or I ought to say, "Seasonal" messages,
which mar the awesome power, the unmatched reality of that long ago
Holiest of Nights, further marginalizing Christ without intending to.
people of note are now writing books on the matter, two of which which
were published in 2004 and 2005. One was for and the other against
Christmas as Christmas. The title of the anti book includes "Hijack"
but it refers to the pro-Christmas people doing the Hijacking, irony of
ironies, if a lie passes for truth. Perhaps the author also hijacked my
use of the word for the despoliation of the "Season" since I first used
it on the web in 2001. Perhaps it was just a coincidence. But since I
have written scathing comments about him in past columns, it is not
unknown for such persons to be apprised and do some personal reading of
their own, if you know what I mean.
Below are links to varius SOUND OFF columns relating to the war
Jesus Christ and the Holy Day celebrating His historic birth.
THE ANNUAL ACLU
BANISHMENT OF CHRIST
IN A HUMBLE MANGER