posted on Nov, 29 2014 @ 01:28 AM
As a child I remember being driven around "Peacock Lane" by my parents, "Peacock Lane" being a street in a ritzy neighborhood that puts up fancy
light shows every Christmas. Total cost at the time for us would be whatever gas was to drive there and back, as it was free to go. Total return was
happy children, and time spent together with family.
I also remember my parents putting up lights, and I enjoyed helping them and seeing the house lit-up afterward. Total cost was time spent untangling
lights (you know, you can keep those lights for a long long time if you aren't lazy) and whatever a few hours of running the lights at night would
cost (not much) Total return was, again, happy children and time spent together with family.
Not once do I recall anything about religion being talked about, nothing focused on purchasing things or spending money. You are correct that religion
is a control mechanism, and avoiding something because of it's association by some with religion is also being controlled by it.
Things are what YOU make them, allowing others to dictate what something means to you means you are still under their control.
To me, Christmas season means one of the few times a year I get together with my whole family. It means people being happy, good food and good drink.
I don't care what Christmas means to you, or what it means to corporations or religious people.
To me, the worst part of the Christmas season are the people who think they are being radical and individual by being a grinch. If you really want to
break free from the control of religion and corporations stop allowing them to dictate what things mean to YOU.