The New Kid in the Audience: A Holiday Confessional

Hi, my name is Scott and I’m a Christmas-aholic. It has been two hours since I last listened to Nat King Cole sing “The Christmas Song.”

I love this season.

I always have.

I look forward to putting up the tree and buying presents (many times I have been known to do this in September and October… the presents, not the tree).

I love the stories that come up each year.  A Christmas Carol is in my opinion one of the few perfect works in literature (Right up there with Pride and Prejudice).

Even one of my first fiction creations was a screenplay of an original holiday story. I won’t go into details here about what the script was about but it did NOT include someone like Tim Allen as Santa or some wayward child discovering the meaning of the holiday. C’mon! I’m cooler than that!

I love the music… Well, the classics, let’s be honest a lot of it that is released each year is rubbish. I always put new Christmas music into three categories:

  1. The dying attempt of an artist trying to prove to a record company that they can still turn a profit.
  2. Those cashing in on a moment’s flitting popularity (Yes, GLEE cast I am looking at you!).
  3. Those that actually give a damn on doing something unique with the songs.


And did I mention my wedding anniversary is a few days before Christmas?

So, while I don’t have inflatable Christmas characters waving to people from my lawn, it can be said that they are there in my heart. Which brings me to the problem– I’m not a Christian.

I know, I know, I use the excuse too that Jesus was actually born in the Spring and his birth was moved to December for a popular Roman holiday. And a lot of the traditions around Christmas (trees, candles, etc.) are not Christian, and there is the importance of the winter solstice; but I can’t hide from the fact at its center it’s a religious holiday for many.

Every year I grapple with this issue, wondering if I am being a hypocrite or I am trying to recreate an energy or feeling I felt from back when I did believe in something as a child. And to an entirely new level, I have to think of my kids and what I am giving them around this holiday. Most of the focus in the household has been on Santa, but it doesn’t change the fact that someday one of them is going to ask about the religious aspect of it.

Yes, someday, in the future, while watching A Charlie Brown Christmas one of them is going to ask what Linus is talking about.

And I’m going to need an answer. I need to be that person we don’t see in the cartoon who stands up with hand raised and says:

Excuse me Linus, may I interrupt?… Lights please… There, thank you. Oh, hi Snoopy! I’m a big fan… Anyway, Linus, kids. There are many religions that celebrate around this time of the year. We can’t forget about them. Historically, this point in the year has always meant something for communities and families. Why can’t we all just focus on something we can all agree on? Not divide by saying this is our holiday and this is its meaning so there. This is my recommendation–What matters the most in this world, what makes things bearable in even the worst times, is friends and families. So let’s use this time to celebrate the people that mean something to us, give them a present and a hug, thank them for simply being them. That’s what I think the season should be all about Charlie Brown…. And by the way, Charlie… it is really a crappy tree. Come by my house later and I’ll show you how to do it right.

An early version of this editorial was originally posted on Green Spot Blue. It can also be found on their site here.

If you liked reading the editorial, why not check out some of my published books? I had two novels published in the last few years, My Problem With Doors and Megan. You can find them via my author page here, or as an eBook on Google eBooks here.  My new book, A Jane Austen Daydream will be released in December. Thanks for reading!

10 thoughts on “The New Kid in the Audience: A Holiday Confessional

  1. It warms my little Christian heart to see people who aren’t religious celebrating Christmas (I’m a Christmas-a-holic too). It is a religious holiday, yes, but the kindness, spirit of giving and spreading of joy is something to be celebrated universally. I wish every day could be christmas- full of whimsy and love and joy.

  2. Many great points, Scott. While Christmas may have religious origins (both Christian and otherwise) there is no denying that it is also a very important secular celebration. Is there rampant consumerism? Yes, but so what! There is also a rampant sense of goodwill and joy. This time of year is amazing.

  3. With havin so much content do you ever run into any problems of plagorism or copyright violation?
    My site has a lot of exclusive content I’ve either written myself or outsourced but it seems a lot of it is popping it up all over the web without my permission. Do you know any techniques to help protect against content from being ripped off? I’d genuinely appreciate it.

    • Technically WordPress protects me. However, I have set up a Google Search on my name so I can find it when it happens. And I have my message on the bottom of every page.

      In today’s world, unfortunately it is going to happen. Just share on your blog what you feel comfortable sharing, is my advice.


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