It’s not God. It’s not Jesus. It’s Money.
And that’s not a horrific thing. It’s an annoying thing if, like me, you dislike crowds and don’t particularly participate in Christmas.
But this is the season that feeds the Western Economy. Indeed, because of globalisation, it feeds the world economy. It’s the engine of spending that employs most of us in one way or another.
I find this idea that there is a war on Christmas amusing. The strongest power in the world is firmly entrenched in the idea of Christmas. The power of money. Christmas isn’t going anywhere.
Even today, most Christians have melded the holiness of the day with decorating, buying, cooking and commenting on people who say Happy Holidays instead of Merry Christmas.
But, sadly for those who still think it’s about religion, Money is all about leveraging for more money. And so it’s inclusive. It wants there to a gift giving Hanukkah and it wants Kwanza to be about gifts as well.
Mark my word – it wants Mawlid to be about gift giving too. Someone, somewhere is working on a way to change a festival for Mohammed’s Birthday into a retail bonanza. Christmas used to be a festival holiday too. Now it’s a season of shopping.
AND I bet if they pull it off, the division between Muslims who celebrate Mawlid and those who don’t will disappear. Because big business always trumps religion. ESPECIALLY if it can somehow leverage religion into it’s drumbeat.
100 years from now imagine the incredible booming economy that would exist if we could add in a gift exchange for 2 billion Muslims! Imagine if you gave it a nice unique set of colors and symbols that they would display each year, creating entire industries out of decorating for the holiday. Almost everyone benefits when the economy is booming.