The current brougha over the color of coffee cups is interesting commentary today. Starbuckl’s chose a red cup with their logo in green for the “holiday season”, which set off a few ultra-christian commentators. Apparently, those folks don’t have much to do, maybe too much time on their hands. Their claim that red and green colors belong only to the Christian holiday of Christmas is pretty weak, as so far as I can determine, no one owns those colors.
A little research on Wikipedia gives interesting info on the celebration we call Christmas. It is a conglomeration of various seasonal celebrations going back long before Christianity was formed, and practiced as a pagan ritual for western Europe for many centuries. The green tree was prominent in Germany in celebration of the renewal of life at the winter solstice. As was the burning of candles to celebrate the return of day light.
Gift giving was a major part, but only a part, of the Roman celebration of Saturnalia, held about the end of December, including toasts and drunken revelery. We adopted those traditions in our celebrations. We also adopted the tradition of Father Christmas, Santa Clause, or one of his other monikers. The early Catholic Church wanted to include, sometimes by force, those pagans who worshiped trees and nature, so including the Winter Solstice celebrations made sense. Converting them was a lot easier if they could keep their most treasured holiday celebrations.
Our favorite present day traditions actually come from the mid 1800’s. Charles Dickens wrote “A Christmas Carol” in 1843, and it after the publication of that story that our present day Christmas traditions came into favor. Most of the things we treasure today about the Christmas holidays were created by Dickens.
So it is with amusement, and some irritation that a few so-called “Christians” are outraged by the use of the colors red and green for decorations on a disposable coffee cup. Seems a bit silly when you know the origins of the holiday. I guess some are always looking for something to be angered about. Just think what they would cry if Starbuck’s had chosen a rainbow for the season. Whooee. That would be awesome.
Anyway, Happy Holidays, folks.