Last night Wolf and I sat down and watched What Would Jesus Buy? a documentary about Revered Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping. It wasn’t the best documentary I’ve seen but I did enjoy the singing. How did Rev. Billy and his wife come to this belief system? How did the choir members come to believe and preach what they do? That’s what I like to see in documentaries so because this film didn’t have those back stories I was a little disappointed. Overall however I think it was a very good film and give it a 6.5. I highly recommend you all see it, especially if you celebrate Christmas.
The Disney font really killed me. I think it was the best part of the film to be honest. Oh, and the songs were spot on. The scene where the Church is in Disneyland is just wonderful and priceless. Here is a company dedicated to creating small town America yet everything in the small town is made in China. And oh yea, the First Amendment doesn’t apply inside Disneyland.
Now anyone who’s been reading me for a while knows I don’t celebrate Christmas. I used to despite not being Christian but after years of bad experiences with those who are Christian I stopped participating in a holiday which went against my religious, social, and enviromental values. I’m always amused when people ask me why I don’t celebrate Christmas. It seems to be such a foreign idea there are non-Christians in the US. The general prevailing idea is I should just to conform to everyone else but I’m not one to conform for conformity sake so I decline for which I’ve been ridiculed and insulted. I wonder if Hindus, Jews, Muslims, and Buddhists are treated as poorly as I am around Christmas because they don’t celebrate. When people say to me “you should celebrate anyways” my response is generally “You should celebrate Hanukkah anyways.” Usually I get funny looks.
Thing is, even when I did (sorta) believe in Christianity I hated the falsity of the Christmas season. I can’t tell you how liberating it is now that I don’t buy into the whole nonsense of it all. I’ll admit I was one of those who went completely overboard when it came to buying gifts. Wolf and I watch our friends go crazy at Capitalmas (that’s what I call it) trying to buy their kids love. They get all stressed out and start fighting with each other — and their kids! — trying to have the perfect holiday and spending oodles of money on cheap (or not so cheap) plastic crap their kids will use once. They don’t create the day they want because of the tension surrounding the day.
What’s wrong with having a small, simple Christmas and celebrating the birth of Christ? Why all the gifts? The most touching moment in the movie is hearing the “elderly” talk about the apples and oranges they got for Christmas and joyful it was for them to receive these simple gifts from their parents. But it seems the elderly were the ones who didn’t want to be seen as poor any longer so they went overboard with their kids who went overboard with their kids, and so on. I guess keeping up with the Joneses is more important than creating a day filled with simple love and worship of a god.
Last night as the movie was ending I asked Wolf what his favorite Capitalmas memory is. He thought about it and said “I don’t have one.” Neither do I. Capitalmas was not a time of cheer or joy it was a time of frustration, fear, and anxiety. It’s not something Wolf and I want to recreate in our home. Reverend Billy asks you to spend half of what you spent on Capitalmas this year than you did last year. Wolf and I will honor Reverend Billy’s request. We spent zero dollars last year so that means we’ll spend half of zero which is … zero. Right?