Our Shafted Christmas.
For all you holiday Shaft fans, we got a full weekend of wicked Christmas fun with the Our Shafted Christmas weekend featuring Shaft friends Rachel Gaither and the ever affable howie&scott. Each group will be debuted a brand new Christmas song written just for the event as a sort of Central Nebraska songwriting challenge that I am sincerely looking forward to the results of.
A series of emails in relation to the upcoming 6-7 December events lead me to the inevitable contemplation of the natural conflict of participating in a Christmas event as an atheist. As anyone will tell you (and as reflected in my music) I am a very staunchly secular non-believer and generally hold any religious event with much disdain. However, with Christmas this is one of the few times where a good combination of paganism and commercialization come together to allow me to just have some fun without worrying about moral implications of such an event. The actual background of Christmas as a holiday is such a bastardization of completely arbitrary early Church doctrine and leftover Greco-Roman pagan beliefs that the actual history of Christmas lends itself to less a Christian holiday and more of a interfaith conglomeration in the form of a festival. Additionally, the fact that Christmas is so commercialized in American culture makes the religious significance of the day of little consequence. And, ultimately, the food’s good, the music’s good, and it’s a great excuse to treat each other like actual human beings. Everyone is their best during Christmas, and I don’t see how any rational human being would not want to participate in that. It’s in that that I maintain my massive Christmas music collection will little guilt and that I put on a set of Christmas shows with a clear conscience.
I just want everyone to be happy. And, at least during the Christmas season, we all get a shot at making that happen.