When asked about what she thought of the celebration of Christmas, Ayn Rand wrote:
Yes, of course. A national holiday, in this country, cannot have an exclusively religious meaning. The secular meaning of the Christmas holiday is wider than the tenets of any particular religion: it is good will toward men—a frame of mind which is not the exclusive property (though it is supposed to be part, but is a largely unobserved part) of the Christian religion.
The charming aspect of Christmas is the fact that it expresses good will in a cheerful, happy, benevolent, non-sacrificial way. One says: “Merry Christmas”—not “Weep and Repent.” And the good will is expressed in a material, earthly form—by giving presents to one’s friends, or by sending them cards in token of remembrance . . . .
The best aspect of Christmas is the aspect usually decried by the mystics: the fact that Christmas has been commercialized. The gift-buying . . . stimulates an enormous outpouring of ingenuity in the creation of products devoted to a single purpose: to give men pleasure. And the street decorations put up by department stores and other institutions—the Christmas trees, the winking lights, the glittering colors—provide the city with a spectacular display, which only “commercial greed” could afford to give us. One would have to be terribly depressed to resist the wonderful gaiety of that spectacle.
Precisely speaking, Christmas represented some of the Objectivist virtues: integrity by giving those you love presents and productivity for those retail workers. Like most holidays, they are meant to be commercial as they are a celebration of living on this planet, namely the celebration of our existence. But Christmas, like most of the good parts of a civilized society, is under attack.
The collectivists from all sides want to see Christmas eliminated, along with most of the happiest days in a year for various reasons. Multiculturalists think that it is RACIST to celebrate Christmas because ONLY Caucasians celebrate it (which is not true, if one ventures outside of their bubbles to other countries). Religious conservatives think that Christmas distract people from celebrating the birth of Christ and it’s pagan, so it shouldn’t be celebrated. Mohammetans use it to drive trucks of peace over people and blow people up, because people would congregate to celebrate the festive season, making it a perfect opportunity to kill as many infidels as possible. They’ve driven the Christmas markets in Europe to the ground. Socialists are offended by the “consumerism” because, well, they must resist Capitalism by tweeting on their iphone while sipping starbucks Christmas drinks. Environmentalists are offended by the Christmas ham and turkey (it happens to pretty much every holiday). Feminists are concerned with the gender of the toys the children would be receiving.
At the same time, “holidays” about being hating our existence are increasingly gaining prominence and recognition for varous reasons. The socialist Labour Day to destroy productivity is observed in every country; Ramandan somehow symbolises progressivism despite being a relic of poverty and hunger. UN was behind most of these corrupt, life-hating “International Days”, such as “World Day of Social Justice”, “International Mother Language Day”, “International Women’s Day”, “International Mother Earth Day”, “World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development”, “World Fair Trade Day”, “World Refugee Day”, “International Day of Yoga”, “World Population Day”, “Nelson Mandela International Day”, “International Day of the World’s Indigenous People”, “International Day of Democracy”, “International Human Solidarity Day”, “International Migrants Day”.
I never thought I would have to say this, but we MUST wish everyone “Merry Christmas” and give presents to your loved ones, do not let the collectivists destroy yet another good thing in our lives.