- Paperback: 244 pages
- Publisher: Prometheus Books (March 1, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0879758481
- ISBN-13: 978-0879758486
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,691,252 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Trouble with Christmas Paperback – March 1, 1992
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The book is even better in presenting the argument against the holiday and describing the "Trouble With Christmas." He demoans the arrogance of adopting a holiday of one religion as a secular holiday in a country that is home to people who have many different religions.
Last week when I was watching television I saw the ad the Hallmark Company ran urging people to buy their Christmas tree ornaments. And as I write this review the middle of August has not even come so I know the Christmas season will be in full swing soon. I suggest to others that indeed it is not too early to start preparing for the Christmas season by getting this book.
The author presents a good case for having a Christmas free end of the year.
Plus, he is sympathetic to those who may not be of Christian origin and asks his reader to consider what it must be like for say, a Jew or a Muslim or an atheist, to have to endure another's holiday and to have to endure scorn and negativity from those (probably like the previous reviewer) who cannot understand why everyone just doesn't celebrate Christmas too.
Flynn reminds us that our egotistical view of the holiday -- that it "our" Christmas was the way it always was -- is a myth. In just a blip of history ago, Christmas was a holy day and a humbler day. I long for a return in that direction, and Flynn's book refreshes my overview of the holiday. It consoles me that much of it is hogwash and that I oughtn't feel to glum about feeling glum about it.
Next, we learn about where the story of Santa and Rudolph originated. He gives many references, most of them quite old, of psychologists and others who believe telling your children there's a Santa Claus is lying to children and not moral. The last segment of the book deals with how we should face Christmas today. I sincerely agree with his stance on keeping Christmas and all religious symbols out of public schools. Keeping trees, red bows, stockings, and other such paraphernalia in schools is a silent endorsement of Christianity, and this is inappropriate. I also think that the government and major corporations giving employees these days off is a silent endorsement of Christianity and should cease.
Flynn goes to work on Christmas and treats it as any other day, and I really admire him for doing this. He encourages other freethinkers to do this as well, and no doubt many more should. In the real world, however, many of us can't do this. Clients would be offended, even though we all know they shouldn't care whether or not a business they patronize doesn't believe a baby with magical powers was born on exactly the same day the Sun God was purportedly born. Mr. Flynn works for an atheist publication; his job by its very nature will not be in jeopardy because he doesn't buy in to silly superstitions.
I think we should, as in many instances, follow Richard Dawkins.Read more ›
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I read this book a few years ago and couldn't agree more with the author. The first issue which I always had with it is simple: we teach children it's OK to lie. Read morePublished 2 months ago by sansay
While I disagree with the central premise, that non believers should in effect boycott Christmas ( My attitude is wonderfully expressed in Tim Minchins song "White Wine in the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by M. W. Helwig
Oh the places you'll go. Christmas celebrations (the modern version) are nothing like the originals from the 1600-1800's. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Bruce R. Martin Jr.
Tom Flynn is Executive Director of the Council for Secular Humanism; he has also written the novels Nothing Sacred: A Novel and Galactic Rapture. Read morePublished on November 28, 2012 by Steven H Propp
I really disliked this book, because Tom Flynn, who professes to be an atheist/secular/humanist, uses the veneer of other American religious affiliations (Islam, Judaism,... Read morePublished on April 2, 2010 by Ptolemy
This is a wonderful book written from an atheistic point of view for Scrooges everywhere.It examines the roots of the holiday,how it came to be(quite recent by historical... Read morePublished on March 20, 2009 by Richard Dicanio
Tom Flynn's collection of historical tidbits makes this a fascinating read. Unfortunately, he has an axe to grind and he sharpens it through a considerable portion of the book. Read morePublished on November 12, 2008 by John Sudds Jr.