Christmas OR ELSE.

Merry Christmas, minions, and I hope it was a good one. Or, you know, a good whatever other holiday you might celebrate, which makes me remember all the *ahem* certain other people who for some reason have a conniption fit when you fail to acknowledge Christmas as the one and only holiday of December and say something like Happy Holidays. Or even Xmas.

So it gets me thinking…usually when there’s a villain and a holiday, the villain wants to steal it or something. Of course, there are the times when they celebrate it, even in their own weird and twisted way

But…well with how often you have the evil religion, secretly or otherwise, as a trope, and considering the history of Christmas – you know, annexing a pagan holiday for an event that probably actually happened in the Spring, just like Christians annexed a different pagan holiday for Easter – isn’t it a bit odd you don’t usually see villains forcing people to celebrate a holiday? Perhaps only one holiday, in place of another, like, say, the other winter holidays that coincide with Christmas?

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If you can ban worship of a particular god for whatever reason – like the empire bans worship of Talos in Skyrim – then you can force worship, too, including via holiday.

Of course, this would only be appropriate for a specific brand of villain, but when you’re writing an overlord, who usually just oppresses and stifles belief, maybe a holiday celebrating how great he is might be worth consideration.

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About Rii the Wordsmith

An aspiring author, artist, avid consumer of storytelling medium, gamer, psychologist (insomuch as one with her bachelor's is a psychologist), wife, mother, DM, Christian, a friend to many, and, most importantly, an evil overlord.
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2 Responses to Christmas OR ELSE.

  1. Pel says:

    Pretty sure they do that some in Avatar TLA. And it works, too- give the masses a reason to make a lot of noise and have a lot of fun and the propaganda behind the holiday just blends in to the general excitement.
    And yes, we had a great Christmas. Even though it feels weird talking about it in this context.

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