1. notleia says:

    You know what the problem is? Christmas is too Saturnalian! Any self-respecting person knows the superior pagan holiday is Bacchanalia. Yes, a Mardi-Gras atmosphere is nice and a reversal of social order is often healthy for a strictly regimented society, but it lacks the je ne sais quoi of drunken frenzies and secret rituals that may or may not include tearing men to pieces with bare hands. (The Matriarchy prefers to keep all secret rituals in plausible deniability because, you know, SECRET rituals.)

    • Audie says:

      I’m more of a Festivus guy myself. Not so great at feats of strength anymore, but I’ve made up for that by mastering the art of airing grievances.

  2. Tim W Brown says:

    Well said! The fact that a symbol – or an item used as a symbol – can be used to mean different things to different people (let alone in different times and places) says little or nothing about the truth or falsity of those meanings. Also, close to the root of the ‘magic’ of Christmas is the power of the Gospel to transform that which is or was mundane into a reflection of God’s glory. I believe that power applies to stories and days as well as people.

    For what it’s worth, Touchstone magazine ran a nice little article on the dating and development of Christmas as distinct from pagan practices: http://www.touchstonemag.com/archives/article.php?id=16-10-012-v

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