Quote of the Day “Ralphie as Adult: [chuckling] Ho, ho, but no matter. Christmas was on its way. Lovely, glorious, beautiful Christmas, upon which the entire kid year revolved. —A Christmas Story
TB is an unabashed fan of Christmastime, the whole period, from the preseason of “Third Week” and Thanksgiving, to the regular season of December 1-20, to the playoff period of December 21-24 and of course the Super Bowl of pagan-religious holidays, Christmas Day. I appreciate the religious significance of the season but I revel in the materialistic, secular side of it which I view as the natural extension of the pagan celebrations it was merged with centuries ago. I also love to thumb my nose at those who would impose their personal notions of Christianity on others–TB is opposed to authoritarians and dogmatists of all sorts.
The ancient customs of Christmastime are ingrained in us all. I believe its one of the main reasons a communistic/atheism imposing government can never sustain itself long term in western culture. The people would rebel because we are instinctively compelled to feast, congregate, and spend our excess earnings on gifts at this time of year, to say nothing of spending a few days away from the salt mines. The pleasure in receiving gifts is also ingrained though many of us try to deny it. Everything may be junk on December 26, but on the feast day, a singing fish or a bathroom trivia book or a pair of socks are treasure. Ok, maybe not the socks. My point is we should dispense with guilt over the baser aspects of our nature for a month. We have survived another year. It is cause to celebrate. So in the midst of all the solemnity, spirituality, and charity that is the “reason for the season”, let’s not overlook the need to pay homage to that part of our DNA that remembers the fear and hunger of mid-winter, the hope of longer days to come, and the joy of, as Ralphie said of Christmas morning, “plung(ing) into the cornucopia quivering with desire and the ecstasy of unbridled avarice.”