Saturday, December 23, 2006
'Tis the season to be syncretists.
Although it's trapped behind the TimesSelect firewall, Orlando Patterson's New York Times column today on the historical roots of Christmas in America is worth reading if you'd like a straightforward account of how the holiday has always been a mashup of pagan, Christian, and "secular" elements — and how Puritan opposition to the holiday kept Massachusetts kids at school and their parents at work on December 25 into the 1860s: "A holiday for us all" (12.23.06, sub req'd).
Being a festive state of mind, I've decorated the site in Christmas colors. Don't worry, we'll return to the good old blue-and-orange as soon as Baby Jesus is finished celebrating the twelve days of saturnalian debauchery with Tiny Tim up at the Burlington Mall. Welcome, Yule!
Copyright © 2006 by Philocrites | Posted 23 December 2006 at 8:09 AM