This news from the BBC, about a rise in the number of pagan winter solstice celebrants in the UK, is disturbing. How could people raised in the Christian West miss the point that Christmas is about shopping until your debt rivals that of a Wall Street bank, gorging yourself for a month straight, salivating over car and vacation advertisements as you plan how to spend your year-end bonus, watching bowl games, and storing up enough booze to carry you through visits from the in-laws as well as New Year’s Eve debauchery, all of it overlaid with a patina of reverence toward crackling fires and beatific snowfalls? Where do they get off thinking Christmas is about paganism? Heathens.
Tip: Jon d.