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Old 22 December 2007, 07:08 PM
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Creating Christmas: Our contemporary celebration is a potpourri of practices

Lighted trees, midnight Masses, ad blitzes ó we know Christmas when we see it, hear it, smell it and feel it.

And in the glowing goodwill of the season, itís easy to believe thatís the way it has always been.

But with all due respect to Father Christmas and Baby Jesus, thatís nothing more than a chestnut roasting on an open fire.

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For the past few years, I have been amused upon hearing the "Troika" from Prokofiev's "Lieutenant Kije Suite" played in supermarkets and malls at Christmas.

But it's all part of the slow social evolution. Some of us enjoy the challenge of re-creating traditions now all but lost (at least in the U.S.A.), such as baking the ha'penny in the pudding, brewing up a syllabub, and so on. We also enjoy imported British gift poppers and wearing the paper crowns. (I don't have any idea if the British still do these things!)

Ah, for a magic mirror to know what will be done in the name of holiness a century from now!

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Theme Icon A Brief History of Christmas

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Christmas famously "comes but once a year." In fact, however, it comes twice. The Christmas of the Nativity, the manger and Christ child, the wise men and the star of Bethlehem, "Silent Night" and "Hark the Herald Angels Sing" is one holiday. The Christmas of parties, Santa Claus, evergreens, presents, "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" and "Jingle Bells" is quite another.

But because both celebrations fall on Dec. 25, the two are constantly confused. Religious Christians condemn taking "the Christ out of Christmas," while First Amendment absolutists see a threat to the separation of church and state in every poinsettia on public property and school dramatization of "A Christmas Carol."

A little history can clear things up.
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Theme Icon The 12 Myths of Christmas

A look at the symbols that had little or nothing to do with Christianity but now have much to do with Christmas.

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Of course, there is nothing wrong with decorations, festivities and merriment that are not based in Christianity, so long as they are not contrary to Christianity (such as, say, human sacrifice). So what if Christmas trees have non-Christian origins - the sentiment of celebrating the living is entirely consonant with Christian sentiments.
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Of course, there is nothing wrong with decorations, festivities and merriment that are not based in Christianity, so long as they are not contrary to Christianity.
Nor is the absence of such decorations, festivities and merriment an assault on Christianity ...

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Nor is the absence of such decorations, festivities and merriment an assault on Christianity ...

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Quite right - I was thinking of those Christians who object to the 'commercialism' of decorating and other non-biblical practices.
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Default Merry Mythmas!

For many Americans, the Christmas season is marked by good cheer, gift-giving, and ... the spreading of myths and urban legends. See if you can separate yuletide myth from fact.

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For the past few years, I have been amused upon hearing the "Troika" from Prokofiev's "Lieutenant Kije Suite" played in supermarkets and malls at Christmas.
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Heck, most people think It's a Wonderful Life is a Christmas movie, but it was never shown at Christmas when I was growing up. (It was rarely shown at all -- the first time I saw it was in August on a late-night movie.)
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