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December 13, 2009

The war on Christmas, cont.

Christopher Hitchens is concerned at unconstitutional goings on in the White House. Unfortunately, he appears to be more concerned about the Christmas tree than the rest.

The following is a fair point, however.

I never cease to be amazed by how little the Bible-believing Protestants, who constitute most of the soldiery in the Christmas wars, know about their own tradition. Under the rule of the Puritan Revolution in the England of Oliver Cromwell (ancestor in many ways of the Pilgrim Fathers) the celebration of Christmas was banned outright. This was for three reasons: the December fiesta was actually the honoring of Paganism in disguise, and a descendant of the old rites of the Winter Solstice. Then, it was also a manifestation of Popery and superstition (the "Christ-Mass"). Finally, it was an excuse for the riff-raff to get drunk and over-indulge in general. Only the last part seems to have truly survived into our present day.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 13, 2009 07:23 AM