Christmas in 1953 - same old story

How well C. S. Lewis captures my longtime thoughts about Christmas. In his book, Letters To An American Lady, which I recently scored in hardback (woo-hoo, thanks, Half Price Books!), Lewis says this, on November 27, 1953:

“I feel exactly as you do about the horrid commercial racket they have made out of Christmas. I send no cards and give no presents except to children.”

My always-changing view of Christmas includes the following elements:
- Christmas has great music! At least the traditional and historical music…
- Christmas is two holidays! If I celebrate elements of the “commercial racket,” it’s not because I believe it has anything to do with the other holiday.
- I like my family, and I like doing nice things for them! But maybe we could give all that stuff a new name….?
- Maybe the Puritans were right when they abolished Christmas?

Comments? Anybody who wishes to comment should probably read Lewis’s wonderful essay, Xmas and Christmas.




You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

Leave a Reply