Thursday, December 02, 2010
We Have Always Been At War With Christmas
A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965):
Lucy: look, let’s face it. We all know that Christmas is a big commercial racket. It’s run by a big eastern syndicate, ya know.
Charlie: Well, this is one play that’s not going to be commercial. What our play needs is the proper Christmas mood. We need a Christmas tree.
Miracle on 34th Street (1947):
KRINGLE: That's what I've been fighting against for years: the way they commercialize Christmas.
ALFRED: A lot of bad "isms" floating around this world, but one of the worst is commercialism. Make a buck. Make a buck...Don't care what Christmas stands for. Just make a buck.
Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent. (1820):
One of the least pleasing effects of modern refinement is the havoc it has made among the hearty old holiday customs. It has completely taken off the sharp touchings and spirited reliefs of these embellishments of life, and has worn down society into a more smooth and polished, but certainly a less characteristic, surface. Many of the games and ceremonials of Christmas have entirely disappeared, and, like the sherris sack of old Falstaff, are become matters of speculation and dispute among commentators....
The world has become more worldly. There is more of dissipation, and less of enjoyment. Pleasure has expanded into a broader, but a shallower stream, and has forsaken many of those deep and quiet channels where it flowed sweetly through the calm bosom of domestic life. Society has acquired a more enlightened and elegant tone, but it has lost many of its strong local peculiarities, its homebred feelings, its honest fireside delights.
And don't forget the Pilgrims (1620):
Not until Saturday, December 23, were they able to transport a work party from the Mayflower to shore. With their axes and saws they felled trees and carried the timber to the building site. The fact that Monday, December 25, was Christmas Day meant little to the Pilgrims, who believed that religious celebrations of this sort were a profanation ofthe true word of Christ. Of more importance to them, December 25 was the day they erected the frame of their first house. “[N]o man rested that day," Bradford wrote.
This is the true Spirit of Christmas.
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What the hell did you link to?
Posted by: Marcellina | Dec 13, 2010 2:07:26 AM
Jesus fucking Christ, they removed the Parker/Stone "Spirit of Christmas"? Google and Youtube can bite me.
Posted by: NTodd | Dec 13, 2010 1:50:55 PM