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Have yourself a dreary little Christmas

Christmas is the season for potted histories of the festival. Bolted on to the pagan solistice, celebrated for twelve feasting days in the middle ages, half stamped out by the Puritans under Cromwell, which caused pro Christmas riots.  Christmas was fading from the scene under the Georges and then revived by the Victorians.  Prince Albert brought [...]

Stopping the War on Christmas

I’ll give the Stop the War Coalition this much credit: At least their hypocrisy about opposing only certain wars doesn’t extend to the War on Christmas that Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly and others on the political Right rail about every year.

So I think O’Reilly should give the Stoppers credit for hosting a “Christmas Fundraiser” instead [...]

Christmas at Camelot

This king lay at Camelot nigh on Christmas
with many lovely lords, of leaders the best,
reckoning of the Round Table all the rich brethren,
with right ripe revel and reckless mirth.
There tourneyed tykes by times full many,
jousted full jollily these gentle knights,
then carried to court, their carols to make.
For there the feast was alike full fifteen days,
with [...]

Enjoy your Chinese-made decorations

National Public Radio’s program “All Things Considered” reports on Stuart Foster, an American who spent seven months in a Chinese jail on charges of theft. He and other inmates were forced to make Christmas lights for the US market under terrible conditions with no pay.

“In the cell, there was an average of 30 men,”says Foster, [...]

The War on Christmas: Christmas strikes back

A Salvation Army bell-ringer in Phoenix says she was assaulted by a woman after she wished the woman “Happy Holidays.”
“The lady looked at me,” said [Kristina] Vindiola. “I thought she was going to put money in the kettle. She came up to me and said, ‘Do you believe in God?’ And she says, ‘You’re supposed [...]

Fox News presents “It’s a Wonderful Life”

A couple of years ago I wondered:
If Fox Business [a spinoff from Fox News] had been around in 1946, what would the spiritual ancestors of Eric Bolling, Dan Gainor and Andrea Tantaros have said about the portrayal of Mr. Potter the banker in Frank Capra’s “It’s a Wonderful Life”?

I think the name “Joseph Stalin” would [...]

May your days, may your days, may your days…

In case anyone hasn’t seen it, here is a quite wonderfully animated version of “White Christmas” by the Drifters from 1954.

It is, among other things, the song that began the fine old tradition of Jews (in this case Irving Berlin) writing popular Christmas tunes.

Holiday music

Blogger Charles Pierce posts the original version of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” as sung by Judy Garland in the movie “Meet Me in St. Louis,” and notes that in 1957 Frank Sinatra replaced the verse “Until then we’ll have to muddle through somehow” with “Hang a shining star upon the highest bough”– thereby [...]

Tim Minchin Woody Allen Jesus

You’ve probably seen this story:

Comedian Tim Minchin has lashed out at ITV after his performance was cut from Jonathan Ross’s Christmas special.
Writing on his website, Minchin said he had been asked to compose a song for the show and wrote a “silly, harmless” lyric comparing Jesus to Woody Allen.
He claims the song – which he [...]