An evaluation of an especially eccentric time of year.
Regardless of how or why you observe December 25th, this was written for you. While I do speak more pointedly to those that celebrate this day as a commemoration of the birth of Jesus Christ, I gladly extend my thoughts to those that do not. What follows are some of the feelings and convictions I've had throughout these last 11 months in regards to the Christmas/winter/holiday season.
First, I feel we must address the entire "season" as a whole. Why do we spread the celebration out over an entire month, when Christ's birth took place over a much shorter period of time? While the commemoration of something so foundational to Christian belief systems could be expected to extend beyond one day, how did society arrive at a month-long celebration? Not only that, but why then is it limited to one month? Shouldn't the gratitude and jubilation shown during December echo into the rest of the year? Incidenta